NICEIC AND ELECSA ISSUE UPDATED GUIDANCE TO REGISTERED CONRACTORS ON GOVERNMENT GREEN HOME GRANT SCHEME

10/08/2020

NICEIC AND ELECSA issue fresh guidance to its 36,000 registered contractors following government announcement on Green Home Grant Scheme.

NICEIC and ELECSA have issued updated guidance to registered contractors following confirmation from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that all home energy-saving improvements carried out under the Government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme, must be completed by a TrustMark Registered contractor.
 
In a move designed to uphold standards and provide householders with quality assurance, the scheme also requires contractors to be certified on technology-specific schemes such as MCS for renewable technologies and PAS2030 for insulation. 
 
When discussing the incentive, Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said:
  
“Green home improvements will save people money on their energy bills, help to cut carbon emissions, and create new work for many thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople.
 
 “Our TrustMark scheme will guarantee that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, ensuring consumers are fully protected.”
 
NICEIC’s and ELECSA’s Technical Services Manager, Paul Collins commented:
 
“This is an excellent opportunity for our registered contractors, some of whom are already certified to install renewable and low carbon technologies such as air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal systems. 
 
“Our MCS scheme is well established, and we are seeing more and more applicants wishing to start working in this area every day. The Green Grant Home Scheme is a great incentive for continued growth in this area, and we would encourage all contractors to consider the benefits of broadening their business to include these services. 
 
“The NICEIC is committed to delivering technical excellence, and we will continue to work with the Government and all parties to maximise the potential of this incentive ensuring standards are upheld, and customer satisfaction is assured.”
  
Coming into effect on September 1 2020, the Green Home Grant Scheme will see households in England gaining access to grants to support a range of green home improvements including the provision of insulation and low carbon heating.
  
Under the scheme, homeowners will be able to apply for up to £5,000 towards these improvements with the grant covering up to 65% of the total cost. For low-income households, the allocation increases to £10,000, which can cover 100% of the costs.  
 
More details are expected in the coming weeks, but to date, it has been confirmed the following improvements will be covered:
  
Primary Improvements: 
Vouchers can be used to undertake one or more of the following enhancements: 
  • Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation  
  • Installation of air source or ground source heat pump  
  • Installation of solar thermal systems 
 Once a primary improvement application has been approved, the consumer can also apply to use their voucher allocation to undertake additional energy-saving measures, these include: 
  
Secondary improvements: 
  • Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing  
  • Upgrading to energy-efficient doors  
  • Heating controls  

NICEIC and ELECSA contractors who are not registered with TrustMark should contact NICEIC / ELECSA Customer Services on 0333 015 6625 should they wish to apply to join.  
 
Criteria on the MCS scheme is also available through the NICEIC and ELECSA websites and can be accessed here.  
 
For contractors wishing to broaden their skillset, NICEIC and ELECSA can offer access to the schemes included in the Green Home Grant and can support with relevant Competent Person Scheme approvals and training.

Training options available: 
 
 
Finally for a concise easy to digest overview of the Green Homes Grant Scheme tune into the NICEIC Low-Carbon-Fix podcast or search for NICEIC Low Carbon Fix via your favourite podcast channel.  
 

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