Industry responds to new phase of Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. (Click here to read the announcement.)
An extra £100 million has been invested for household energy efficiency, as the Government wants to help people “enjoy warmer homes” and take control of their energy bills.
New applications for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will be open to households before the end of November, and more details including terms and conditions, rates and all measures to be covered will be announced.
David Cowburn webCommenting on the announcement, Managing Director of NAPIT Certification David Cowburn said: “NAPIT welcome the announcement of fresh funding for the voucher scheme. The GDHIF proved a very popular initiative in its first phase and we are optimistic about its potential to generate demand in the energy saving market. However, we urge DECC to learn lessons and to ensure better management of supply and demand this time around. Both installers and their customers require certainty if they are to invest in energy saving measures and this means Government need to ensure the provision of sustainable solutions to incentivise uptake and tackle climate change.”
The national Insulation Association also welcomed the news:
Neil MarshallNeil Marshall, Chief Executive at the National Insulation Association said: “Following the significant reduction in insulation activity under ECO after cuts were announced by Government in July and the closure of the initial GDHIF after just 6 weeks, we have been urging Government to inject additional funding into the GDHIF this winter to help hard pressed households reduce their energy bills and stay warm. We are therefore delighted that Government has listened and responded by announcing an additional £100m today.
“However, whilst this will provide much needed short term relief, we need to go beyond short term, stop start schemes and incentives and put in place a long term plan and funding mechanism if we are to insulate the UK housing stock in a timely manner. With over 7million homes having inadequate Loft Insulation, over 5 million that require Cavity Wall Insulation and almost 8 million homes that need Solid Wall Insulation we need to significantly strengthen energy efficiency policies and programmes.
“To this end the NIA is calling on all political parties to recognise that home energy efficiency needs to be defined as a National Infrastructure Priority with public investment to support the most vulnerable households and to create the confidence for the industry to scale up investment over the long term.”
Leading trade body, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC cautiously welcomes Ed Davey’s announcement that the government will offer an extra £100 million to home owners who want insulate their property or make any other environmentally friendly improvements.
HHIC - Roger WebbRoger Webb, Director of HHIC said “Industry got our fingers burned by the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and so whilst we are pleased that the Government is committing funding to energy efficiency we are extremely cautious about acting on this announcement.
No business likes a scheme that creates short term demand, and so we will be waiting for details on what this money will be spent on and importantly how it will be administered.
If the Government is serious about energy efficiency it must recognise that it is about more than double glazing and insulation – heating is vital. There are still over 12 million inefficient boilers within UK homes, and often replacing a boiler is a great catalyst for homeowners to install other efficiency measures.
We would also want the Government to consider heating controls, which play a major role in helping to manage the heat generated within a property.
They need to understand that the measures they include in any new scheme need to help home use less energy.”

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