For several years, home owners looking to install renewable energy technologies in their homes have had access to Government subsidies and feed-in tariffs if those installations were done by accredited firms working to set standards of technical competence and consumer protection. This has helped to grow a new market which is fast improving in quality and efficiency.
However, with the withdrawal of those financial incentives and the rules attached to them, the risk is that consumer protection is in effect also being reduced, and this could lead to more problems for customers in future.
This is why TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, supports the launch of the Renewable Installer Accreditation Scheme, and will continue to support the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) and others to ensure the new scheme is robust but not costly or bureaucratic for the firms involved.
The scheme intends to build into the market a voluntary register of firms which will meet Competent Persons Scheme criteria for building regulations compliance and also TrustMark’s criteria for consumer protection. It is a combination that has worked very successfully in other parts of the home improvement market for almost 10 years, and has strong support from industry and consumer organisations.
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Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information, please contact: Georgina Watkins, Tel: 07595 158460, Email: email@example.com