Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme

TrustMark & The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme

We are very pleased to confirm that home energy-saving improvements carried out under the new Government’s Green Homes Grant must be completed by a TrustMark Registered Business giving householders quality assurance. 

The Green Homes Grant scheme allows homeowners and residential landlords to apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to their home.

Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000 or £10,000 if the household is on low income.

To carry out work under the scheme, all tradespeople and businesses will need to be certified to install energy efficiency measures and register to take part in the scheme.

Customers must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have today updated gov.uk guidance for installers to provide more detail on the Green Homes Grant application process. 

BEIS are currently working through the first applications from consumers, ensuring that those who have applied are eligible for the scheme and that these requests are genuine. They are currently on track to start issuing the first vouchers in early November. As set out in the terms and conditions and original guidance, work can only begin under the scheme once a voucher has been issued to the customer. 

BEIS understand that installers are keen to begin work, but they must ensure that the voucher applications are legitimate, and that the scheme itself is protected from fraud.

BEIS have received some queries around the speed at which installers will receive payments through the scheme, and have also updated guidance in response to this. Grant payments will be made directly to installers by the scheme administrator. 

The vast majority of installers will receive the grant payment in as little as 5 working days of the work being completed and the installer confirming they have been paid any customer contribution. Customers must confirm completion of the work within 7 calendar days, as per the terms and conditions.

UKAS Certification Requirements for the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme

To ensure the requirements of the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme (GHGVS) can be implemented to work in conjunction with the current PAS 2030:2017 and PAS 2030:2019 transition, BEIS has made changes to the transitional policy from date of the scheme launch on 28 August 2020.

Eligibility to support the Green Homes Grant?

Only TrustMark Registered Businesses can register to be a Green Homes Grant installer.

If you install energy efficiency measures, you must be certified to install measures against Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards:

- PAS 2030:2017
- PAS 2030:2019
- PAS 2035:2019 (for park homes, high rise buildings and buildings that are both traditionally    constructed and protected)

You must be certified by a body that has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

If at any point you lose your certification or your TrustMark approval you must notify the scheme administrator.

How to apply?

1. Register as a TrustMark Registered Business

You will be added to a directory of certified installers, where homeowners can contact you to get a quote.

2. Register to be a Green Homes Grant installer

You will be asked to sign up to the Terms and Conditions of the scheme and provide your company’s details for payment. You will need to register for each of the scheme’s measures you are planning to carry out.

You must have received confirmation that your registration has been successful before you offer to carry out any work under the scheme.

Becoming TrustMark Registered:

If your business holds PAS 2030: 2017/2019 or MCS certification, you can apply for TrustMark registration. This can also be achieved through your Certification Body. Once registered with TrustMark your business will be eligible to support Green Homes Grant customers now and in the future.

Click to start your TrustMark application through one of our Scheme Providers.

 

 

Already Certified

Businesses already PAS 2030: 2017/2019 or MCS certified and are TrustMark registered, meet the required certification for the Green Homes Grant and can take advantage of this opportunity to offer their services to eligible customers.

Becoming Certified

New businesses wishing to become part of the Green Homes Grant must have PAS 2030: 2017/2019 or MCS certification. To find out how to become certified, contact your relevant Certification Body. 

Energy-Efficient Measures

The available measures are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures.

Primary measures

The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure.

- Solid wall insulation (internal or external); cavity wall insulation
- Under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
- Loft insulation; flat roof insulation; pitched roof insulation; room in roof insulation
- Insulating a park home

Low carbon heat

The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher:

- Air source heat pump; ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- Biomass boiler
- Hybrid heat pump


The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme is available until the end of March 2021. 

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures.

The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.

You will only be able to redeem vouchers for secondary measures once you have installed a primary measure and redeemed the vouchers for that measure.

Windows and doors

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

- Draught proofing
- Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed                before 2002)

Heating controls and insulation

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

- Hot water tank thermostat
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating controls (such as, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, - -intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)

What the voucher covers

Costs that are covered by the voucher include:

- Labour
- Materials
- VAT

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 Voucher 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 Voucher 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.” 

