The Grand Designs portfolio, including Grand Designs Live, is joining forces with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to champion the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme.
Homeowners and landlords across England will be to apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their homes, as part of the scheme.
These grants will provide more than 600,000 homeowners in England with up to £10,000 to install insulation, heat pumps, draught-proofing and more in order to cut energy usage and bills. To qualify for a grant, all the measures under the Green Homes Grant must be completed by TrustMark registered and MCS-certified tradespeople before March 2021.
This has produced a need for additional TrustMark-registered tradespeople, which means that the Green Homes Grant scheme is expected to support more than 80,000 jobs in green construction.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Our Green Homes Grant scheme will enable people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, cut their household bills and tackle climate change while supporting tens of thousands of jobs for skilled builders, plumbers and tradespeople across the country. This is exactly the kind of scheme that I hope Grand Designs readers will want to make the most of.”
Karen Stylianides, editor of Grand Designs magazine, commented: “I’m delighted that the Grand Designs portfolio is working with BEIS to send out a clear message to renovators and home improvers about the opportunities afforded them by the Green Homes Grant. In light of the climate crisis we’re all facing, this scheme is a positive move in the right direction towards making England’s existing housing stock more fit for purpose when it comes to energy efficiency.”
Kevin McCloud, presenter of Grand Designs, editor-at-large of Grand Designs magazine and front man for Grand Designs Live, said: “I’m pleased to see that the government-led Green Homes Grant initiative is leading the drive towards a green approach to home retrofits. This is an ethos that I, through Grand Designs, have personally championed for two decades, and I am delighted that Grand Designs magazine and BEIS are partnering to help make it happen.”