:IMPORTANT: Transform Your BISF Home for under £2500  


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20/06/2014 2:12 am  

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This is by far the most important article we have ever published , a must read for every BISF owner!!

Be excited, be very excited!

This could well be the once in a lifetime, golden opportunity that every  BISF owner in the England & Wales has been waiting for.

The opportunity has finally arrived for your home to receive a full external renovation that could change the outward appearance of your house beyond recognition and the best part is that the Government will pick up a massive 75% of the bill, up to £6000!

That’s £6000 of free cash available to each and every BISF owner in the Country….

cashThis means that if you choose the right installer, or even better, if you group together with your neighbours to increase your buying power, you could see the costs of a typical installation tumble from around £11,000 per household, to a more affordable £8000 plus survey fees and any added extras you may request.

Of an £8000 basic installation, the Government would pay £6000, leaving you to pay the balance of just £2000 by cash or by finance. That’s less than the cost of having a typical drive block paved, but unlike block paving a good installation could literally add thousands of pounds in value to your home.

£2000 to transform your house, increase its value, increase its kerbside appeal and at the same time, it will help to drive down your energy bills and keep you warmer in Winter.

For decades, BISF home-owners have been left well and truly out in the cold, as previous Government grants were all but useless to BISF owners due to cavity wall insulation being totally unsuitable for BISF properties. At best, the most you could receive under Warmfront was a few rolls of loft insulation  or help with a new boiler,  but these measures did little to help keep BISF homes warm during the British winter. Many would dread the onset of Winter knowing that their energy bills would rise dramatically but inside the house they would still shiver due to the lack of insulation that is found in our unique and much loved homes.

Frozen Home Interior by Chris Larson
Frozen Home Interior by Chris Larson

But from this week, all is set to change as the latest Government backed Green Deal Initiative comes into play under its latest name, The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund or GDHIF for short.

Let’s face it, we all know that the old Green deal scheme was a disaster to say the least and the government had to do something radical to improve the amount of homes willing to undertake energy saving improvements.

Under the old scheme, the financial incentives were just plain paltry, as BISF home-owners still had to fork out large sums of cash if they wanted to obtain external wall insulation. In short it was simply far too expensive for most occupants to even begin to consider. Under the new scheme more cash is now on offer than ever before. Your home could undergo a dramatic facelift that could also extend its lifespan, making it a far better prospect for mortgage companies and lenders to consider which is an important factor considering increasing numbers are insisting that BISF properties must be renovated externally before they will even consider lending against them.

Now you can probably already tell that we are extremely excited by this latest GDHIF scheme and so should you. If fact we believe that this scheme has the potential of being so popular that the Government could simply pull funding at any time in the not so distant future so it is imperative that you act sooner rather than later.

assessmentThe first step is to obtain a Green Deal Assessment. The typical cost for this service is around £100-£150 but under the new scheme you may even be able to get £100 back toward the cost. New BISF home-owners owners who have been in their house for less than 12 months may even get an extra £500 bonus toward energy saving measures.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

We’ve changed the Green Deal to make it simpler and faster for people to make their homes more energy efficient – you could get up to £7600 back, straight into your bank account.

“I want as many people as possible to benefit from this unmissable offer. It won’t be around forever, so sign up now and get your home ready for the winter.” Under the new incentive scheme domestic energy customers can get:

  • up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
  • up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
  • up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment

The scheme also entitles those who have bought a property in the 12 months prior to application to qualify for up to an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.


You can’t do anything until your home has had a Green Deal Assessment. We suggest contacting the Energy Saving Trusts advice line on 0300 123 1234 for further information and a list of available assessors in your area. But whatever you do, don’t let your house miss out on this very special opportunity.


Who is eligible to claim the funding?

Householders living in England and Wales who are:

– Private Domestic Customers
– Tenants
– Private or Social Landlords
The GDHIF is not available to anyone who has already received funding from the Energy Company Obligation, the Green Deal Communities Scheme or any other Cashback incentive for the same installation. They may however apply for the GDHIF for additional measures providing that they have been recommended on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR).
Can the householder choose to install any of the listed measures?
Householders must have had the improvements recommended on an eligible Energy Performance Certificate, or a Green Deal Advice Report, which is less than 24 months old.
Can landlords / tenants apply?
Landlords and tenants can apply for the schemes long as they are paying for the improvements themselves. Landlords will be subject to thresholds for State Aid in that they can’t have received more than the £GBP equivalent of €200,000 of funding in the previous three financial years. Applications will be checked against a running total of state aid funds / benefits that the landlord has received to date.
What if the householder can’t afford to pay the shortfall?
The GDHIF can work alongside Green Deal Finance which means that the householder is able to spread the cost of their portion of the funding.
Can the funding be backdated?
Yes, the scheme entitles householders who have bought a domestic property in the 12 months prior to application, to qualify for an additional £500.
Can householders install the improvements themselves?
No, you must be an authorised Green Deal Installer / Provider to be eligible to undertake any of the improvement works. If you are an EWI contractor but you are not Green Deal approved and wish to find out more, contact the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body –

Welcome to the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body

Further information is available at http://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/installers/become-a-green-deal-installer
How do householders apply for GDHIF funding?
Householders should:
– hold a valid EPC or GDAR (which must have been carried out no less than 24 months prior to application and have applied for measures as recommended within.
– register for a GDHIF voucher BEFORE any works commence. The application website and telephone number will be made available in early June.
– on receipt of the GDHIF voucher, arrange to have the improvments installed by a registered Green Deal Installer or Provider within six months.
– submit the voucher (countersigned by the Green Deal Installer or Provider, along with copies of any invoices, PAS2030 Claim(s) of Conformity and also their GDAR invoice.
– once all of the relevant paperwork has been processed and approved, householders should receive payment in approx. 10 working days.

In our next article we will be talking about combining your buying power with your neighbours to smash down the installation costs and ways encourage your your entire street to become involved.

Coming up, we offer advice on choosing the right Green Deal installer for your home and how to avoid choosing the wrong company.

We would also like to hear from GDHIF installers who have experience in BISF installations.

Drop us an e-mail at [email protected] and remember, there are potentially 36,000 new customers out there!



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