Green Homes Grant scheme opens for business

1 October 2020

The Government has released new guidance for businesses considering new work opportunities following the launch of the Green Homes Grant scheme this week.

The Government says the £3 billion scheme will improve the energy efficiency of over 600,000 homes and publicly owned buildings, such as schools and hospitals, and support up to 100,000 new job opportunities in green construction.

The scheme is the biggest energy efficiency programme in recent times and will be used to fund building improvements, ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the replacement of single glazing with double or triple glazing.

Low-carbon heating such as air and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems are included — measures which the Government says could help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Builders, plumbers and other tradespeople in the construction industry are set to benefit from the new job opportunities but only those suitably qualified can undertake the work.

The guidance explains what qualifications are needed and how to carry out work under the scheme if you are a tradesperson or business.

Eligibility

If you install energy efficiency measures, you must be certified to install measures against Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards.

  • PAS 2030:2017

  • PAS 2030:2019

  • PAS 2035:2019 (for park homes, high rise buildings and buildings that are both traditionally constructed and protected).

Tradespeople must be certified by a body that has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Those businesses installing low-carbon heat measures, such as heat pumps, must be certified with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Only TrustMark-registered businesses can register to be a Green Homes Grant installer.

How to apply

Register as a certified installer with TrustMark — installers will be added to a directory of certified installers, where homeowners can contact you to get a quote.

Register to be a Green Homes Grant installer — installers will be asked to sign up to the Terms and Conditions of the scheme and provide their company’s details for payment.