The Green Home Grants Scheme is a new scheme introduced by the UK Government for use in homes in England to help stimulate the economy whilst improving energy efficiency of the housing stock.
The scheme is designed to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with approved energy-saving methods, such as our Mineral Wool Insulation.
By using methods such as insulation, homes across England can become more energy-efficient through reduction of their energy consumption and associated carbon emissions, whilst also saving homeowners money.
Information for Homeowners
As a homeowner or landlord in England, the Green Homes Grant scheme is offering up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for low income households) to carry out a range of improvements to increase energy efficiency in homes.
The scheme is split into Primary and Secondary measures; to qualify for funding, at least one primary measure must be selected. The subsidy amount for the secondary measure will be capped at the amount received for the primary measure.
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Information for Installers / Contractors
The Government has specified that installers must be certified to Publicly Available Specification (PAS 2030:2017 or 2030:2019). This certification must come from a body that has been accredited by UKAS. If you do not have this accredited certification, you will not be able to install under the Green Homes Grant. This will give homeowners greater confidence that the installer will carry out work to the required standard.
To gain PAS 2030:2017 accreditation, installing companies should contact the Insulation Assurance Authority (IAA). Assuming the installing company has the necessary procedures in place, accreditation should typically take around 12 – 15 working days.
Information for Builders' Merchants / Distributors
Builders Merchants and Insulation Distributors will have an important role to play in the Green Homes Grant scheme by offering the right products for the associated applications to their customers.
Installers will have a requirement to purchase insulation and other materials to cover the following applications that are included in the scheme: Solid walls, cavity walls, under-floor, lofts, flat roofs, rooms in roof and park homes.
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What is the Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant is a government-led scheme offering homeowners funding to improve and upgrade their homes to be more sustainable.
The aim of the scheme is to help homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes to save money on their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions, but also to help boost the economy.
Applications for the scheme are available from the end of September 2020
When does the scheme end?
The scheme will end – with all work having to be completed – by March 31st 2021
What measures are included on the Green Homes Grant?
Primary measures include:
- Insulation (solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home)
- Low Carbon Heat (air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal). Please note, this does not include Solar PV for electricity generation.
Secondary measures include:
- Draft proofing
- Windows and doors (double/triple glazing where replacing single glazing, secondary glazing in addition to single glazing, upgrading to energy-efficient doors where replacing doors installed prior to 2002)
- Heating controls and insulation (appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves).
Note that to qualify for funding, at least one primary measure must be selected. The subsidy amount for the secondary measure will be capped at the amount received for the primary measure.
What accreditation is needed by installers and how can this be obtained?
To be able to install insulation measures under the scheme, installing companies need to:
- Be certified to Available Specification (PAS) standards 2030: 2017 or 2030: 2019 by a certification body that has been accredited by UKAS.
- Be registered with Trustmark.
To gain PAS 2030:2017 or 2030: 2019 accreditation, installing companies should contact the Insulation Assurance Authority (IAA).
How long does accreditation take?
Assuming the installing company has the necessary procedures in place, accreditation will typically take around 12 – 15 working days.
Am I eligible for funding?
If you are a homeowner or landlord with a property in ENGLAND then you are eligible for funding. The measures must be carried out by approved companies. Funding cannot be obtained for DIY measures. Funding is also not available for replacement insulation but can be used to top up to the minimum building regulations.
What products are included and how are they guaranteed?
Insulation products for the following applications are included: solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home.
We do not provide a guarantee on the product, however your installer should be able to provide a guarantee on their full system.
Where can I get further information?
For consumer advice you can find out more information on the Insulation Assurance Association's (IAA) website here.
Alternatively, Trustmark have a dedicated Green Homes Grant web page which you can access here.
What help is available if I am in Scotland, Wales or Ireland?
If you are a homeowner in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, there are other schemes available to help reduce carbon emissions from your home.
What is not covered by the Green Homes Grant?
Common items not covered by the voucher include:
- Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) not linked to a retrofit
- Building surveys not linked to a retrofit
- Building design, modelling and calculations notlinkedto a retrofit
- Training costs for contractors
- Asbestos removal
- Additional building insurance premiums or certification fees
- Retrofit measures not identified in the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme
- Changes to homes not linked to energy efficiency improvements e.g.
Changing window design or area
Electricity or gas safety work
Damp proofing etc
Boiler replacement or repair
Decoration not linked to a retrofit
Installing insulation to any of the following:
- New extensions built to current building permission
- Extension without building permission
- Extension without planning permission
- Extension without fixed heating
- Conservatories without fixed heating
- Furniture storage or removal
- Alternative accommodation costs during disruption