The Green Homes Grant Scheme
The Government has announced the launch of the new Green Homes Grant scheme which is due to start at the end of September 2020. It will allow homeowners and private landlords to get funding for up to two-thirds off the cost of a range of energy saving measures - up to £5,000 – in the form of vouchers. Lower income households could be entitled to have as much as £10,000 of the costs covered. The improvements must be completed and the voucher redeemed by 31st March 2022.
The scheme will cover home improvements including insulation of walls, floors and roofs, but also in some cases new windows and entrance doors.
The measures are being targeted to help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills in a typical home.
More information is available from the Government’s website:
Required Window and Door Installer Accreditations
To participate in the scheme, window and door installers need to have PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 accreditation. Further details of these standards are available at:
For window installers without these accreditations there are additional benefits of close cooperation with primary measure contractors as it is they who have to secure and maintain accreditation with the Green Homes delivery standard (PAS 2030). When replacement windows are being incorporated as part of a broader building project and not attracting direct funding (in other words they are not single-glazed windows being removed), the window installer does not typically need the PAS 2030 accreditation. FENSA (or equivalent) and Trustmark registration is deemed to be sufficient.
When replacement doors are being funded by the Green Homes Grant scheme, the installer will always need PAS 2030 accreditation.
Support from Saint-Gobain
The Saint-Gobain Group includes several businesses, such as British Gypsum, Weber and Isover, that work together to deliver integrated solutions to deliver high-performance building envelopes – Saint-Gobain Glass and Glassolutions is part of that story.
Additional information is available from the Saint-Gobain Group website here.