Plumbers, builders and other tradespeople are being urged to register with TrustMark so they can provide services under the new Green Homes Grant scheme.
So far more than 1,000 businesses have become accredited with TrustMark to enable them to install energy efficient measures but business secretary Alok Sharma has called for more companies to come forward.
The £2bn energy efficiency scheme, due to launch next month, will support more than 100,000 jobs in green construction with the Government funding up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy-saving improvements. Green construction will include installing wall insulation, double or triple glazing and low carbon heating.
To become eligible for involvement in the scheme, it is vital for all tradespeople to register with TrustMark before they can offer their services.
For those installing energy efficiency measures, tradespeople must be certified to installation standards. To install low carbon heat measures, the tradespeople must be TrustMark Registered and be certified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme for the relevant heating technology.
Property owners will then be assured that the work carried out in their home will be of both high technical standard and customer service levels, by choosing a TrustMark registered business.
The business secretary met Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, when visiting homeinsulation installer InstaGroup this weekand witnessed how people can use their expert skills to make homes more energy efficient.
Mr Sharma also spoke to organisations who will be encouraging their members to sign up to TrustMark, including Certass, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, Federation of Master Builders and National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. They will then get certified to the relevant standards, to complete work paid in part through the Green Homes Grant.
Mr Sharma said: “The Green Homes Grant scheme will not only cut emissions and make a serious dent in people’s energy bills but will create new work for many thousands of talented builders, plumbers and other tradespeople right across the UK. Today I’m urging businesses to sign up and get TrustMark accredited so they can crack on and offer their services to households across the country when the scheme opens.”
Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, said: “As we undertake this journey, the construction and energy industries will play a vital role in the delivery of low carbon homes, providing healthier and more comfortable living conditions. We are working hard with our scheme providers to increase the numbers of TrustMark Registered Businesses, so we can meet the demand of the Green Homes Grant scheme. Businesses can join and select a scheme provider that can support their application.”