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BEIS publishes further detail on Green Homes Grant Scheme

For Consumers

Last week the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published more information for both consumers and installers about their Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Consumers can find out how they can apply for vouchers from September, which can be put towards the installation of energy-efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to their homes.

The Simple Energy Advice website explains that this could save up to £600 a year on energy bills and the vouchers will cover up to two thirds of the total cost of eligible home improvements.

A full list of eligible improvements, including primary and secondary measures can also be found on the website, along with details of how to apply, eligibility and how the Green Homes Grant Scheme will work alongside other schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

For Installers

Also published Friday is guidance for installers seeking to carry out these improvement works.

The Government explains that to carry out works under the scheme, installers must be certified to install energy-efficient or low-carbon heating measures to the relevant standards (PAS 2030:2017 or PAS 2030:2019) as well as registering their certification with TrustMark.

The article also explains that to gain access to PAS certification, it is necessary to be certified by a UKAS accredited Certification Body, a list of whom can be found here.

Earlier last week UKAS reported on BEIS’ planned easement, with the issuance of a PAS 2030:2017 – PAS 2030:2019 Certification Temporary Flexibility Arrangement, to ensure scalability without compromising the rigour of existing accredited certification arrangements.  UKAS was able to share further details of the nature of this easement earlier today.

Friday’s article from the Government also provides further detail and clarity on the registration process, as well as how vouchers will be issued and redeemed.

Accreditation underpinning quality

UKAS CEO, Matt Gantley comments on the Green Homes Grant Scheme:

“UKAS is happy to support BEIS in this endeavour, which has the opportunity to improve the comfort and economy of UK homes, boost employment, reduce carbon emissions and help the national economy regain stability. It is important that quality is managed through certified installers using appropriate methods and products to make a meaningful improvement to the overall energy-efficiency of a home. This certification process is underpinned by UKAS accreditation for quality assurance, technical competence and integrity.”