GDHIF Phase 3 Announced

hays_1226562DECC announced on 26 March that the £70 million of funding available under GDHIF Phase 3 for SWI and two measures had been allocated.

However an additional £5 million is still available for two measures, the GDAR refund and Homebuyer’s Bonus from the unallocated GDHIF Phase 2 fund.

The GDHIF Claims Portal  is now accepting Phase 3 vouchers for payment.

To redeem a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address before uploading their completed voucher, an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) and the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable).

The latest monthly statistics from DECC show that 15,500 GDHIF vouchers worth £79 million had been paid by the end of February, which represents just over 50% of the funding available under the first two phases of the scheme. 2,310 SWI installations were completed in February, bringing the total number so far under GDHIF to 13,118.

78,012 SWI measures had been installed under ECO by the end of January, which is just 5.8% of all ECO measures. Green Deal Plans were up 13% in February but the number of GD Installers continued to decrease, down 2.3% on January 2015 and at the lowest level since November 2013

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


Government installs over one million energy efficiency measures


Over a million measures have been installed through the government’s various energy efficiency schemes since the beginning of 2013, according to the latest figure
s released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Between January 2013 and the end of October 2014, 1,023,000 measures have been installed through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Cashback, the Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). Despite changes to the scheme meaning that it will have its targets significantly reduced, ECO has been responsible for 97% of these measures.

When last recorded by the DECC, over 819,000 properties had installed measures through the energy efficiency initiatives. DECC has promised to complete measures in o
ne million homes by March 2015; a target which it says it is “on course to achieve”.

DECC’s findings also show that despite the relatively low number of Green Deal Plans in use (just over 8,000, with less than half complete and therefore ‘live’), over 420,000 Green Deal Assessments (GDAs) have taken place since the scheme’s launch. Well over one million improvements have been recommended as a result of these assessments, however the majority of households are choosing not to pursue the Green Deal further.

However, in Foundations in Place, the first Annual Report for the Green Deal and ECO, the parliamentary under secretary of state for DECC, Amber Rudd, said: “Surveys consistently report that around 80% of those who received an assessment have said they have installed at least one recommended measure, or have active plans to do so.”

The most common measure to be recommended following an assessment was to improve a property’s loft insulation, which accounted for 14% of all recommended measures and was recommended in 45% of all GDAs. However, when taken together, almost 55% of recommended improvements were for some form of insulation. It is thought this is the reason behind the separation of solid wall insulation into its own fund within the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

DECC also published updated figures for the first version of the GDHIF, which closed after just six weeks when it was reported that the entire £120m fund was allocated. However, by the end of November 2014, there were over 20,600 active applications under the first GDHIF, totalling around £111m. DECC has yet to announce the allocation of the fund’s remaining £9m.

Ms. Rudd added that both the Green Deal and ECO will continue to undergo changes throughout 2015, with a reduction in ECO’s targets already confirmed for April.


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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.

Find out more by watching the below video:

Relaxed Planning Requirements for Solid Wall Insulation

PrintThe National Insulation Association (NIA) has been working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to seek relaxations and improvements to the planning process for Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) ahead of Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

 The NIA announced this week that DCLG has now published revised guidance clarifying that the installation of SWI, also known as External Wall Insulation (EWI),  constitutes an ‘improvement ‘ to a  house rather than an ‘enlargement’ or ‘extension’.

The result of this is that in many cases the installation should be able to go ahead under permitted development and a planning application should not be required (outside of conservation areas etc.).  DCLG have written to lead planning officers in Local Authorities alerting them to this clarification.

Representatives from the NIA will meet with DECC officials on this matter later this month to assess the implications of the relaxation in planning and discuss what further improvements can be made.

DCLG-PlaaningDocThe revised guidance can be found on page 13 of the DCLG document ‘Permitted Development for Householders: Technical Guidance’ and can be accessed via the link below:

A link to the associated press release from Greg Barker, issued on the 10 January follows:

Details of Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems are available by clicking here.