The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency is an independent body that provides 25 year guarantees for Cavity Wall Insulation fitted by registered installers in the UK and Channel islands. The standard Guarantee covers traditionally constructed residential property, although a CIGA Commercial Guarantee is also available to owners of qualifying non residential property.
The Government regards cavity wall insulation as the most effective energy savings measure that most people can carry out on their homes and a major contributor to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency was established in 1995 after consultation with the Government’s Energy, Environment and Waste Directorate (a division of DETR) to provide householders with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee covering defects in materials and workmanship.
Independent research carried out for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) has confirmed that cavity wall insulation is a very reliable process. Problems are therefore extremely rare, but if they do occur, CIGA has the expertise to ensure that they are swiftly rectified.
All members installers of CIGA are assessed for competence and must follow the technical guidance for the material used and CIGA Best Practice Guidance. A summary of the requirements that members must meet and their obligations can be reviewed before installation begins, a CIGA registered installer will carry out a pre-installation assessment to ensure that the property is suitable for Cavity Wall Insulation. The installation of the insulation will then be completed at a mutually convenient time according to stringent technical standards laid down by CIGA.
Once the work is finished and final payment has been received the installer will apply to CIGA for a Guarantee, and a certificate will be sent directly to you. The Guarantee should be kept safely, as it may need to be produced in the event of a claim or if you sell the property, since the Guarantee is also available to subsequent owners of the property.
The CIGA Guarantee covers defects in materials or workmanship, and in the event of a problem CIGA’s technical department is there to help. If the work is completed in England and Wales by an installer registered under the CWISC competent persons scheme then the Certificate also incorporates evidence of compliance with the Building Regulations.
Who are we?
We’re the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.
By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. Trust the Triangle.
Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.
WHAT WE DO?
We aim to protect the public from unsafe gas work, and look to achieve this through:
• a national investigations team tracking down illegal gas workers
• regular inspections of Gas Safe registered engineers
• educating consumers and raising awareness of gas safety
• investigating reports of unsafe gas work
Since it was launched in 1991, OFTEC has played a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Our trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. We also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work. Our online shop, OFTEC Direct, supplies a range of technical books, equipment and clothing products for heating technicians.
OFTEC’s aim is to promote the highest professional standards across the industry and provide efficient service and support for our customers. As part of this commitment we publish a quality manual which is reviewed annually.
Ocean Certification provides UKAS Accredited certification services to the PAS 2030 standard for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings.
PAS2030 was created to support the Government’s framework to deliver energy efficiency measures to property owners across the UK. The primary objective for the standard is to provide a robust, uniformly applicable specification that will assist installers to demonstrate that their installation of energy efficiency improvement measures have met specification and customer requirements.
PAS 2030 Certification to work under funding schemes
PAS2030 can be used to access Government funding within the England and Wales such as the Energy Company Obligation or a range of funding mechanisms in Scotland. PAS2030 is increasingly being used to demonstrate competence when competing in tenders and Local Authorities commonly require PAS 2030 for installers working under their energy efficiency schemes. Upon certification all installers are registered on the Green Deal ORB Participant Register.
Key benefits of PAS 2030 Certification
• Create a robust and quality approach to energy efficiency measure installation
• Improving your efficiency or profitability and gaining access to new markets.
• Instilling confidence in consumers, contractors and stakeholders that you are adhering to quality processes
• Achieving PAS 2030 certification means you can use Ocean Certification Ltd.’s authorisation as Green Deal Installers working as a Green Deal Participant
• We are cost competitive; our process is straight forward and we provide a personalised, approachable service compared to larger certification bodies.
• PAS 2030 certification means you demonstrate compliance with supply chain requirements (e.g. supports PQQ process) giving your company advantage in winning tenders and picking up new business.
• Provides a good platform for introducing new management systems in the future
Integrated Management System
PAS 2030 can be effectively integrated with Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems to form a streamlined integrated management system. Collectively, these systems strengthen an organisation’s bids for client contracts, and in particular PQQs (Pre Qualification Questionnaires) with Green Deal Providers.*
We are Kiwa, a world top 20 leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). With our certification, inspection, testing, training and consultancy services, we create trust in our customers' products, services, processes, (management) systems and employees.
We do so in a wide variety of markets segments, ranging from construction and energy supply to drinking water, healthcare, food, feed & farming. Areas of expertise include management systems, corporate social responsibility and lab testing, among many others.
We have clients in manufacturing and process industries, (business) services, public and private utilities, governments and international institutions.
Kiwa employs over 4,700 people in more than 100 offices in over 40 countries across the world, mainly in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The CAV Check Scheme:
Demonstrating compliance with the requirements of Annex B.1 of PAS 2030: 2017.
CAV Check is a simple, user friendly online system providing independent verification of pre-installation building inspections by a team of accredited auditors.
In order to improve quality within the industry and ensure the highest standards are upheld, the latest version of PAS 2030 requires that all cavity wall insulation measures must be accompanied by evidence that the findings of the pre-installation building inspection have been independently checked.
The CAV Check scheme is unique in that a portion of the fee from every audit will be donated to fuel poverty charities in the UK.
Cavity Wall installers must be compliant with PAS 2030:2017 by 31st May 2017 at the latest. However, CIGA are stating that they will require evidence of an independent pre-installation check for any guarantees applied for from 1st May. It is important to note that other insurance providers such as GDGC have not stated they will require PAS 2030:2017 compliance in advance of 31st May
Only an authorised Green Deal Installer can install energy efficiency improvements under the Green Deal finance mechanism. Authorised installers will be able to identify themselves as ‘Green Deal installers’ and use the Green Deal Quality Mark.
Becoming a Green Deal installer
To qualify as an authorised installer, you must:
• be certified by a Green Deal accredited certification body as meeting the PAS 2030 standard for the measures you wish to install
• abide by the conditions in the Green Deal Code of Practice
• be registered by your certification body for the Green Deal with the Oversight and Registration Body and licensed to use the Green Deal Quality Mark