Homeowners & Landlords – Green Homes Grant
The Government funded ‘Green Homes Grant scheme‘ is an opportunity for homeowners and landlords in England to upgrade their homes with energy saving improvements. The grant will cover up to two thirds of the cost for energy efficient measures up to £5000, and for low income households, the vouchers will cover up to £10,000.
At the Property Care Association (PCA), we are pleased to see this level of investment that is intended help improve the nation’s housing stock reduce energy bills.
To ensure the Green Homes Grant only works to make homes better we have created some guidance complementary to the promotion of the scheme but aimed at ensuring homeowners know something about what they are buying before insulation works inadvertently create problems. Let’s do this RIGHT this time round!
What can I use the vouchers for?
There are two categories of energy saving installations which are covered by the grant. You can read about them in more detail on our ‘what is the green home grant’ page, but essentially:
- The first and primary category relates to retrofit insulation (such as wall & roof insulation) and energy efficient heating solutions
- The secondary category deals with supplementary energy efficient solutions such as draught proofing
In addition to the above…
To facilitate these installations, the Government has also said that additional services will be covered by the grant. This includes the cost of any necessary dampness related inspections prior to insulation being installed, and any essential necessary structural repairs and inspections.
Any new insulation must be applied to buildings that are otherwise free of defects. In an acknowledgement of this principle, the Government have also said that some additional services that ensure the building is fit to insulate, will be funded by the grant. Services funded by the voucher will include the cost of any inspections and essential repair work relating to dampness and structural defects. Essential work that must be carried out prior to the delivery of any insulation.
To apply, you simply require a quote from a ‘TrustMark Accredited Surveyor’ which you then submit to the Simple Energy Advice website. Your grant will be sent to you once your application has been granted. To find out more, click on the button below
Why is insulation sometimes a bad thing for buildings?
Insulation can be a fantastic energy saving measure to effectively retain the heat in your home, but is it right for your home and have you ensured you have conducted the appropriate inspections and checks?
As supporters of the scheme, we want to see homeowners have good experiences that help improve their homes, and not have to suffer the consequences of unsuitable and inappropriate retrofit solutions installed by inexperienced firms.
Without the proper checks and improper installation, insulation can upset the moisture/water balance within your home. This means that all the moisture and humid air that would previously have flowed out of the property will be trapped inside due to a lack of ventilation. Over time this can result in rot, mould, failing wall finishes and the deterioration of the buildings’ fabric. Click on the button to find out more.
What checks should I do before saying YES?
We mentioned proceeding with caution earlier and yes, whilst the Green Homes Grant is a welcome initiative to save energy and some cash in homeowners’ pockets, there is a responsibility to understand that retrofit insulation can fundamentally affect the way the building copes with moisture and dampness.
Below is a list of precautionary checks you can take to identify if you will actually benefit from any retrofit action, or if you are inviting trouble into your property.
Pre-installation & condition surveys
If you have performed some of the suggested checks above and feel you may have a cause for concern or would just like to seek a professional opinion, then you can always contact one of our independent, Government-backed and TrustMark accredited PCA members who would be happy to conduct the necessary checks for you. Simply run a search using the member search function below and find a PCA member local to you!
Related info about the Green Homes Grant
As the Trade Association for the preservation industry, the PCA offer a variety of courses to help you with your professional development. Take a look at some of the options below.