Return to render: Cladding group calls for green scheme reopening
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment
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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) wants the government to reopen the green deal home improvement fund (GDHIF).
It said this will help households living in solid wall properties to install solid wall insulation (SWI) and reduce their energy bills.
INCA said GDHIF was designed to support the development of the SWI supply chain following the reduction in the target for SWI under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which was announced in December 2013.
However, after changes to GDHIF were announced last month, there was a huge surge in applications for funding and the budget limit for the scheme was reached, resulting in its closure after just six weeks. INCA said "this has left households, many of whom have already paid out for Green Deal Advice Reports (GDARs), stranded in cold, leaky solid wall properties and unable to obtain funding for installing SWI".
GDHIF was closed in the same week that Government published its response to the Future of ECO consultation confirming that energy companies would make additional savings as a result of the changes to ECO, including the 75% reduction in the SWI target.
INCA Chairman Padraig Barry said: "The double whammy of no change to the SWI minimum under ECO and the sudden closure of GDHIF has left the SWI industry reeling. This is despite previous commitments from government to work with us to avoid another ‘boom and bust’ cycle."