Government reaches one million home target for energy efficiency schemes

Energy efficiency measures have been installed in one million homes as a result of Green Deal Fund External Wall InsulationGovernment schemes, according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

By the end of November 2014, the combination of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal schemes had delivered measures to 1,021,000 homes – four months ahead of the March 2015 target DECC had set itself.

The large majority of installed measures (97%) were delivered through ECO.

Ed Davey, secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change, said:

“Helping to make one million homes in Britain warmer through energy efficiency is great news – and to hit our target early is even better.

One million extra homes already have permanently lower energy bills – whether that’s thanks to better insulation or more effective boilers. The challenge now is to continue this drive – and our next installment of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is coming soon.”

Energy and Climate Change minister Amber Rudd

“More than one million homes across the country – including over 28,000 homes in rural areas – are enjoying a warmer, cheaper and greener winter thanks to our policies.

I want to see energy companies continue to deliver their obligations so more people can reap the benefits and stay warm this winter and every winter.”

However, following the Government’s announcement in December 2013 of proposed cuts to ECO, and an extension to its current targets, the number of measures installed under the scheme have showed month-on-month decline. November 2014 was no exception, with measures down 10% from the previous month.

The implementation of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was intended to offset the changes made to ECO, but is only available for short periods when funds are released. The most recent phase of GDHIF saw £24m in funding for solid wall insulation – the sector considered most at risk from ECO cuts – swallowed in just over a day, with more funds to be made available in February 2014.

Up to a further £6 million is still up for grabs – homeowners can apply for up to £1,600 if they install two measures from a list of home improvements under the Fund.

If you require further information regarding the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund or ECO please contact Alumasc Facades on 03335771700 or visit our website


GDHIF second release: funding fully allocated for solid wall insulation

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Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) creating a pipeline of work for the industry to carry out over the coming months.

Applications for solid wall insulation have now closed, however, subject to terms and conditions, domestic energy customers can still apply for up to £6 million to make energy efficient home improvements through GDHIF, including:
– up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
– up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment if that recommends the measures applied for;
– up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

Details of further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. Funding is part of the additional £100 million for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450 million already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 17.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd said:

“The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been incredibly popular – it’s helping thousands of people have warmer homes and more control of their energy bills. Although the fund for solid wall insulation is fully allocated, there’s still money available now for a range of other measures and another release of funding is expected in February.

“More than three quarters of a million homes have already had energy saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal.”

Remaining funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

If you require any further advice on energy efficiency or any more information regarding the Green Deal please contact Alumasc Facades on +44 (0)1744 648 400. Alternatively click here to visit our website.


Westdale Services Ltd Welcome Amber Rudd to Telford

Westdale Services has recently met with Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various aspects of External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Green Deal initiatives. This is particularly relevant following the recent announcement by the UK Government that an additional £100 million has been added to the household energy efficiency fund. Applications for a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), designed to help people make energy saving improvements to their home, will open to households before the end of November.

Ms Rudd, along with representatives from Westdale, visited current works being undertaken for the Green Deal Communities Award Scheme in Telford. The External Wall Insulation System being used on this project is Alumasc’s Swisslab system, a BBA approved, fully warranted insulated render system.

Westdale Services have successfully installed Alumasc External Wall Insulation systems on projects across the UK for many years. Both companies continue to promote External Wall Insulation as a high performance, energy saving solution which has the added benefit of transforming the exterior appearance of the properties it is applied to.

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