Green Home GRANT Scheme

Updated 01st October 2020: 

We are really pleased that The GREEN HOMES GRANT SCHEME has now been launched (as of 30thSeptember). Finesse Windows have been awarded TRUSTMARK accreditation and are ready and able to offer work covered by the Green Home Grant Scheme to all customers who are eligible. We have been keen to understand how we can help our customers engage in the scheme and support the heart of the project which is to reduce energy bills and help cut carbon emissions. The scheme applies to many areas of home improvements not just our industry and therefore, we are pleased to be part of a ‘Green’ team.

There has been a lot of speculation about the Governments new £2bn Green Home Grant Scheme since it was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on the 8th July; since then we have had many customers contact us with lots of questions. We have produced this guide to help you understand the scheme and whether your home is eligible. Full details on how to apply for the grant are provided on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service provided by the Government and can be found on their website.

Really importantly only reputable and regulated tradespeople can be used to carry out the work, therefore our customers can be assured that the work carried out will be of a high standard.  All suppliers for the Green Home Grant Scheme must have the government approved TrustMark.

Can I use the Scheme to update my WINDOWS & DOORS

Firstly, replacing windows and doors has been deemed a ‘secondary’ measure as opposed to a ‘primary’ measure, and to qualify for a grant for windows or doors you will have first needed to have accessed a grant for a ‘primary’ measure.

Primary measures

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

Insulation

The following insulation measures are covered by the voucher, 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

We can help with the following measures:

  • double or triple glazing (when replacing single glazing if you have a mixture of double and single glazing you can only use the voucher to replace the single glazing)
  • secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)

With our current installation schedule already now being booked ready for pre Christmas installs, we recommend home owners continue to investigate replacement Windows projects with Finesse Windows. Our Design Team will keep you informed of any further changes to the criteria for the Green Home Grant Scheme.

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Frequently Asked Questions from our customers

As we understand it the amount you can use to improve your home is capped. It is capped at the value you obtained for your ‘primary’. measure. For example, if you get a grant for Cavity Wall Insulation for £750.00 you may then be able to get a grant for windows up to the same value of £750.00.

Under the new scheme the UK Government will provide homeowners and social/private landlords with vouchers up to a maximum of £10,000.00 for those on low incomes covering 100% of the costs. Other homeowners can claim vouchers for up to £5,000.00 where the new scheme will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements to help families save on their energy bills.

As we have highlighted above, the ‘secondary’ grant for windows only applies if you are upgrading from single glazed windows to double glazed or triple glazed windows. We are very proud to work closely with local conservation areas and this may be an opportunity for many of our customers to engage in the scheme if they have single glazed units, we are on hand to help provide sympathetic solutions for period properties.  Just to note if your property has single and double glazed windows you can only use the grant to replace the single glazed windows.

Once you have accessed the ‘primary’ grant, the ‘secondary’ grant is only available for doors which have been fitted before 2002 and are single glazed or solid doors (we believe this also to mean timber doors) and can be replaced by installing ‘energy efficient doors’. Here at Finesse we have always manufactured and supplied the very best doors in our industry therefore we look forward to being able to explain how are doors are energy efficient.

As we understand it the answer depends on the type of door it would be replacing, if your existing door is single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002 then yes you can access the scheme. We are hoping for more clarification on exactly what constitutes a ‘solid’ door.  However, you cannot use the scheme to upgrade an outdated double glazed door nor can you use the scheme to up grade an existing double glazed door for a Bi-Folding door for example.

If your project meets the criteria as above, then it will be subject to some form of means testing to ascertain what level of support you might be entitled to. The Government website will take you through the process to clarify what funding you are entitled to.

To redeem your voucher you’ll need to confirm that:

  • the installation was completed satisfactorily before the voucher expiry date
  • you have received the necessary documents from the installer
  • you have paid your share of the costs to the installer (if applicable)
  • you meet the relevant eligibility requirements

You will need to provide a dated copy of the invoice issued by the installer.  When you redeem your voucher the grant will be paid on your behalf directly to the installer.

Are you interested in having of the Primary Measures being installed in your home under the Green Home Grant scheme?

If you answer ‘YES’ then…

    1. Are you looking to replace single glazed windows with double glazing?
    2. Are you looking to upgrade your doors to energy efficient doors (and have an existing door/s fitted prior to 2002 which are single glazed or solid)?

If you answer ‘YES‘ to both then you may be able to apply for assistance through the Green Homes Grant Scheme. If the answer is ‘NO’ then you cannot access the scheme, but we would be more than happy to talk to you about how we can help with your home improvement plans.

If you like more information or have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact one of our Design Team on 0121 433 3027; they will be pleased to try to help.

Vouchers will be valid for 3 months from the date they are issued or until 31 March 2021 (whichever is earlier). Vouchers must be redeemed before the validity period ends. You can request a voucher extension at any time before your voucher has expired, unless the scheme has been closed.

Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme have opened as of 30th September 2020 and will run until the end of March 2021, we will aim to keep you informed of any changes to the information available as and when we have it. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get your energy efficiency improvement underway and contact us now.

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39 Melchett Rd
Kings Norton Business Centre
Birmingham
B30 3HP

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