BMF urges support for Green Homes Grant scheme

Builders merchants trade association the Builders Merchants Federation is calling on its members to actively support the Government’s Green Homes Grant.

The scheme has the potential to improve the energy efficiency of over 600,000 homes and to support 100,000 jobs. Tradespeople need to be TrustMark registered to carry out home improvements under the scheme. Under the grant scheme, announced earlier this year,  the Government has made £2bn available to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes, helping homeowners to save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.  A further £1bn has been earmarked to upgrade public buildings.

The BMF, which is working in partnership with TrustMark on the project, has called on merchant members to encourage their trade customers to get involved.  A dedicated page on the TrustMark website will also list those BMF members who are actively supporting the scheme through the manufacture or supply of suitable products.

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BMF CEO John Newcomb,  said: “The Green Homes Grant is a fantastic opportunity for merchants to work alongside their installer customers to help homeowners upgrade their homes, with the government paying for much of the work.

“The initial scheme is running for a limited time and more accredited tradespeople are needed to carry out the work.  The BMF printed 50,000 leaflets for our merchant members to pass on to customers in advance of the launch, explaining the scheme and encouraging them to get involved.  By working together we can make the Green Homes Grant a success.”

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About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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