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The IAA becomes the first new MCS certification body in a decade

Dec Connolly Editor

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MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), the standards organisation for small-scale domestic renewable energy and heating across the UK, has appointed The IAA (The Insulation Assurance Authority) as a certification body for the installation of small-scale renewables.

The new partnership will help drive high-quality installations of small-scale renewables and provide confidence in home-grown energy as The IAA becomes the first new-to-scheme contractor certification body in over 10 years.

The IAA is UKAS accredited to assess the work of its contractors to the requirements of the MCS standards. The IAA’s 140-strong membership base and new entrants wishing to join the industry can now apply to become certified through The IAA to install small-scale renewables to a high standard. The technologies covered include the design and installation of air source heat pumps (ASHP) and ground source heat pumps (GSHP), as well as the installation of solar PV and solar heating.

The IAA assurance framework gives homeowners, the confidence that work is carried out to the highest standards helps ensure it is done ‘right first time’

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said: “We are delighted to announce the new partnership between MCS and The IAA as we are both driven by complementary visions on decarbonisation and meeting the scale of government retrofit targets by 2050. Importantly, we work closely with our certification bodies to provide real confidence in quality renewable technologies to consumers. Joining forces with The IAA, will allow MCS to expand our industry reach, help us to champion quality and to grow the number of MCS certified installers which currently stands at 2,673.” 

Ron Fenwick, Head of Certification at The IAA, added: “The IAA is proud to be the latest certification body to offer MCS certification for a number of small-scale renewable technologies. By working with MCS, we will continue to deliver the Government’s net zero targets through our Right First Time ethos.”

Simona Marcucci, Head of Customer Operations at The IAA, explained: “As a new MCS certification body our team is delighted to be able to offer installers certification for energy efficiency technologies. Once installers have provided confirmation that they are signed up to a consumer code we can start the onboarding process. As long as installers are audit-ready, we can onboard in 12 working days. We look forward to building a strong working relationship with MCS, a company that has quality at the heart of everything it does.”

To register your interest in becoming MCS certified through The IAA, complete the application form here.