Green Home Grants
Following the announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the government has officially released several measures to boost the UK economy towards green actions to tackle fuel poverty and climate change. The Summer Statement includes a new Green Home Grants scheme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes and generate jobs. The scheme targets private homeowners and social housing providers.
As a result, Q-Bot’s unique underfloor insulation was featured on BBC Breakfast news, as an innovative solution to insulate homes. Q-Bot uses powerful robots to spray insulation to the underside of floorboards with minimal disruption to households. More information about our unique installation process is available here. You can access the Government report to learn more about best practice for insulating suspended timber floors, including details of Q-Bot’s robotic underfloor insulation.
How the Green Home Grants scheme works?
Under the £2bn scheme, the government will offer homeowners and landlords vouchers for home energy improvements, including insulation and energy efficiency measures. Most homeowners will receive vouchers worth up to £5,000 while contributing to at least one third of the cost. For households on low income, they will be entitled to receive vouchers of up to £10,000 to fully fund retrofit measures.
The government has confirmed that the Green Homes Grant scheme will provide homeowners, and private and social landlords vouchers to install at least of the primary measures below to qualify for funding:
Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home;
Low carbon heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal.
“Top ups” are allowed (e.g. additional loft insulation up to the recommended level, solid wall insulation for other walls where a wall has been previously insulated), but replacements are not included.
In addition of the primary measure(s), households can use vouchers for further energy-saving measures – up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures. These include one or more of the following:
Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing), upgrading to energy efficient doors (where replacing doors installed prior to 2002);
Heating controls and insulation: appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves.
Who is eligible?
The Government has confirmed that the following properties will be eligible for government funding:
All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership);
Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties;
Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including local authority owned homes);
Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites).
New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.
For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes will be eligible. Households receiving income-based or disability benefits would be eligible for a fully funded package of measures. You qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme if you receive at least one of the following benefits: Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA), Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support (IS), Pension Guarantee Credit , Working Tax Credit (WTC), Child Tax Credits (CTC), Universal Credit (UC), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA), Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Housing benefit.
Only approved and accredited TrustMark or MCS tradespeople will be able to take part in the scheme, ensuring high standards, technical competence and consumer protection. Since February 2020, Q-Bot’s underfloor insulation is endorsed by TrustMark. Check out our TrustMark profile.
It’s a fantastic green recovery move from the government, focused on upgrading the energy efficiency of existing homes, reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. The opportunity to generate more green jobs in the economy whilst also reducing energy demand and carbon output are greatly welcomed. It was estimated by The Treasury that the scheme could create more than 100,000 jobs.
Q-Bot are committed to delivering positive social and environmental impacts through reducing energy usage and carbon emissions from homes; reducing fuel poverty and providing affordable warmth; upskilling the workforce, creating jobs and training opportunities.
Find out whether your home might be suitable for our robotic underfloor insulation through our eligibility checker.