Green Homes Grant- Let's do it right!

It has been widely reported in the press that The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is to announce a £3bn “Green Investment” package; £2bn will fund a grant scheme focused on homes, £1bn on the public sector.

Key highlights

  • The £2bn “Green Homes Grant” scheme will be based on vouchers supported by “recommended measures” and quotes from approved installers. £1bn will be spent in the first year of which £500m will be focussed on the “poorest households”
  • A further £1bn will be used to improve the insulation and energy efficiency of public buildings, and to invest in green heating technology.

Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, welcomes these reports: “It would appear that the government is attempting to make good on its manifesto pledge to invest billions in improving the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals. We welcome these reports from the media, and look forward to hearing the detail during the chancellor’s summer statement on Wednesday.

However, before we get carried away, we should err on the side of caution, as we need to make sure that the money is spent in the right places and that the mistakes of the past are not forgotten. The Government funded the Each Home Counts Review, as well as PAS 2035, both of which focus on ensuring that any improvement work is right for the home. In order for a ‘Green Homes Grant’ to be a success, the government should lean on the PAS 2035 process which requires homes to be assessed, with effective improvement plans put in place, and improvement work delivered by competent and accountable installers

The news reports claim that this cash injection is both about kick starting the economy and protecting the environment, therefore any improvements made to homes and buildings need to be measured to ensure that the investment was worth it. Elmhurst believes that the best way of doing this is with an EPC at the start, to measure the baseline and to identify the opportunities for improvement, and an EPC at the end to demonstrate the cost and carbon savings that have been made. As every management school will tell you ‘if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it’.”

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For more about PAS 2035 Whole House retrofit click here 

Article published: 07/07/2020

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