MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates compliance to industry standards that companies strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that companies are able to consistently install or manufacture to the highest quality every time.
MCS demonstrates the quality of products and competence of installers in the renewable technology sector. In this rapidly growing industry, installers and products that carry the MCS mark are likely to be seen as the preferred option in the market place.
MCS benefits include:
MCS Installation Companies have to make sure that they sell their products and services to consumers appropriately, without mis-selling or misleading a consumer.
The MCS works in partnership with the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), The Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) which ensures that MCS Installation Companies are working to a Trading Standards Institute (TSI) Approved Code of Practice.
For certified products this is ensured through the products satisfying rigorous and established European and International standards.
Installer certification includes assessing the supply, design, installation, set-to-work, and commissioning of renewable microgeneration technologies.
MCS is linked to the Governments’s finance schemes and incentives, such as the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
For consumers of certain renewable energy technologies, it has now been made a lot simpler thanks to permitted development rights introduced in England and Scotland (www.planningportal.gov.uk). Some MCS products can be installed without planning permission when installed in accordance with the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO).
This is a mandatory requirement for all newly built homes to meet sustainability ratings, including ratings for energy and CO2 emissions. MCS certificated technologies can be used to meet the requirements of this Code.
The National Calculation Methodology for the energy rating of dwellings, known as SAP, recognises MCS certificated products within SAP assessments in most cases.
In some cases there may be additional test data requirements for SAP recognition, such as with heat pumps, see here: www.ncm-pcdb.org.uk/sap. Individual heat pumps must be listed in the SAP Product Characteristics Database (PCDB) for assessment purposes, otherwise default data is used. In the case of solid fuel boilers, these must be listed in the PCDB for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) purposes.