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Dear BISF HOUSE OWNERS,

First of all I would like to say how fantastic it is that I have stumbled across a website for owners / tenants of BISF houses. I have lived in a Steel frame house for eight years without realising it was a BISF house. Now that I have found the online support network that exists, I feel a sense of real camaraderie between dwellers. Great!!!

Excuse my naivety, How do you go about making an application for a grant or assistance with installing external wall cladding to improve a property’s insulation?? I have read somewhere that I might be eligible for financial assistance under a green scheme?????

Yours Sincerely,

Rob

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Hello Rob, thank you for your kind comments and may I offer you a very warm welcome!

The recent Government Green Deal Scheme has, without doubt offered the highest level of funding we have ever seen for external wall insulation. On the plus side, once external insulated is fitted, the entire house is then effectively refurbished through the new coating that is applied on top of the insulation.

During the summer of 2014, homeowners could apply for up to £6000 toward the cost of external wall insulation and although installation costs did vary depending on the chosen installer, we found £8,500 to be a typical installation price when several houses in the same street banded together and were being insulated at the same time by the same installer, otherwise a one off installation can sometimes cost considerably more.

The Government originally set side £120m for the 2014 phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement fund. This was a very generous cash giveaway that was snapped up quickly by Homeowners and Landlords alike, but due to unprecedented demand, the majority of the years budget was exhausted in a matter of weeks causing the scheme to close abruptly.

In a bid to reduce the overall demand for toward the EWI component of the scheme, which was by far the most expensive measure available, the Government decided to revise the amount of cash available for new applicants during phase 2. This saw EWI funding drop from £6000, down to £4000, so although not quite as good it was still definitely worth considering. Other changes meant the the original funding which covered the cost of 75% of the installation would now only cover 67% of the job.

Phase 3 of funding opened on the 16th of March 2015, with even lower funding options. (See below)

MARCH 2015

£70m ‘free cash’ will be available midday March 16 2014 for home energy efficiency improvements from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (DGHIF).

For this third release of funding, money has been increased for the two measures offer.

The cash is the third tranche of the popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) and is not expected to last long!

Release 1 of £120m went in six weeks and Release 2 of £24m went in 48 hours.

Under the new Green Deal cash-back funding tranche households can apply for up to £5,600 per household;
up to £3750 for installing solid wall insulation (previously £4000); and/or up to £1250 for installing two measures from an approved list (previously £1000);
up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment;
up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

Applications for the £70m cash is available again on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding runs out.
The problem that you face Rob, is that it’s unlikely that you will be able to take advantage of this current phase because funding may well run out before you have time to apply.

Phase 3 is expected to be the last phase of the scheme, due to the forthcoming general election. Should we have a change of Government in the UK, which is a possibility, it is not presently known if the Green Deal Home Improvement Scheme will be retained or scrapped entirely. So until then, all we can do is sit back and wait to see what happens.

I cannot see any new schemes on the horizon just yet that would help fund the improvement of BISF or solid wall homes.
External wall insulation offered at least part of a solution, which dramatically changed the external appearance of the house, simply due to the way in which it was applied. Effectively the exterior enhancement was a welcome bonus on top of a layer of insulation.

Lets just hope that similar schemes will continue, no matter which party leads our Country.

The UK has a number of Brussels induced legal obligations to cut emissions and reduce energy consumption, by making homes more efficient.

Whilst these laws remain, who knows what will be the next offer on he table.

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