How to adapt your construction business to capitalise on Green Homes Grant work

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With the launch of the Green Homes Grant this month, we’re set to see an influx of home improvement and retrofit projects heading our way – but they’re only available to contractors who are TrustMark or MCS registered, and following PAS 2030.

We need contractors across Oxfordshire to help us deliver retrofit projects.

With growing knowledge of the importance of buildings, including residential homes, in the context of the climate crisis, there is growing demand amongst homeowners to deliver home retrofit projects. The UK government has picked up on this, launching their Green Homes Grant in the UK earlier this year.

“If we are to meet the 2050 targets of the Climate Change Act, then all housing in the UK must have zero carbon emissions from space and water heating, and space cooling.” – Rick Hartwig, Built Environment Lead at the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET)

Applications for the Green Homes Grant open at the end of September 2020, offering homeowners and landlords vouchers which cover two-thirds of the cost of undertaking energy efficiency retrofit improvements, up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for low income households). This covers improvements such as insulation (solid wall, cavity wall, floor, roof), installing heat pumps, installing solar thermal heating, draught-proofing, replacing single glazing, hot water tank insulation, upgrading doors, installing heating controls and more.

There’s a huge opportunity for building and construction professionals to pick up this pipeline of home improvements work.

However, the Government has specified that all tradespeople and building contractors who deliver retrofit work through the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme must be TrustMark or MCS certified in order to guarantee the quality of the delivery, as well as following PAS2030 guidelines. So, you’ll only be able to work on these projects if you’re set up in this way.

Not sure if you’re TrustMark accredited or following PAS2030? Don’t worry, Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is here to help. Our delivery partner, RetrofitWorks, is an approved scheme provider for TrustMark, and they know everything there is to know about both PAS2030 and PAS2035 requirements. So, we can help you get started with delivering home retrofit and energy performance work.

Get in touch for support and advice to ensure you can work on Green Homes Grant projects – contact us on membership@retrofitworks.co.uk or 0300 303 1269.

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire is a non-profit home retrofit service operating in Oxfordshire. We are a partnership project between the Low Carbon Hub, National Energy Foundation, and RetrofitWorks – with grant funding from the UK Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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