Basingstoke, 12th August, for immediate release
More than 1,000 business have registered with TrustMark to enable them to provide services under the Green Homes Grant scheme and today (Wednesday 12 August) Business Secretary Alok Sharma urged more tradespeople across England to step forward and sign up.
The £2 billion scheme will see the Government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home energy-saving improvements, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction. This will cover such work as installing wall insulation, double or triple glazing and low carbon heating.
To take part and offer their services through the scheme, all tradespeople must register with TrustMark. Where tradespeople are installing energy efficiency measures, they must be certified to installation standards. To install low carbon heat measures, the tradespeople must be TrustMark Registered and be certified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme for the relevant heating technology. By choosing a TrustMark Registered Business property owners will have the assurance that the work being carried out in and around their home will be of high technical standard and completed by a tradesperson committed to customer service.
The Business Secretary’s call came when he met Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, at Insta Group in Wokingham, where he saw how people there can use their expert skills to make homes more energy efficient.
The Business Secretary also spoke to organisations including Certass, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, Federation of Master Builders, and National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers who will be encouraging their members to sign up to the TrustMark and get certified to the relevant standards, so they can complete work paid in part through the Green Homes Grant.
Mr Sharma said: “The Green Homes Grant scheme will not only cut emissions and make a serious dent in people’s energy bills but will create new work for many thousands of talented builders, plumbers and other tradespeople right across the UK. Today I’m urging businesses to sign up and get TrustMark accredited so they can crack on and offer their services to households across the country when the scheme opens.”
Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, said: “We were delighted to meet Mr Sharma today and discuss the Green Homes Grant scheme, which will help people cut their energy bills and help the UK reach the target of being carbon neutral by 2050.
“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. We are working hard with our Scheme Providers to increase the numbers of TrustMark Registered Businesses, so we can meet the demand of the Green Homes Grant scheme. Businesses can join and select a scheme provider that can support their application.”
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