NIA Calls on DECC to announce its intentions on ECO & GDHIF

PrintThe National Insulation Association (NIA) yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) called on ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make announcements about their intentions for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) when the scheme comes to an end in 2017, and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), before the Summer Recess on July 21, 2015.

As the NIA explains, recent figures published by DECC and OFGEM on ECO showed that the energy companies have already made significant progress towards their targets for ECO2 (April 2015 – end March 2017) , and that based on the installation rates for 2014/15, the target could be achieved one year early in the first quarter of 2016.

This, the Association told Roofzine, is reflected in the major slow down in recent ECO activity, where just 29,000 measures were installed in April 2015 – a two-year low – compared to 51,000 measures in March 2015 and 58,000 in April 2014.

The NIA points out that in addition to this, the GDHIF – which was designed to compensate for the shortfall in ECO activity following Government cuts to the scheme in 2014, is also on hold whilst the industry awaits decisions from ministers.

The NIA says the combined effect of these two factors has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity which it says is “harmful to householders and the industry alike”.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: “We would like DECC ministers to confirm that there will be an ECO post 2017, the broad shape of it and when they are likely to publish detailed proposals, and we would like them to give some indication of what they are intending for GDHIF and whether there will be any further releases of funding in the short term.”

This news follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report, which highlighted that all main insulation measures are behind the required trajectory to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets – which in the case of solid wall insulation, the NIA points out, is some 500,000 behind trajectory.

The NIA also explained that the CCC recommended to Government that urgent decisions were needed on the future of ECO post 2017 to provide some assurance to the supply chain.

Latest GDHIF Figures

hays_1226562The latest monthly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) show that almost 1,800 Solid Wall Insulations (SWI) installations were completed under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) in April, bringing the total number so far to just over 16,500.

By the end of April, over £96 million had been paid out of the combined pot of £220 million for the first three phases of the scheme.

The number of Green Deal (GD) assessments decreased by 40% in April which DECC attributed to the Easter break; however, the number of GD Plans increased by 11%. 22% of GD Plans were ‘new’ (quote accepted), 19% were ‘pending’ (Plan signed) and 59% were ‘live’ (all measures installed).

Just under 4,400 SWI measures were installed under ECO in March, more than double the number of installations in February, as energy companies tried to complete their carbon allocation before ECO 2.0.

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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

Phase 3 Opens for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Phase 3 is now open for applications with £70 million available for both solid wall insulation and/or two measures.

Phase three was launched today (Monday 16th March) at midday and the funding for Solid Wall Insulation will be up to a maximum of £3,750 and the rate for two measures will be £1,250.

There have been no major changes to the Terms and Conditions for Green Deal Providers and Installers but funds are limited and Department of Energy and Climate Change may vary the terms of the scheme, including the funding rates, or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

Customers will be able to redeem Phase 3 vouchers from Wednesday 1 April.

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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 Phase 2 Claims Portal Open

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Claims Portal is now accepting phase 2 vouchers for payment. To begin the process of redeeming a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address.  At that point, they will need to upload their completed voucher and an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) together with the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable). GDHIF is currently closed to SWI applications and an announcement on further releases of funding is expected in February.

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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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GDHIF Phase 2 – Latest Update

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) remains closed to SWI applications after the £24 million of funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated in less than two days at the end of last year.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February.

DECC is currently reporting separately on GDHIF phase 2 and the last weekly report on 7 January shows that 1,533 vouchers including SWI have been issued out of a total of 5,520 applications.

For more information on the Green Deal please contact Alumasc Facades on 01744 648 400 or visit our website

NIA sets out ambitious plans for 2015

national_insulation_association_logoAt the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference which took place on 4th December 2014, its Chief Executive briefed members on the plans the association had to stimulate the markets for external wall insulation and position its members as the preferred choice for householders and specifiers in 2015.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: “With solid wall insulation installations expected to be minimal under the Energy Company Obligation due to Government cuts earlier this year and the stop start nature of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) the NIA will be focusing greater attention on stimulating solid wall insulation activity in other market sectors including new build and commercial refurbishment. The theme of our conference was ‘Building a Sustainable Future for our Industry’ and that is exactly what we intend to do.

“As well as creating additional opportunities for members we will be clearly positioning and promoting NIA members as the preferred choice to carry out external and internal wall insulation work. We will of course be continuing to work very closely with Governments throughout the UK to help in shaping the various Government and energy company funded grants and schemes to maximum effect.”

NIA will be supporting its solid wall insulation members in 2015 with the following services:

– Prov
iding information and advice on opportunities in different market sectors, funding available and how to access these.

– Promoting the benefits of solid wall insulation and using NIA members to householders, funders and specifiers in the domestic, new build and commercial markets. NIA has around 100,000 hits on its website each year from people looking for companies to carry out work.

– Introducing a new quality and service charter for NIA members to clearly differentiate them from non-members and provide competitive advantage when quoting or tendering for work.

– Working in partnership with housing providers, builders, framework operators and other specifiers in encouraging them to request NIA membership to work on projects.

In conclusion Marshall added: “2014 has been a volatile and challenging year for solid wall insulation companies particularly with the changes to the Energy Company Obligation and the feast and famine nature of the GDHIF. As a trade association committed to delivering added value to its members, we are determined to support our membership in accessing sustainable business opportunities going forward.”


Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Phase 2 Closed to SWI

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was closed to SWI applications less than two days after reopening last week after all the funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated.

Figures released by DECC on 12 December revealed that 5,882 applications including SWI were received in just under 30 hours totaling £24 million, which was the amount ring-fenced for SWI.  Only 196 applications were received for two other measures and DECC confirmed in a press release that the scheme remains open for this type of application with almost £5.8 million still available.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February 2015 and INCA is liaising with DECC regarding the ‘recycling’ of funding from phase 1 vouchers which are not redeemed.