Climate change presents us with a huge challenge to ensure that the energy we use is cleaner and greener, and that our homes are fit for the future. Making our homes more energy efficient will reduce carbon emissions, improve health, and cut bills. It will also create jobs and work for qualified builders skilled at installing energy-saving improvements.
The Green Homes Grant scheme is the beginning of a much larger journey. It represents a great opportunity for the home improvement sector, but also a challenge for it to gear up in time.
If you are a tradesperson who would like to discuss any of the details below, please email [email protected].
A new £2 billion government fund to upgrade existing homes with specific energy efficiency measures. The funding is part of the Government’s coronavirus economic recovery plans.
Homeowners or landlords in England are eligible to apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher.
The Government will provide a voucher that covers two thirds of the cost of a qualifying energy efficiency improvements, up to a limit of £5,000. Lower income applicants can cover the full cost, up to £10,000.
A Green Homes Grant must be used to install at least one of the following primary measures:
In addition to at least one primary measure, the Grant can be used to fund any of the following secondary measures:
All measures must be additional, rather than replacement, to qualify for a Green Homes Grant. More details are outlined on the Simple Energy Advice website.
The scheme runs from 30 September 2020 until 31 March 2021. All work needs to be carried out during this period.
Households will only be able to get work done under the Green Homes Grant scheme by an accredited tradesperson or business.
You are accredited if ALL of the following points apply:
If you would like to take part in the Green Homes Grant scheme, the FMB is here to help.
This will depend on how many of the points above you still need to make progress with, and how many trades you choose to offer as part of Green Homes Grant work. However, guide costs are provided below:
This will depend on your current level of experience. If you have the relevant training, knowledge and experience, the PAS2030 certification process will take a minimum of 12 working days, once you have submitted all the relevant paper work.
PAS2030 sets out what’s expected of contractors installing energy efficiency measures, to ensure standards are in keeping with customer expectation and industry best practise. To be successful your technical competence will be assessed, but you will also need to provide a series of documents, including:
The FMB is exploring ways of providing training and support through the process. This could cover support to set up a Quality Management System for members, to help manage the audit of various records and compliances that a firm will need to demonstrate as part of the PAS2030 application process.
You can partner with another organisation which has the relevant qualifications for the scheme, for example contracting a specialist insulation company who is already certified.
If you would like to discuss the details of the Green Homes Grant scheme, please email [email protected].
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