First-time central heating ECO funding restriction scrapped helping landlords hit MEES targets
The Government have published their response to their latest ECO consultation, Energy Company Obligation (ECO3): improving consumer protection which will help landlords meet MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) requirements.
New drafted legislation outlines that landlords can now receive funding for first-time central heating through the ECO scheme in private rented properties regardless of EPC rating.
In addition, the consultation response also requires companies installing energy efficiency measures to have the TrustMark accreditation, as well as the updated 2019 PAS standards, to improve consumer protection in the scheme.
The new TrustMark scheme has been developed to help reassure households having work done that the companies have met the appropriate standards for installing insulation and new central heating systems in their homes.
Business, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This new scheme will guarantee households the peace of mind that workers installing energy efficiency measures in their homes are trusted tradespeople.”
The Government will lay amending regulations in Parliament which are expected to come into force on 1st January 2020.
Ofgem will issue guidance on the new legislation ahead of the regulations coming into force.