‘The Green Homes scheme is essential to locking in quality rather than just quantity’

The National Insulation Association welcomes the £3bn plan announced by the Chancellor and believes it could have a ‘huge impact’ on reducing emissions from existing homes

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The Green Homes scheme must lock in quality energy efficiency measures rather than just quantity.

That’s the suggestion from the National Insulation Association (NIA), which welcomes the £3 billion plan announced earlier this week by the Chancellor during his Summer Statement.

The economic package, which includes a scheme providing homeowners with £5,000 vouchers to improve the insulation of their homes and cut carbon, could have a ‘huge impact’ on reducing emissions from existing homes, according to NIA.

However, the independent body suggests those who will receive the grant should receive the highest possible standard of customer service and quality installation, using guaranteed systems and products.

The trade association also says following the right framework and learning from lessons from the past will also maximise the number of sustainable jobs created whilst contributing to the ambitious goal of bringing all homes up to EPC Band C by 2035.

Derek Horrocks, Chairman of the NIA, said: As we recover from the crisis and accelerate the low carbon transition, improving the quality of our homes will have wide-reaching benefits but it is essential that the scheme firmly locks in quality rather than just quantity. Industry is ready and willing to ensure that both are delivered at the same time.”

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