Go Green With The Green Homes Grant Scheme
At the beginning of August, the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that a new £2 billion green homes grant scheme would be launched in September. The announcement of the £2 billion 2020 Green Homes Grant Scheme will see up to 600,000 homeowners and private landlords receive grants to improve the thermal performance and energy efficiency of their properties.
From the end of September, homeowners will be able to apply for vouchers to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of installing energy-efficient and low carbon heating improvements in their homes. Primarily the scheme covers the installation of low-carbon heating (solar thermal systems, air source or ground source heat pumps and biomass pellet boilers) and insulation (eg. underfloor, loft, roof, solid wall or cavity wall)
Providing at least one of these primary measures is installed, homeowners can also apply for funding towards new glazing, energy-efficient doors, draught-proofing or heating controls. This a great opportunity to improve the UK’s housing stock, reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, as well as improve the comfort and wellbeing of homes.
Watch this short video to see the steps you, and the homeowner, will need to take:
Contractors and the green home grant scheme
This is the important bit for you, the installer! Quality of workmanship lies at the heart of the scheme with tradespeople urged to sign up for TrustMark accreditation or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Also, if you are a heat pump installer then you must be registered with the MCS. The latest changes to the Government Terms and Conditions means that subcontractors are no longer required to also be TrustMark accredited. They also don’t have to be PAS or MCS certified but all work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant PAS or MCS requirements.
In order to complete the work as the installer for the homeowner you must have one of the above so make sure you register as soon as possible. This gives householders quality assurance. Contractors can join the scheme here
As the Green Homes Grant scheme requires the work to be completed by a TrustMark Registered Business you may want to consider this. So, if you install: Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation. Air source or ground source heat pumps. Solar thermal systems. Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing. Energy-efficient doors. Hot water tanks/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls.
You can also watch this short video to see some of the benefits of becoming a TrustMark registered Business
To read the full press release from the BEIS click here.
To find out how to become a TrustMark installer click here.
For more on the MCS click here.
For the full Terms and conditions click here.