Home Contractor's Corner Tradespeople urged to sign up to TrustMark accreditation as part of Green Homes Grant scheme
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Tradespeople urged to sign up to TrustMark accreditation as part of Green Homes Grant scheme

by Jennie Ward

TrustMark to ensure quality standards in Government’s new £2bn energy efficiency voucher scheme.

Home energy saving improvements carried out under the new Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme ‘must be completed by a TrustMark Registered Business’ to give householders quality assurance, according to TrustMark. 

Later this month, under the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home – the maximum contribution will be £5,000, or for those on lower incomes a 100% grant up to £10,000 will be available for certain work. The vouchers, which will be issued from the end of September, will help pay for energy efficiency improvements, that will help cut energy bills and potentially save families hundreds of pounds year.

A statement from the Department for Business, Energy & Industry (BEIS), said consumers will be able to use a TrustMark Registered Business from their local area to carry out energy efficient measures in and around their homes. They will be able to use the vouchers to install one or more of the following:

  •      solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
  •      air source or ground source heat pump
  •      solar thermal

In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:

  •      double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
  •      upgrading to energy efficient doors
  •      hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls

The grant scheme is available until the end of March 2021. TrustMark, the only Government Endorsed Quality Scheme, was established in 2005 in conjunction with industry bodies and consumer protection groups.  The primary aim of TrustMark is to drive up standards across all sectors of home improvement and ensure high levels of consumer protection are maintained. 

Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, welcomed the opportunity to work with the industry sectors to support the delivery of quality work and ensure that consumers receive the high standard of work they should expect. The home improvements carried out under the scheme will have greater levels of technical standards and commented that the Green Homes Grant scheme is the “kickstart” the construction and energy sector need to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic and help the UK reach the target of being carbon neutral by 2050.  

He said: “As we undertake this journey, the construction and energy industries will play a vital role in the delivery of low carbon homes, providing healthier and more comfortable living conditions. 

“The Green Homes Grant scheme is an important step in creating new jobs, protecting the existing and delivering low carbon housing.  As an industry, we need to collaborate to support the initiative, ensure businesses are supported and consumers can rely on the tradespeople that carry out work in and around their homes making them fit for the future. The vouchers will help prime the market and allow eligible property owners to make energy efficiency improvements and save on their energy bills.”

The Green Homes Grant scheme, which Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched in his summer statement, will see £2bn invested in improving the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes.Mr Ayers said that improving properties insulation was vital component in the Whole House Retrofit approach. 

He said: “It is important that a property is looked at holistically. We must start the delivery of a ‘whole house approach’ and looking at the ‘fabric first’ so that you address the overall efficiency of the building before looking at the heating services. Through a whole house approach, a property owner can determine what measures are needed for optimising home energy efficiency and ensuring the best value for money.

“In short, through the voucher scheme, eligible property owners will be able to use the vouchers to help pay for energy efficiency improvements, that will not only cut energy bills but will also create and support thousands of jobs whilst addressing the climate emergency the world is facing.”

www.trustmark.org.uk

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