To help local authorities explain the benefits of the Green Deal to landlords, tenants, staff and others, the NationalSkillsAcademy for Environmental Technologies has launched a new online guide which can be branded to specific customer requirements.

The site is an introductory guide to creating an energy efficient home, covering the Green Deal and the installation of environmental technologies. It can be individually tailored to each local authority and edited to include a message from the chief executive or sustainability manager. Easy to use and navigate, the Green Deal online guide includes a jargon buster, explanations of all the measures covered under the scheme, plus a regularly updated news and blog section.

By branding the microsite to represent a specific customer, the guide can be used for promotional purposes – as part of a local authority’s website, for example – providing a cost effective way to convey the Green Deal message in a professional and engaging format.

Cathryn Hickey, executive director of the NationalSkillsAcademy, said: “Local authorities have a commitment to understanding schemes like the Green Deal; not just to benefit their own housing stock and tenants, but also to inform the wider community in ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Educating everyone is no mean feat; our Green Deal online guide provides a point of reference that is easy to understand and will be kept up to date as the Green Deal evolves.”

The Green Deal online guide joins the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies’ other e-learning resources, including a more in-depth course covering the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), free sales and marketing tool for SMEs and technology specific modules.