SEAM Centre Seminar - June 2010


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An introduction to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) from BRE Global outlining the requirements of the scheme for micro-renewable energy installers.

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  • Recognising the need to protect consumers from bad practice and unscrupulous installers and having learned lessons from previous, less stringent schemes, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) was conceived… The MCS is an independent scheme that certifies microgeneration products and installers in accordance with consistent standards. It is designed to evaluate microgeneration products and installers against robust criteria providing greater protection for consumers.  The MCS is the only certification scheme to cover all microgeneration products and services, and has support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, industry and non-governmental groups as a prime method for making a substantial contribution to cutting the UK's dependency on fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions.
  • SEAM Centre Seminar - June 2010

    1. 1. SEMINAR Microgeneration Certification Scheme
    2. 2. Microgeneration Certification Scheme Colin Sinclair BRE Highlands T: 01463 667349
    3. 3. Benefits of Micro-renewable Systems <ul><li>Provide a useful proportion of a building’s energy demand </li></ul><ul><li>Help reduce CO 2 emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Help achieve higher sustainability ratings </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. for BREEAM and CSH / Ecohomes) </li></ul><ul><li>Help satisfy planners’ and home owners’ expectations for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Be good value for money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Payback / ROI / FiT / RHI </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhance the reputation of the industry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage uptake </li></ul></ul>When correctly designed, manufactured and installed micro renewable systems can:
    4. 4. Why MCS? <ul><li>Replacement needed for Clear Skies and PV schemes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More robust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protect reputation of the industry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UKAS accreditation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protect consumers by providing robust criteria for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of installations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mitigate Risks </li></ul>
    5. 5. Risks <ul><li>Things can go wrong! </li></ul><ul><li>Little knowledge amongst homeowners </li></ul><ul><li>Poor performance can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase running costs (reduce ROI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cause discomfort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce, or even reverse, emissions savings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poor design and installation can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be unsafe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce system performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Damage the building envelope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any of the above could turn a positive vision into a negative image </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme <ul><li>MCS Mark: </li></ul><ul><li>MCS mark owned by Secretary of State (DECC) </li></ul><ul><li>Mark licensed to Gemserv (MCS administrator) </li></ul><ul><li>Sub licensed to Certification bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Certification bodies issue mark to certificated companies </li></ul>
    7. 7. MCS Overview (simplified) Gemserv MCS Steering Group DECC UKAS Stakeholders: Industry Trade assocs Consumer groups Grant bodies DECC UKAS Etc. etc. Certification bodies Certificated companies Technical Working groups etc Scheme documents & standards etc
    8. 8. The MCS Installer Scheme <ul><li>Certification of companies not individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design, supply, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of microgeneration systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessments conducted in two parts: </li></ul><ul><li>Office Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MCS 001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership of an OFT approved consumer code of conduct (e.g. REAL) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-site Installation Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology specific installation standard (MIS 300X) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimate of annual energy performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certification is maintained through surveillance assessments (usually annually) </li></ul>
    9. 9. MCS Simply Explained <ul><li>Say what you do,… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have written procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… do what you say,… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow your procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… prove that you are doing it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To get MCS certification </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Office Assessment <ul><li>Quality manual appropriate to the business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be intimidated! A small business probably doesn’t need a complex quality manual (but a large one might) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback suggests a good quality manual improves the business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs to be a controlled document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Formal approval & sign-off = ‘ownership’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Issue number and date </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Singing from the same hymn sheet’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Office Assessment <ul><li>Assesses procedures for a number of activities including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is responsible for each activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. keeping up with changes in regulations and standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment and calibration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and competence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Written procedures ensure quality and consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Full requirements are detailed in MCS001 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annex A, Table 1 </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. On-site Assessment <ul><li>Technology specific installation standards </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of competence to install, not the installation itself </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of knowledge and competence </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be a recent installation completed by the installer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full scope of service (supply, design, install, commission, handover) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. The MCS Product Scheme <ul><li>Scheme covers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar Collectors (MCS 004) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar Photovoltaic Modules (MCS 005) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro and Small Wind Turbines (MCS 006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat Pumps (MCS 007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomass (MCS 008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat-led Micro-cogeneration Packages (MCS 014) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Cells and Micro Hydro are in preparation </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. The MCS Product Scheme <ul><li>Product approval is generally in two parts: </li></ul><ul><li>Technical evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of test reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checks on the validity & completeness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish build status of product(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Factory production control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality management system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency of manufacture of certificated products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual surveillance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change control </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Product Testing <ul><li>Acceptance criteria for test reports described in MCS 011 </li></ul><ul><li>UKAS or equivalent test laboratories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing must be in scope of accreditation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unaccredited independent test laboratories or manufacturers own testing facilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of laboratory by certification body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confirmation of correct equipment, procedures & competence etc. at the time of testing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witness testing </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Certification <ul><li>Contractors and products that meet the relevant requirements will be MCS certificated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listing on websites e.g. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eligibility for FITs etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of MCS and Certification Body marks </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. BRE Global Certification Scheme <ul><li>Scheme operating for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar Thermal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar PV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro-wind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat pumps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro-CHP (pending accreditation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other standards under development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full UKAS accreditation achieved </li></ul><ul><li>420+ installers Certificated by BRE Global </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>700+ products approved </li></ul><ul><li>Further information: </li></ul>Current status :
    18. 18. Summary <ul><li>MCS in place to underpin and enhance confidence in the industry by setting minimum requirements for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard of installations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installer and product schemes established </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual energy calculations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer code of conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum performance requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial assessment followed by surveillance </li></ul><ul><li>A number of certification bodies now operating MCS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robustness of the schemes needs to be maintained </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. BRE seminars – ‘becoming MCS certificated’ <ul><li>1 day seminars to assist becoming certificated (installers) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar thermal 30 th June East Kilbride </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PV 1 st July East Kilbride </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat pumps 28 th July East Kilbride </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomass 29 th July East Kilbride </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wind turbines 5 th August East Kilbride </li></ul></ul><ul><li>£125 </li></ul><ul><li>Further dates to follow </li></ul><ul><li>More info: </li></ul>
    20. 20. THANK YOU <ul><li>Colin Sinclair </li></ul><ul><li>BRE Highlands </li></ul><ul><li>The Green House </li></ul><ul><li>Beechwood Business Park </li></ul><ul><li>Inverness </li></ul><ul><li>IV2 3BL </li></ul><ul><li>01463 667349 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>