Why Use MCS?

At AJ Shire we are MCS accredited but what does that mean to you the consumer?

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:

Consumer Protection

The MCS works in partnership with the REAL Assurance Scheme which ensures that MCS installation companies are working to an Office of Fair Trading approved Code of Practice. MCS installation companies have to make sure that they sell their products and services to consumers appropriately, without miss selling or misleading a consumer.

Quality Assurance

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.

Financial Incentives

MCS is linked to the Government’s finance schemes and incentives, such as the Feed-in Tariffs, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP).

Planning Permission

For consumers for certain renewable energy technologies 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).

The Code for Sustainable Homes

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 Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

SAP for Energy Rating of Dwellings recognises MCS certificated products when determining whether products are eligible for inclusion in SAP assessments.

More information on consumer protection and consumer hints and tips can be found in the Consumer area of this website.