GDHIF and solid wall insulation
UPDATE: As of 30 March 2016, the government has stopped funding and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed to new applications.
Solid wall insulation has become very popular over the last couple of years. This increase has been largely down to the recognition that it has received, from the Government, as a energy efficiency improvement worthy for the various green schemes that they introduce.
One of these green schemes, which has proved to be particularly popular is the GDHIF (Green Deal Home Improvement Fund) that launched for the first time in the summer of 2014. This GDHIF scheme provides a non-means tested grant to reward you for certain energy improvements you install.
The Initial Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
Solid Wall Insulation was the the real focus of the GDHIF. Initially, in the summer of 2014, the available grant was £6,000, but this ran out (there was an initial £100m pot) just 6 weeks after it launched. The Government noticed how popular this was as a home improvement so in December they released another £30m to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Second Phase of GDHIF – December 2014
This proved even more popular and lasted just 30 hours! This was despite the fact that the grant was reduced to £4,000 per property (or if you had bought the house in the last 12 months – £4,500).
March 2015 – the Third branch of GDHIF money
In March 2015, it was announced at the EcoBuild show that there would be a further £70m made available for homeowners to install solid wall insulation on their homes, so if you are interested in insulating your solid wall property – there has never been a better time!
The grant has once again been reduced though, but this time by just £250, taking the total payment down to £3,750. However, bearing in mind it is still non-means tested – i.e. anyone with a solid wall property can access it provided you insulate 50% or more of available external walls, it is still a fantastic offer.
Why Choose BeConstructive for your external solid wall insulation?
At BeConstructive we have insulated 100’s of properties under the GDHIF scheme all over London! We offer hugely competitive prices and our wealth of experience makes us market leaders in the solid wall insulation – home improvement sector.
Our team of installers are all fully trained up to insulate using the EWI-Pro solid wall insulation system from Kreisel – fast becoming the no.1 solid wall insulation product in the UK – offering unparalleled energy saving performance. The EWI-Pro system will improve the energy efficiency of a solid wall to such an extent, it will perform better (in terms of heat loss) than a brand new cavity wall built today. When we use 100mm of EPS insulation, the u-value of a solid wall drops from 2.1 to just 0.27W/m2K.
The GDHIF grant allows us to insulate the solid wall insulation at a hugely discounted price, offering even quicker payback (energy savings versus initial investment), sometimes just a couple of years!
A couple of points worth mentioning about GDHIF for EWI
In order to apply for the GDHIF grant you will need an EPC / Green Deal Assessment dated within the last 2 years and containing solid wall insulation as a recommendation. In addition, you will also require a quote for the proposed works. Together, these two things will allow you to apply for a voucher, which can then be redeemed so you can claim the grant once the works have been carried out on the property.
The final point worth mentioning is that the GDHIF grant can only be claimed if more than 50% of the property is being insulated with External wall insulation. So for example, if your home is an end terrace property, you would need to insulate two of the wall faces, i.e front+flank or back+flank, and if you lived in a detached property then three sides of the house must be insulated (as it would be unlikely that you would want to partially insulate a wall).