GREEN HOMES GRANT SCHEME -
f you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2022.
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Currently, many installers cannot meet the consumer demand for the scheme; a problem that is being exascerbated by the backlog of work many installers already have due to projects that were postponed due to the first COVID lockdown. What’s more, many installers who have completed work under scheme have reported delays in payment, or are still waiting. the MCS scheme is currently addressing this with the Department of BEIS.
An interim report on higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs) containing a radical wide-ranging set of measures has been released by the Competence Steering Group (CSG), a cross industry body backed by Government, the Industry Safety Steering Group and Dame Judith Hackett for consultation.
The UK Government currently have a draft policy paper for the proposed Building Safety Bill which aims to take forward reforms to the building and fire safety system. Details can be found at -
The BSI Flex initiative specifies requirements for competence frameworks for individuals working in the built environment. It is intended to support the development of an overarching framework for oversight of competence of individuals working on higher-risk buildings as defined within relevant legislation. Details -
We believe this approach should be applied to all buildings to ensure consistent technical and safety compliance for our clients hence our staff continually update their qualifications and Continual Professional Development in line with an ever changing industry.
SECURING THE FUTURE (Zero-Carbon)
The government recently published its response to the Future Homes Standard (FHS) consultation which sets out key goals for the future decarbonisation of domestic dwellings. the government has also outlined its 10-point plan for the a “green industrial revolution”, setting a goal to install 600,000 heat pumps per year from 2028. The FHS states that any new-build homes must be “highly energy-efficient” by embracing low carbon heating and that they must be “zero-carbon ready”, Key dates are 2025 and 2030. Details at; -
HYDROGEN SOLUTIONS (For decarbonisation)
Replacing natural gas boilers with hydrogen gas may be the simplest solution to the nation’s heating problems. The only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water, meaning that it is a carbon free fuel source and could be a key method to help decarbonise heating and hot water in UK homes. A hydrogen boiler, in theory, can fit into a current boiler’s physical space in the home without much disruption to the homeowner. With a similar build to existing boilers, installers will already have most skills necessary to fit these products too. Trials are already underway to prove the technology