A new green pilot scheme built by TrustMark, has seen some of the High Street’s best-known banks and building societies offer cash incentives for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. It sees windows and doors included as a qualifying product, offering a great opportunity for installation companies.
Barclay’s Greener Home Reward scheme offers its UK residential mortgage customers to claim up to £2,000 when they have installed a qualifying energy efficient home improvement measure.
Coventry Building Society has run a similar pilot, the Green Together Reward, which follows the same model of offering cash incentives for mortgage holders to improve the efficiency of their property.
Head of Member Services at Certass, Danelle Vanstone says: “We think this incentive is a well thought out idea and creates a great opportunity for Certass members. The drive for energy efficient home improvement measures is really gathering momentum, and with the current cost-of-living situation, many are on the lookout for any financial support available to them.
“Whilst many schemes like this are only eligible to select homeowners, this particular pilot has opened up access to financial support to all homeowners with a mortgage product, so we can work together to improve the efficiency of our national housing stock.”
Homeowners may choose from a range of home improvement measures, including installing double and triple glazed windows and doors. To qualify for the reward, homeowners must use a TrustMark Registered Business.
Danelle says: “We have a long-standing partnership with TrustMark having been strong supporters for over 15 years. Certass members can easily upgrade their certification with us online for just £5+VAT per month, making them Trustmark registered and eligible to carry out these green home improvement measures.”
Simon Ayres, CEO of TrustMark, the only Government Endorsed Quality Scheme in the UK covering home improvements, says: “These pilot schemes provide a way for homeowners who are not eligible for government-funded schemes to access support in installing much-needed energy efficiency measures to their homes. It also provides opportunities for TrustMark Registered Businesses and means that the homeowner and their lender have the assurance of quality work, carried out to the required standards, with protection in place.