Ofgem Issue New ECO Technical Monitoring Guidance
Ofgem Issue New ECO Technical Monitoring Guidance Jun 18, 2013
The industry regulator Ofgem has published new guidance on the technical monitoring that installers can expect to take place when they install measures under ECO (Energy Company Obligation).
Energy Suppliers are required to instruct suitably qualified independent agents to carry out technical monitoring on a sample of ECO measures. Therefore installers must adhere to ECO guidelines when carrying out installations under the scheme.
The Ofgem document lists the questions that will be used during ECO technical monitoring and will be of interest to installers wanting to know the full details of the requirements they will be subjected to.
ECO technical monitoring is split into three sections:
Compliance questions: Ensure that the measure has been installed in accordance with ECO guidelines and legislation. This section also ensures that the core fields of SAP/ RdSAP have been completed correctly and are accurate. This section is applicable for every measure inspected.
Competence questions: Ensure that the installer is approved to install the measure and the operatives on site meet the required competency levels for the work they are undertaking. This section is only applicable to pre and mid install inspections.
Carbon/Cost savings: To ensure that the measure will achieve the stated carbon / cost savings. One of three carbon stages should be completed for every measure inspected:
- Carbon Stage 1 - To be used at the pre-installation/preparatory works stage - Carbon Stage 2 - To be used at the mid-installation stage - Carbon Stage 3 - To be used at the post-installation stage
Where multiple carbon stages are applicable to a measure (e.g. for external wall insulation, flat roof insulation, internal wall insulation and underfloor insulation) the guidance document details how monitoring should be carried out.
Ofgem have developed the questions in conjunction with industry and suppliers. The questions will be used for all ECO technical monitoring conducted after 1st July 2013.