Doors, not windows, are potential Green Homes Grant winners
The Green Homes Grant has the potential to create substantial new demand for door replacements, while opportunities for replacement windows look slim.
This is according to early analysis of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which has been officially announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the UK.
The headline terms of the scheme are that the Green Homes Grants will give homeowners vouchers to install: solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation; air source or ground source heat pump; and/or solar thermal. In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures, such as: double or triple glazing/secondary glazing when replacing single glazing; upgrading to energy efficient doors; and/or hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls.
Ryan Johnson, managing director of Emplas, said: The opportunities for replacement windows are limited because you need to be replacing a single glazed product, and with 95% of the market already on second time replacements, there aren’t a lot of those to go at. They are also secondary measures, which mean households have to commit and spend on primary measures first, including wall and roof insulation, before considering windows and doors.
The update today, does, however hint at opportunities for door replacement. Still a secondary measure, the government says funding will be available as it stands for replacement of any door fitted before 2002. Given the number of PVCU panels fitted pre-2002 that we know are still in circulation, the market potential is substantial, even as a secondary measure.
Homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers from September that will cover at least two-thirds of the cost of updating their property, up to £5,000 per household. For low income households, Mr Sunak said the government will „go even further” with vouchers covering the full cost, up to £10,000.
The government also said that to qualify as an approved installation business, installers need to be part of the TrustMark scheme.