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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN?

THE GREAT BRITISH INSULATION SCHEME

The Great British Insulation scheme will help thousands of people feeling the pinch to receive insulation upgrades in their homes while slashing their energy bills.

Forget the Great British Bake Off. 


It’s all about the Great British Insulation Scheme – a £1billion government drive launched to help those most in need heat their home for less.


More than 300,000 homes in England, Scotland, and Wales will have the chance to get insulation installed, which could save families an average of £400 a year on their energy bills. 


Families in lower council tax bands with less energy-efficient homes will be offered vital upgrades - such as roof, loft, or cavity wall insulation. The scheme will boost help for those on the lowest incomes as well as extend support to a wider range of households compared to other existing government-funded schemes. 


Homeowners, landlords or tenants (either renting privately or from a housing association) are also eligible for the scheme. Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho expressed the government’s determinations to “help families keep their homes warm through the winter months and save on their energy costs”.


Those eligible for support under the Great British Insulation Scheme include families in council tax bands A-D in England, A-E in Scotland, and Wales, with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said:

The scheme will help build on the government’s progress in improving energy efficiency in the country’s homes – in 2010, just 14% of homes had an EPC rating of C or above, compared to 47% in 2022.

This support will run alongside the existing Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which offers free home energy efficiency improvements, such as insulation, heat pumps and solar panels to families on low incomes.


Do you qualify?
The Great British Insulation Scheme online checker tool will help you to find out if you’re eligible for insulation support. The tool will ask questions such as how you heat your home, whether it has solid or cavity walls, and if you receive any benefits. Customers using the online tools will then be referred to either their energy supplier, for support from the ECO programme and Great British Insulation Scheme, or their local council for the Home Upgrade Grant, to take the next step in making their home more energy efficient.

Insulation solutions  
Loft insulation is any material installed within the joists of a pitched roof space to reduce heat loss from the building below.

Michelle Placide, Head of Insulation Category at Saint-Gobain Interior Solutions, recommends loft insulation and Isover Spacesaver products, which are glass mineral wool rolls, pre-perforated to fit between common joist spacing at ceiling level and in varying thicknesses. Solutions within the range include Spacesaver rollSpacesaver LiteSpacesaver Ready-Cut, and Spacesaver Plus. She advises:

Insulation can improve the comfort of your home and it’ll help to save on energy bills – an extra bonus is that it could also contribute towards reducing carbon emissions. Isover Spacesaver products are supplied in longer-length rolls to help increase the speed of installation and ensure more efficient delivery and storage. The range is manufactured in the UK at our Runcorn plant (uses 100% recycled electricity), with up to 82% recycled glass.

Find out more about the Great British Insulation Scheme