This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Sabien warns against ‘fly by night’ green tech companies

20 January 2011

As the UK’s low carbon economy creates a ‘gold rush’ Sabien Technology is warning against ‘fly by night’ merchants. The company cites examples of start-up companies offering low quality, re-packaged technologies claiming unproven and unrealistic savings and using aggressive sales tactics.

It also points out that a recent Which? report(2) revealed that eight out of 10 new solar panel suppliers coming to the ‘green tech’ market were making claims that could not be substantiated.

As a result, Sabien predicts, we could soon see a tightening of legislation to prevent mis-selling.

“We are now beginning to see the resurgence of old primitive prospecting techniques of exceptionally aggressive sales people across all technology sub-sectors, cold calling businesses and government departments and claiming savings figures which are not proven or achievable,” O’Brien warned. “Suppliers need to be properly accredited and qualified, marketing and installing proven technology – within the commercial energy efficiency sector we are seeing outdated technology being repackaged to resemble the latest cutting technologies,” he added.

One of the most common deceptions is claimed savings figures which are not proven or achievable – “all too often we’re finding that any savings achieved are at the detriment of the plant, building and ultimately the comfort levels impact the occupants. Likewise, sub-standard project management and installations which are the unfortunate hallmark of so many inferior firms looking to make a fast buck inevitably result in additional costs incurred by the client to remedy,” he continued.

Sabien’s client base includes FTSE 100 Index listed blue chip giants such as RBS, Aviva, O2, Lloyds, Vodafone and BT, along with a host of local councils.

Further information is available at www.sabien-tech.co.uk


Print this page | E-mail this page

https://www.fsifm.com/en-gb


MOST VIEWED...

View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

Launch event for Young Leader 2021 award announced

Launch of this year's Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) award, organised by the Emerging Workplace Leaders (EWL) organisation, will take place on 23 June....

Benchmarking maintenance

BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against ...
Article image

Who is the ‘responsible person’?

Fire safety technology – such as smoke control systems – is designed to save lives and protect property in a fire....
Article image

Commercial tenants protected from eviction for a further nine months

Landlords of commercial property will be unable to evict tenants for unpaid rent for another nine months, the government has announced....

Compass acquires PPP-IML

Compass further strengthens its support services proposition with the acquisition of PPP-IM, L, the special purpose vehicle of Semperian PPP Investment Par...
https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=78915b1c-0f11-4b5e-9468-ba601ad89761