Green Homes Grant Scheme now cancelled

Roof under construction at Lower Royd radical retrofitThe Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme has recently been cancelled.  The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a statement on Saturday 28 March confirming that the green homes grant scheme would be scrapped, finishing on Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 5pm. BEIS has stated that: “Applications made before the end of March deadline will be honoured and any vouchers already issued may be extended upon request.”

Advice for Enhabit customers who are mid-process

Our sister company Enhabit was a registered supplier with the Green Homes Grant scheme.

1) If you have already applied for a Voucher but not heard back

You can contact the scheme administrator for an update. Please note that some Enhabit clients have waited 2-3 months to hear back. Assuming that you are eligible, you should get your Voucher.

2) If you have a Voucher already

If you have a Voucher and haven’t yet told Enhabit or paid your deposit, please get in touch with Enhabit. Once Enhabit has the deposit, they can start work and will aim to install within 2-3 months. If your voucher is due to expire, you can request an extension.

Renewable Heat Incentive

Air Source Heat Pump ASHPOne piece of good news is that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for solar thermal and heat pumps is still operating and is currently in place until 31 March 2022. The RHI scheme gives the same total financial benefit as under the Green Homes Grant scheme for heat pumps, but spread over 7 years. The payback for solar thermal is lower and not quite the same as the Green Home Grant scheme.
 
If you choose an ASHP or solar thermal system through our sister company Enhabit they will guide you carefully through the RHI application process.

These will only be available in the following areas: London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex.  

Retrofit advice

While we welcomed increased interest in energy efficiency and energy efficient products and vital investment by the Government in this area, it is essential that these measures are planned carefully. For energy efficient measures to be effective and also to avoid unintended consequences such as mould growth, poor indoor air quality and damage to the building fabric, it is essential that they are planned and implemented as part of a ‘whole house strategy‘. 

If you are looking for advice to develop a ‘whole house plan’ for your home Enhabit + Green Building Store can offer the following services:

  • If you are exploring how to approach a retrofit on your home, an energy survey by our colleagues at Enhabit will help guide you. This costs £750 +VAT + travel time/expense from London. www.enhabit.uk.com/consult/energy-survey/
  • If you already have plans for your refurbishment (i.e. from an architect or contractor) and want to understand the impact of different levels of insulation and energy efficient technology, Enhabit also provide a Fabric Options Assessment service, which involves modelling the retrofit project using Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) which starts at £1,300 +VAT www.enhabit.uk.com/consult/fabric-options-assessment/.
2nd April 2020

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