Build upon the Green Homes Grant now
This week we welcomed the further detail of the Green Homes Grant, which is set to make £2 billion available for improving the energy efficiency of homes in England. The grant will be made available from September onwards.
The Chancellor made it very clear that this injection of money would create jobs and also introduce green improvements to homes, with the installation of these green measures undertaken to the very best quality standards and guarantees.
Elmhurst welcomes any funding in the energy efficiency sector but we really want to see a medium and long term commitment to the ‘whole home retrofit’ process. This was indentified in the industry wide Each Home Counts review (published way back in Dec 2016) as the only way forward to ensure that the country does not continue to make the same mistakes with energy efficiency improvement schemes.
The new Green Homes Grant marks a good first step with installers having to operate under either TrustMark or MCS quality assurance regimes. We as an industry must build upon this for next year, and the years thereafter, in order to meet any of our national energy efficiency targets.
The £2bn boost will build infrastructure and will get people ready to do the installation work. But we must ensure that the work continues after the 31st March next year. We need to establish policies so that quality installers get more work, and more importantly the right measures are installed in the right homes.
So in short this is a shot in the arm for jobs, but what we need is the momentum to continue beyond 31st March 2021, so it is not boom and bust. By this time ECO will be fully up and running with PAS 2035. The transition of all future policy and funding must go into the assessment, planning, designing, advice phases, in order to give good quality installers a great pipeline of work. We must get to work now ensuring that any momentum is not lost.
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