Green Homes Grant to demand PAS 2035?

On Wednesday 8th July, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the 'Green Homes Grant' designed to help revitalise the economy and put us back on track to achieve our carbon emission targets. Since then the energy efficiency industry has been eagerly awaiting the specifics, with growing speculation that this grant could demand PAS 2035 and the involvement of retrofit professionals.

The £2bn home insulation scheme will be accepting web applications in 2 months time, where home owners in England can apply for a voucher for up to £5,000 (£10,000 for those on low income) to cover two-thirds of the costs of green upgrades.

The details of the scheme have yet to been announced but a report in the BBC over the weekend suggests that “a qualified Retrofit Coordinator will visit your home and assess how you can reduce your need for heating.”  This has yet to be confirmed by government, but this is a strong indication that BEIS will deliver on its previous commitment to mandate PAS 2035 for any new government supported improvement policies.

In its 2020 Manifesto for Growth, Elmhurst established a number of proposals for how the UK could reduce its carbon emissions. These included making the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) a requirement for all homes, funding activities of Retrofit Coordinators and Retrofit Assessors in generating ‘Whole Home Retrofit Plans’, as well as harnessing the talent of the UK's 10,000 Energy Assessors to revitalise the economy.

Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, welcomed the BBC's article: "I will be delighted if the government does use EPCs and PAS 2035 to ensure that homeowners get the improvement that is most appropriate for their home and their lifestyle. PAS 2035 is less than a year old and yet there are already hundreds of Retrofit Assessors and Coordinators already trained. The challenge will be to ensure that we deliver PAS 2035 properly and to avoid the mistakes of previous initiatives, but with the guidance of the Retrofit Academy and the EPC accreditations schemes, such as Elmhurst, the support and expertise is out there”

This announcement, combined with the removal of stamp duty on homes sold for less that £500,000 in England and NI, and changes to Scotland Land and Buildings Transaction Tax each will give a welcome boost to Elmhurst Members involved in the domestic sector, meaning that now is a great time to become an Energy Assessor and, for those who are already practicing, or training to become either a Retrofit Assessor or Retrofit Coordinator.

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Article published: 13/07/2020

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