Atoll Architecture can help advise you explore a range of energy efficient measures for your new home or extension, from simple cost neutral technology utilising good practice and energy-efficient materials, through to more complex eco system considerations such as Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps. The underlying sustainable ethos to Ian Banks’ interest was reinforced following several years living and working in the Maldives between 1986 and 1992, but was founded far earlier: Ian’s first ever architectural design scheme was for a solar-heated swimming pool design created as part of his Technical Drawing O-Level in 1976; whilst his architectural degree scheme in 1984 was for a Water Source Heat Pump and solar-heated Environmental Study Retreat at the derelict Porth Wen Brickworks in Anglesey.
At the time of writing this blog, the following Government announcements over environmental schemes and grants for householders, including the Green Homes Grant scheme and Each Home Counts Review (EHCR) have been made. Check out a number of the national home energy efficiency grants and schemes by clicking on the links below or contact Ian Banks to discuss on 07717 710014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each Home Counts Review (EHCR) – The Government-commissioned EHCR acknowledges the importance of consumers receiving trusted, impartial advice on energy efficiency. This Review also made recommendations on how energy efficiency advice could be improved. The EHCR site was developed in conjunction with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. Recommendations you receive using the services on this site, are based on standards developed for Government as a way of understanding how houses and flats use energy, and how your home’s energy use could be improved.
Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme – The Chancellor announced on 8th July 2020 a £2bn Green Homes Grant in England. Under this scheme homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for a voucher to fund up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their home (up to a maximum contribution of around £5000). Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding, up to around £10,000. The Green Homes Grant has also been extended to March 2022.
Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) – If you have installed solar PV panels or other renewable electricity generation in your home or business like Wind Turbines or Micro CHP, you may be able to get money through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Under the SEG, you can be paid for every unit of electricity that you feed back into the grid from your renewable system. You won’t be paid for any electricity that you use yourself.
Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) – The RHI is a long-standing government scheme that supports and encourages renewable heating systems like heat pumps and wood boilers. If you install a system that meets all the scheme requirements, you can effectively be paid for every unit of renewable heat you produce over a number of years. There are two RHI schemes, with the Domestic RHI being for households with a renewable heating system just for the one home, and that can support five technologies:
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
- Wood boilers
- Wood pellet stoves with back boiler
- Solar water heating
Enter your postcode for national and local grants– Entering your postcode and answering a few questions on your circumstances will illustrate any relevant national and local grants that you might be eligible for.
The RIBA has also responded to the Green Homes Grant scheme. RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“It is great to see more details on the Green Homes Grant scheme to support households to become more energy efficient and reduce energy bills. We have long called for use of a TrustMark to ensure homeowners are using accredited tradespeople and simple energy advice service for homeowners so I’m pleased to see these proposals taken forward. But it’s very disappointing that there is no requirement to compare energy pre and post retrofit to help ensure value for money and energy savings. It is clear the government needs to urgently set out a ‘National Retrofit strategy’, with adequate funding to retrofit the homes which require upgrading and help meet our net zero targets.”
Working With an Architect on Your Home
Check out the advice from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and download their various free guides, including their information and advocacy on the benefits of Working With an Architect on Your Home .
Ian Banks has been a Chartered RIBA Architect now for over 30 years, and would be delighted to assist you. Call him now on 07717710014 or email him at email@example.com .
Further information and guides are also accessible off the new Houzz Pro website for Atoll Architecture.