We are expecting the new GDHIF grant to go live next week and although there has been no official announcement yet, we just want everyone to be prepared for when it does. We are expecting the announcement at ECOBuild so please keep you ear to the ground to ensure you know the day it is going live.
Obviously you can also visit us here at TheGreenAge every day to check – we will release details of the scheme as soon as we have confirmation.
As a reminder, the GDHIF grant is a non-means tested grant that can be used to increase the energy efficiency of homes here in London and across the rest of England and Wales. The scheme has proved to be extremely popular so far in the two short periods it has been live.
Phase 1 of GDHIF lasted 6 weeks when it was launched in the summer of 2014 and then Phase 2 of GDHIF lasted under 2 days when it when live in December!
We want to use this as a simple heads up that you need to be ready the day the scheme goes live otherwise the chances are you will miss out on you voucher (which is then redeemed as a grant)!
So what exactly do you need to apply for the voucher? Well, when phase 2 of GDHIF was released, they made it a requirement that you uploaded a quote for the works as well as the Green Deal / EPC, which caught many people out!
Applying for the Solid Wall Insulation GDHIF Voucher
In order to get your hands on a GDHIF voucher for solid wall insulation, you will need the following.
- A Green Deal report or an EPC dated within the last two years – these will need to have on them, solid wall insulation as a recommendation
- A quote for the proposed works from a company that is part of the GDHIF scheme.
You can find out if the company that you have used to quote for the works is part of the scheme by clicking here and entering the company name.
http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/green-deal-participant-register – This is the Government website that has all participating companies.
In the screen shot above, you will be able to see the ‘Companies registered with Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in England and Wales’ box is ticked.
Run the search on the company with this box ticked – if they don’t appear, they are not part of the GDHIF scheme and you will miss out on the voucher!
Applying for the 2 measures
The other side of the GDHIF offer relates to other energy saving measures – it is completely independent from the solid wall offer.
The Government are keen for people to install multiple energy saving improvements (i.e. they don’t simply want to provide a grant to help people cover the cost of their new boiler).
The offer involves taking 2 measures from a list, but the process for getting the voucher is still broadly the same.
Applying for the GDHIF Voucher for other energy saving measures
In order to get your hands on a £1000 GDHIF voucher for the 2 measures, you will need the following.
- A Green Deal report or an EPC dated within the last two years – these will need to have on them, the recommended improvements you are looking to install. So if you are looking for a measure like insulating doors, which don’t show up on an EPC, you will need to have a Green Deal Report recommending them instead.
- A quote for the proposed works from a company that is part of the GDHIF scheme and therefore will allow you to get the voucher. If you are using two companies to do the works, you will need to upload both quotes in order to get the voucher.
Our advice – be prepared!
As we have mentioned, we are expecting phase 3 of GDHIF to get announced next week. There is a chance they will put in new requirements as part of the scheme, but we are hopeful they won’t!
If you require a Green Deal Report please click here
If you require an EPC, please click here
If you are looking for a quote for solid wall insulation please click here.
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