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The Green Homes Grant must be the first step in a longer-term, Government-led buildings energy efficiency and decarbonisation plan

Sarah Kostense-Winterton, Executive Director | Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association

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The goal must be to ensure future new builds are safe, efficient, resilient, and perform as intended whilst avoiding significant unintended consequences in terms of poor quality installations and short-term boom and bust in the energy efficiency market.

Energy efficiency upgrades can make a big difference to people’s lives, both in terms of improved comfort, health and safety at home, but also by guarding against escalating energy bills during a time when many have lost their jobs or seen their incomes fall.

Whilst we wait for the granular detail from BEIS of the Green Home Grants scheme, what is clear is that the Government has demonstrated that it recognises the importance of building energy efficiency as part of the nation’s Green Recovery. The GHG must be one of a number of first steps in a longer-term, Government-led buildings energy efficiency and decarbonisation plan. Such long-term planning is vital for businesses to have the confidence to invest at the necessary level.

Of course, the goal must be to ensure future new builds are safe, efficient, resilient, and perform as intended whilst avoiding significant unintended consequences in terms of poor quality installations and short-term boom and bust in the energy efficiency market.”

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