Green Homes Grant and EPCs
From one of our most recent news items you will know that Elmhurst was disappointed that the new Green Homes Grant voucher scheme did not use the EPC as the start point for improvement. Elmhurst, with support from PEPA, have also expressed concerns about the Simple Energy Action website that is designed to give consumers independent advice about their home.
The service certainly looks good, and being fronted by Government will certainly provide readers with confidence, but we have fed back to Government on perceived anomalies which occur when overlaying EPC Open data (which we know is not complete) with user defined inputs resulting in recommendations that are not always meaningful. BEIS have responded well to our comments and we feel confident that refinements will be made.
The good news is that BEIS has now provided more clarity on what can, and what cannot be funded, though the grant, and EPCS are included! The document makes clear that the costs of “modelling to estimate payback”, such as that given on an EPC, can be claimed.
The following information has been taken from the government's document: 'Green Homes Grant - additional information on what the voucher does and does not cover'.
Common items covered by the voucher
To reiterate, an EPC is not a requirement to access funding but where the EPC leads to retrofit improvement the cost can be added to the project costs and reimbursed, at normal rates (66% or 100%). An EPC that doesn’t lead to a retrofit improvement cannot be reimbursed.
Elmhurst will continue to ensure that all government polices relating to energy efficiency continue to use EPCs at both the start and end of the process so to set expectations on what will be achieved and, at the end, ensure that the improvement, at both a building and national level, is recognised.