The Green Deal http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/

The Green Deal is a scheme that can help you make energy-saving improvements to your home or business, the accreditation aspect of the scheme is split into three distinct parts; Providers, Installers and Assessors.

Only companies who gone through an accreditation process are allowed to display the Green Deal logo, with Green Deal Providers having to go through many stringent checks before being awarded that status.

Providers - arrange Green Deal Plans, provide finance, and arrange for the installation of the agreed energy efficiency improvements through an authorised Installer. They are also responsible for:

Offering a Green Deal Plan to customers, based on recommendations from an accredited Assessor, arranging for the installation of energy efficiency improvements, carried out by an authorised Installer; and on-going obligations in relation to Green Deal Plans, including dealing with customer complaints and providing information when a new bill payer moves into a property with a Green Deal.

Installers - Once a property has had an assessment and the finance for measures has been approved, the next step will be installation of the Green Deal measure(s) agreed. Only an authorised Green Deal Installer can install energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal finance mechanism. Installers may specialise in one or multiple measures.

Assessors - a Green Deal Assessor is a Green Deal Approved organisation that is certified by an accredited Green Deal Certification Body against the Assessor Specification and is authorised by the Secretary of State to act as a Green Deal Assessor. The Assessor will then engage a Green Deal Advisor to visit the property to undertake a Green Deal assessment and make recommendations for energy saving improvements. (The Advisor may be an accredited Green Deal Assessor themselves)

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the first product and installer certification scheme to cover all the microgeneration technologies. The MCS Mark is currently owned by the Secretary of State for Energy. The industry-led MCS Steering Group evaluates microgeneration products and installers against strict criteria using European and ISO technical standards for micro wind turbines, heat pumps including ground and air source heat pumps, photovoltaics, biomass, CHP, Micro Hydro and solar thermal.

The Scheme's overall aim is to contribute to creating a safe, reliable and low carbon energy source to meet challenging EU 2020 targets on renewables. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is designed to raise standards, protect consumers and the Scheme's approach is to assess installer company procedures and skills, as well as to inspect microgeneration installations.

CHAS http://www.chas.co.uk/

CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a Government run scheme. Each month thousands of contractors and consultants apply for work with public and private sector organisations. In order to be awarded the relevant contract, the companies and individuals applying must meet health and safety standards.

CHAS assesses applicants on their health and safety policy statement, their organisation and how it deals with health and safety and their specific health and safety arrangements. This means that everyone will work to an acceptable standard. All members of the CHAS scheme are stored on a database which is accessible by members only.

Gas Safe Register http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/

Gas safety is one of the most important factors in having a safe home and work place. The dangers that surround unsafe gas appliances are deadly serious. Poorly maintained, faulty or badly installed gas work leads to carbon monoxide poisoning, the effects of which can be fatal.

Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom, Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in Great Britain and Isle of Man on 1 April 2009 and Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 April 2010. The sole focus of the register is on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards.

NICEIC National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting http://www.niceic.com/

NIC-EIC has been assessing the technical competence of electricians for over 50 years. Their aim is to protect everyone who uses electricity from unsafe electrical installations anywhere. To achieve this, they maintain a register of qualified, competent electricians. They look at a representative sample of the electrical contractor's work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory electrician. Once the contractors become registered with NIC-EIC, they are re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure high standards.

Safe Contractor http://www.safecontractor.com/

In 1999 SupplyLine was born. After further development the product was expanded to provide web based access to its clients and was re-branded as SAFEcontractor in 2003.

Steady growth and the adoption of the system by some major names such as Kellogg, Debenhams Retail Plc., Home Retail Group and General Motors UK, Atlantic Contracting saw entry into new client markets and further growth in contractor members.

CSCS http://www.cscs.uk.com/

CSCS was set up to help the construction industry to improve quality and reduce accidents. CSCS cards are increasingly demanded as proof of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others. They cover hundreds of occupations so whatever you do in construction there will be a card that is suitable for you.

ConstructionLine http://www.constructionline.co.uk/static/about-us.html

As a supplier, you'll know that jumping through the same vetting hoops every time you tender is not a brilliant use of time and resources. And for buyers, sifting through pre-qualification data and keeping it up to date adds up to a similarly wasteful job. Constructionline helps both sides of the deal bypass these problems, saving everyone time, money and hassle in the process.

Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) http://www.recc.org.uk/

The RECC scheme was set up by the Renewable Energy Association to regulate companies involved in the selling or leasing small-scale renewable or low carbon heat or power generation units. All companies must provide high-quality products and services to consumers. The Consumer Code, the centrepiece of the scheme, is aimed at all those companies that have contact with domestic, community and small-business consumers.

They aim to ensure high standards of service from their members. They will monitor the performance of their members in various ways to promote and encourage these high standards, these include, compliance checking, auditing, mystery shopping etc.

Wherever appropriate, the Code must be used with two other important quality-assurance mechanisms that also form part of the scheme:

  • Installer accreditation standards for installers
  • Certification standards for products suitable for domestic, community and small-business use.