Five reasons why renewable installers should become a G-CERT Sub-Contractor
Five reasons why renewable installers should become a G-CERT Sub-Contractor
Becoming an accredited Sub-Contractor through the G-CERT Scheme can open up your business to lots of opportunities

Grant UK’s G-CERT Scheme delivers a comprehensive service for heating engineers who install Grant renewable technologies, providing administrative and onsite assistance as well as certifying installations for MCS accreditation. In this blog, Grant UK’s Specification Manager, Karen Kelleher, talks through just a few reasons why installers should consider becoming Sub-Contractors through the Scheme.

Please note, no new Sub-Contractor applications are now being accepted onto the G-Cert Scheme.

The G-CERT Scheme was first launched in 2017. Installers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to become a Sub-Contractor on the Scheme and, once an approved Sub-Contractor, they can then complete Grant renewable installations through the Scheme to obtain MCS accreditation on their jobs. Through G-CERT, Grant UK acts as the MCS accredited installer, working closely with Sub-Contractors throughout the installation process to provide homeowners with a renewable heating system that is MCS certified and eligible for the Government’s RHI Scheme as well.

In this blog, I would like to share with you five reasons why you should explore the Scheme further and consider joining our other G-CERT Sub-Contractors.

Reason #1 Achieve MCS Standards
Installing to MCS Standards means more than just making an installation eligible for the RHI so the G-CERT Scheme delivers benefits even for installs where the RHI is not being claimed, such as with some new builds and other contractual works. Installers who become G-CERT Sub-Contractors can be assured that Grant UK will help them complete their installations in accordance with the standards upheld by MCS. This involves complying with consumer trading standards, correctly specifying equipment and providing end-user handover folders.

The efficient and effective compliance of MCS installation standards can give you, end-users and developers complete peace of mind. MCS approved products must meet specific energy efficiency requirements and MCS accredited engineers must install and work within the parameters of high guideline standards. As Grant UK is MCS accredited, when their in-house engineers attend site to complete the commissioning process, they will ensure that the MCS standards are being adhered to and applied.

Furthermore, MCS standards stipulate that their companies are members of a suitable consumer protection scheme. One such scheme is the Renewable Energy Consumer Code who have a set of standards which protect consumers who have renewable technologies fitted within their property. Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd are members of RECC so, under G-CERT, end-users also benefit from added consumer protection.

Reason #2 Reduce the administrative burden
When an installation is processed through the G-CERT Scheme, Sub-Contractors can benefit from the administrative support that Grant UK can provide. From supplying the quotation, handling the DNO applications (when applicable) and completing the risk assessments before installation through to registering all installs on the MCS Database, registering each install for the Workmanship Warranty Insurance, and submitting the Grant product warranty registration, the G-CERT Team will look after all of this paperwork.

Grant UK will also notify Building Control, something which is mandatory with all renewable installations. This is particularly helpful for those installers who are not a member of a Competent Persons Scheme because they would normally be responsible for contacting Building Control themselves and this involves a cost too. Consequently, a G-CERT Sub-Contractor’s time is freed up allowing them to spend less time in the office.

Reason #3 Grant expertise on hand from start to finish
A fundamental benefit of being a G-CERT Sub-Contractor is access to Grant UK’s in-house technical expertise. Through the Scheme, Grant UK’s Design Team will complete the heat loss calculations and can provide full line-by-line drawings for underfloor heating systems as well. Meanwhile, for each G-CERT job, one of Grant UK’s in-house Engineers will attend site on two occasions – the first site visit is to complete the site survey and the second after installation, to commission and sign-off the system, as well as assisting the installer with the end-user handover. Throughout the entire installation process, Grant UK is on hand to provide advice and assistance, building close working relationships with our Sub-Contractors.

Reason #4 Access extended guarantees
Products installed under the G-CERT Scheme will be eligible for extended guarantees of up to 5 years (subject to Terms and Conditions) which compares to the two year guarantee that is standard on registered Grant renewable products. These extended guarantees are advantageous for homeowners who can benefit from years of reliable, sustainable home heating that their Grant system will deliver.

Reason #5 Provide your customers with RHI eligible installations
As mentioned at the beginning, G-CERT Sub-Contractors can provide their end-users with access to the Government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payments. All of Grant’s air source heat pumpssolar thermal systems and VortexAir Hybrids are MCS approved and therefore eligible for the RHI. And, when these products are commissioned by an MCS accredited engineer, homeowners can apply for RHI payments earning financial rewards for their renewable heating system. Through G-CERT, Sub-Contractors can install MCS certified installations without needing to be MCS accredited themselves, saving them the money and time involved with running a MCS Quality System while still delivering their customers all the benefits of MCS Standards.

In a nutshell, there are five reasons why becoming a G-CERT Sub-Contractor should be part of your business in the coming months.