DECC are ramping up their offers to boost take-up of the Green Deal. Is this an act of will or desperation?
The offers are described in more detail here, and, I think, are primarily aimed at householders, but can also be claimed by landlords and tenants. The works must be compete before march 2014 to be eligible and the value is a maximum of 50% of the householder/landlord investment. There is nothing for nothing from this Government.
£40m will be available at these rates, which should create an incentive between 20,000 and 40,000 properties. After that funding has been allocated, the rates will drop for the next tranche, as costs ought to have come down for more expensive measures.
I would have liked to see something that encourages a neighbour to persuade other neighbours to get involved, a way of building a streetscale or neighbourhood scale effort. But some incentive is better than no incentive.
Here are some examples of some typical scenarios that illustrate some of the possibilities.
|Measure||Rate||Cavity Wall Version
|Solid Wall Version (pitched roof)||Solid Wall with room in roof|
|Loft insulation (incl. top up) £100||£ 100.00||£ 100.00||£ 100.00||£ 100.00|
|Cavity wall insulation £250||£ 250.00||£ 250.00|
|Solid wall insulation* £650||£ 650.00||£ 650.00||£ 650.00|
|Flat roof insulation £390||£ 390.00||£ 390.00|
|Room in roof insulation £220||£ 220.00||£ 220.00|
|Floor insulation £150||£ 150.00||£ 150.00|
|Hot water cylinder insulation (incl. top up)** £10||£ 10.00||£ 10.00||£ 10.00||£ 10.00|
|Draught proofing £50||£ 50.00||£ 50.00||£ 50.00||£ 50.00|
|Heating controls (roomstat and/or programmer and time/temperature zone controls)**||£ 70.00|
|Condensing oil boiler from non-condensing oil heating or other***||£ 310.00|
|Upgrade boiler to condensing gas boiler from non-condensing boiler or other||£ 270.00||£ 270.00||£ 270.00||£ 270.00|
|Flue gas heat recovery (condensing combi boiler) only alongside replacement boiler||£ 90.00||£ 90.00||£ 90.00||£ 90.00|
|New or replacement storage heaters £150||£ 150.00|
|Replacement warm-air unit £60||£ 60.00|
|Waste water heat recovery systems £60||£ 60.00||£ 60.00||£ 60.00||£ 60.00|
|Double/triple glazing (old single to A) £20 per m2 up to a maximum of £320||£ 320.00||£ 320.00||£ 320.00||£ 320.00|
|High performance replacement doors £40||£ 40.00||£ 40.00||£ 40.00||£ 40.00|
|Secondary glazing £15 per m2 up to a maximum of £230||£ 230.00|
|Total Potential Package Available||£ 1,580.00||£ 1,740.00||£ 1,810.00|
* A minimum of 50% of external walls must be insulated to qualify for a Cashback on solid wall insulation.
** Cannot be claimed at same time as boiler replacement (as this is a regulatory requirement).
*** Householders should consider their renewable heat options, as they could get a higher payment under RHPP now, for certain measures.