In a bid to reassure homeowners that the work carried out under their Green Homes Grant Scheme will be to a high standard, yesterday the Government announced details of the requirement for all installers involved in the voucher-based initiative to have the appropriate certification from MCS or Trustmark.
Meaning that all builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need to have a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant.
The new scheme which will be available from the end of September, will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of green home improvements in more than 600,000 across the UK and will support 100,000 jobs in green construction.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said, “Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople.”
“The Green Homes Grant is a vital part of our plan for jobs as we secure the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus. This is going to be a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart”, stated the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal systems
Additionally, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
Low income tenants who are in receipt of income-based or disability benefits will be able to get 100% of their installs funded, up to a maximum value of £10,000 in an effort to address fuel poverty.
Households will be offered a list of approved MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work, such as ourselves. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so installations can begin.
A quarter of the £2 billion from the scheme will be administered by local authorities across England through the Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
The government’s wider green package, announced last month by the Chancellor, also includes an additional £1 billion programme to make public buildings, including schools and hospitals across the UK more energy efficient. An additional £50 million is being made available to pilot innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale.
Almost a fifth of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from heating buildings but reducing carbon dioxide from homes will be essential to reaching net zero by 2050.
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