Green homes grant voucher scheme FAQs

 

Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme FAQs

The Green Homes Grant is a government-funded voucher scheme to help domestic customers install energy efficiency measures on their homes, helping them reduce their energy bills and their carbon emissions.

Under the new scheme, the Government will fund up to two thirds of the cost of home improvements for over 600,000 homes, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction. 

The Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme is a key part of our green economic recovery following COVID-19, which will also help us on the road towards reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

The Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme applies to England only – so won't cover homes in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

 
 
  • The Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme will deliver energy efficiency improvements to over 600,000 homes, supporting over 100,000 jobs if all vouchers are claimed. It could help save families up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

  • It will make people’s homes warmer and more environmentally friendly. It will deliver average savings of £257 for the main scheme, and as much as £640 a year for those living off the gas grid in the low-income and vulnerable households’ scheme.

Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.

If the property owner receives certain benefits they may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.

The available measures are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures.

Primary measures

The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure.

- Solid wall insulation (internal or external); cavity wall insulation
- Under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
- Loft insulation; flat roof insulation; pitched roof insulation; room in roof insulation
- Insulating a park home

Low carbon heat

The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher:

- Air source heat pump; ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- Biomass boiler
- Hybrid heat pump

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures.

The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.

You will only be able to redeem vouchers for secondary measures once you have installed a primary measure and redeemed the vouchers for that measure.

Windows and doors

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

- Draught proofing
- Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed                before 2002)

Heating controls and insulation

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

- Hot water tank thermostat
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating controls (such as, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, - -intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)

You may be eligible if you live in England and:

  • you own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
  • you own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
  • you’re a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations)

You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied.

  • The Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme will be time-limited, to help stimulate the economic recovery and support and create tens of thousands of green jobs immediately. 
  • Allocations for future years will be determined at the forthcoming Spending Review in the Autumn.
 

All tradespeople registered with TrustMark are bound by the criteria in the TrustMark Framework Operating Requirements and audited by their Scheme Provider to check for compliance.

Please visit https://www.trustmark.org.uk/aboutus/useful-links and download The Framework Operating Requirements (FOR) and Code of Conduct.  Annex A lists all application requirements.

Please visit our website on how to join - https://www.trustmark.org.uk/tradespeople/join-through-trustmark  and select a Scheme Provider that can support your application.

This scheme will urge consumers to engage with TrustMark Registered Businesses to have energy efficient works carried out in and around their homes, bringing increased jobs and revenue to businesses.

No – a voucher can only be issued for work to be completed under the scheme and not before. Voucher applications will be subject to the Scheme’s validation and audit process.

No – evidence is required that the work has been completed before the voucher can be redeemed. The evidence will be subject to the scheme’s validation and audit process.

No – the rules require all scheme-eligible work to be carried out by tradespeople that are TrustMark registered for that work.

If you install energy efficiency measures, you must be certified to install measures against Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards:

  • PAS 2030:2017
  • PAS 2030:2019
  • PAS 2035:2019 (for park homes, high rise buildings and buildings that are both traditionally constructed and protected)

You must be certified by a body that has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

If you install low carbon heat measures such as heat pumps, you must be certified with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Only TrustMark-registered businesses can register to be a Green Homes Grant installer.

If at any point you lose your certification or your TrustMark approval you must notify the scheme administrator.

The Green Homes Grant scheme allows homeowners and residential landlords to apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to their home.

Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000 or £10,000 if the household is on low income.

To carry out work under the scheme, all tradespeople and businesses will need to be certified to install energy efficiency measures and register to take part in the scheme.

The consumer must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021.
BMF

BMF and TrustMark to deliver quality supply chain for Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme 

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will work in partnership with TrustMark to ensure that homeowners can be confident of the quality of both the materials and the workmanship of projects completed under the new Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme.

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Page Last Updated: 17th September 2020