What is the Green Deal?

The Green Deal was first launched in the UK on October 1st 2012 and went live on January 28th 2013.

Both in the UK and globally, CIBSE members are working towards meeting the challenges of encouraging better building performance. Buildings use almost 50% of the UK’s energy and it is recognised that 20% of the energy used in buildings is needlessly wasted.

The Green Deal aims to reduce UK Carbon Emission output and reduce the national demand for imported gas supplies by offering consumers funding for property improvements.

The Green Deal is a key government policy to enable building owners and operators to install energy efficient improvements to buildings at no upfront cost to the owner or operator. Instead a finance package is offered to the building operator and will be repaid by being charged to the operator’s energy bill over a specific period.

The improvements will reduce the building operators' energy bills. The costs of the installation is added to the electricity bill, allowing estimated savings on the total energy bill equal to or exceeding the cost of the work; otherwise the improvements will not qualify for Green Deal finance. (Also known as the Golden Rule of the Green Deal plan, the payments will not outweigh the savings).

Under the Green Deal plan, the liability for the payments remains with the building, and does not follow the owner or occupier after they leave the building.


CIBSE Certification are offering assessment to all suitably experienced individuals with a minimum of two years relevant experience in the last 5 years. For experienced energy assessors and advisors, particularly those who work within the area of non-domestic energy and advice, the APEL route offers the opportunity to build on their existing experience and expertise and to quickly build this into the required framework to become a Green Deal Advisor.

CIBSE Certification can be confident that Green Deal Advisors they have certified have the right experience to be giving energy efficiency advice.