Opportunities remain

The Green Homes Grant scheme still provides opportunities for installers, according to Roseview Windows, despite its seemingly limited scope for the fenestration industry.

Roseview director Paul Bygrave said: “After the initial fanfare, many now feel that the Green Homes Grant has turned into a bit of a damp squib. But if you look a little closer we believe it still provides a clear opportunity for installers. The scheme may be more complicated than originally thought, but with a little effort there’s potentially a rich seam of business here.

“First we have to look at how many homes are suitable. Different surveys suggest that between 85% and 95% of homes are double glazed. Given that the Office for National Statistics estimate that there are almost 28 million homes in the UK, that means somewhere between 1.4 and 4.2 million homes still have single glazing. That’s not an insignificant number, especially when you consider that many of them are likely to be clustered.

“To be able to offer solutions for these homes installers need to be approved. That means being registered with TrustMark. It may also mean being PAS 2030 accredited. At the moment PAS 2030 accreditation still hasn’t been publicly confirmed, and we’re hearing talk that a cut-down version may allow installers to register for the scheme. What we can say is that many installers won’t bother trying, cutting the competition for Green Home Grant projects.”

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