Getting to grips with Green Homes Grants
The recently launched £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme offers tradespeople a significant opportunity to grow their business. However, the scheme has been carefully structured to ensure that the money available is spent wisely and well, to meet verifiable energy efficiency aims.
So, under what circumstances will a green home voucher be issued, and how does that impact on small and medium-sized businesses in the relevant sectors?
How does the Green Homes Grant scheme work?
From the end of September, vouchers began to be issued to landlords and anyone who owns a house in England, if they are eligible to receive help from the Green Homes Grant scheme.
The vouchers are worth up to two-thirds of the cost of making homes more energy-efficient, up to a maximum of £5,000. Low-income households can apply for 100% of funding for eligible projects, up to a maximum of £10,000.
What can these energy grants be used for? The vouchers can be cashed by homeowners and landlords to install at least one energy-efficient or low-carbon heating improvement to a property. The goal is to save as much as £600 a year on the home’s energy bills.
Once the main focus is met, some of the energy grants can be used for secondary green projects. For example, a homeowner who uses the voucher for cavity wall insulation could also receive a contribution for a subsidiary energy efficiency measure, such as a replacement door.
Simple Energy Advice (the Government endorsed advice service) provides a list of both primary and secondary measures that are eligible for support under the scheme.
How tradespeople can get involved
Getting your share of the business arising from the Green Homes voucher scheme – as always – relies on making the right connections. Something that the Retrobook App was designed to help with!
However, keep in mind that to be eligible to support homeowners using this cash, you must be registered for TrustMark, which means you need to meet crucial industry standards.
To install energy efficiency measures, you must show that you can do this work to meet Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards 2030: 2017 or 2030: 2019. How you prove this, is by certification from a UKAS accredited organisation.
If you are looking for projects to install heat pumps and other low carbon heat measures, you will need to show that you are covered by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
What happens after registration?
Once your application for TrustMark registration is approved, you will be added to a Simple Energy Advice directory of certified installers. This directory appears on their website.
However, you can greatly improve your chances of making the right supply chain connections if you subscribe to the Retrobook app. Though to be clear, this still clearly requires you to be fully TrustMark accredited and to have the relevant skills for energy projects covered by the scheme.
Homeowners looking for tradespeople who can help them to use Green Homes Vouchers will post a project on Retrobook. This is then communicated to subscribers – like you – who match the criteria.
By not being connected on the App, you are missing out on your share of the £2 billion worth of grants being dispensed in England!