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What is the new Green Homes Grant (and am I applicable)?

October 1, 2020

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler

The new Green Homes Grant has officially launched and we couldn’t be happier. Find out more about the new Government grant scheme and whether or not you can take advantage of it.

The new Green Homes Grant officially landed yesterday after a long awaited build up. The scheme is intended as a way to bridge the gap between delivering net zero homes and supporting green careers and economic recovery. And, here at Buildpass, we are over the moon that it’s finally live.

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord, then the Green Homes Grant could well be for you. The scheme is focused on those living in England and is a chance to maximise the efficiency of your home or development.

What is the new Green Homes Grant? Essentially, it is your chance to apply for vouchers worth up to £5,000 to make your home greener. This fund can help pay for insulation, double glazing, low-carbon heating and a plethora of other home improvements.

However, it isn’t as straightforward as applying for the scheme and receiving your voucher in the post. In this article, we will explore the scheme in finer detail, including what you need to do to tick the boxes and access the grants.

What improvements does the Green Homes Grant include?

The Green Homes Grant scheme provides homeowners and landlords with vouchers to install:

Recipients can also use the vouchers for further energy-saving measures. These could be one or more of the following:

In its simplest form, the grant pays for any energy efficiency improvements you want to make to your home. But, there are some restrictions and points that are worth keeping in mind.

What do I need to know about the Green Home Grant scheme?

Before everyone gets too excited, there are some restrictions.

But it isn’t all red tape. There is also the opportunity for homeowners from lower income backgrounds to receive even higher financial support.

Poorer households will be eligible for up to £10,000 towards the improvements, and they will not be required to pay one third of the cost.

You can qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme if you are a homeowner (rather than a landlord) and receive at least one of the following:

Sounds great… How do I apply?

Vouchers are available now and you can apply by checking your eligibility through the government website, choosing certified installers in your area and then applying online for the voucher.

Note that you will need the name and date of birth of the property owner or owners, as well as of anyone living in the property who is receiving benefits (if applying for the low-income scheme). You will also need a quote for the work from a TrustMark registered tradesperson, and the license number of the chosen tradesperson.

And then? You wait for the thumbs up!

This is a brilliant step in the right direction for the UK’s net zero pledge – we can’t wait to see the impact it has on the industry as more and more homeowners and landlords take up the opportunity.

Are you keen to apply for the new Green Homes Grant but aren’t sure what would be best for your home? Get in touch with a member of our team – we can help.

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