The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will focus on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable consumers and those living in 'hard to treat' properties, such as period homes.
There are 3 strands to the Energy Company Obligation
ECO Carbon Savings promotes the installation of solid wall and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation alongside packages of measures which ordinarily can’t be financed solely through the Green Deal.
ECO Carbon Savings Community Obligation promotes the installation of insulating measures and connections to district heating systems in defined areas of low income and rural areas
ECO Affordable Warmth provides heating and insulation measures including the repair and replacement of boilers, to consumers living in private tenure properties that receive particular means-tested benefits to reduce the overall cost of space heating. This obligation supports low-income consumers that are vulnerable to the impact of living in cold homes, including the elderly, disabled and families.
ECO Affordable Warmth
To get ECO Affordable Warmth a survey of the house must take place taking into account SAP/RDSAP and consideration must be given to measures that are likely to achieve notional heating cost savings. For measures within PAS, measures must be installed by operatives who meet the operative competence requirements listed in the measure-specific annexes to PAS but do not need to be ‘PAS accredited’. The measures will be covered by a normal product warranty from the manufacturer except in the case of a boiler repair where a 1-2 year warranty is required.
ECO Carbon Savings & Communities
To get this form of ECO the measure must be a ‘recommended measure‘. Measures can be recommended in a report by a Green Deal Assessor (a Green Deal Report), or can be recommended in a report by a chartered surveyor. For measures within PAS, measures must be installed by operatives who meet the operative competence requirements listed in the measure-specific annexes to PAS.
Measures installed will be covered under the Green Deal warranty scheme.