Green Deal Conduit Announced

5th July, 2012

The final touches are being made to the business plan for the Green Deal Conduit, a new organisation that will allow smaller organisations to take a significant slice of the Green Deal (GD) work on their own terms. It will stem the threat to their existing workload that is presented by the larger organisations that are, at this time, the only organisation linked to the Green Deal and enable those involved in the assessment and refurbishment of buildings to be in charge of their own destiny.

The ‘Green Deal Conduit’ is the current working name for a new organisation that will build a large network of small and medium sized organisations involved in the assessment and refurbishment of buildings across the UK and the aim is for it to be owned by its members. Backing this initiative is a wide range of professional institutions and trade associations working hard to ensure their members have control over the delivery of their products, not just ending up as the tail end of the supply chain.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) National Federation of Builders (NFB) Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) The Renewable Energy Sector The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) Institute for Sustainability (IfS) Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) British Institute for Interior Design (BIID)

These organisations represent almost 100,000 SME and Micro businesses in the UK. A significant amount of work has been done by some very prestigious and powerful organisations here as they all recognise a common issue needs a collaborative effort.

Russell Smith, Managing Director of Parity Projects who has been leading the development of the new organisation said, “A strong presence for smaller companies in the energy-focussed refurbishment market is desirable for two key reasons; firstly, homeowners will desire more than just a choice of high street brands. There are excellent, locally-focussed advisers and contractors that will be more preferred and trusted by some of the market. Secondly, smaller companies need to protect their existing refurbishment market which may be eaten into if some of their usual work can be funded by others. If there is no deliberate effort by smaller companies to access the GD, they and homeowners will both lose out.

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