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Energy Management


At the end of September, the Government launched the Green Homes Grant — a new scheme that aims to upgrade over 600,000 homes by covering two thirds of the cost of energy efficiency measures up to £10,000, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction. So what does this news mean for the electronics sector?


The GreenHomes Grant


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he Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:


Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation Air source or ground source heat pump Solar thermal In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving


measures. These include one or more of the following: Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing


Upgrading to energy efficient doors Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls Heating buildings accounts for almost a fifth of UK greenhouse gas emissions and reducing carbon dioxide from homes will be essential to reaching net zero by 2050. The government’s wider green package also includes an additional £1 billion programme to make public buildings, including schools and hospitals across the UK more energy efficient. An additional £50 million will pilot innovative approaches to retrofitting social housing at scale. Matt Parton, product manager with Scolmore Group Company, Sangamo,


welcomed the news that heating controls are being included in the Government Green Homes Grant. “The scheme provides the electrical industry and other sectors with the


opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes,” he said. “For example, the transition to smart controls for heating controls and boilers will require electrical input. The Sangamo Choice Wi-Fi thermostat is designed to offer installers the opportunity to easily add a smart control function to their customers’ home heating. It provides users with energy efficient programming and with remote access via the APP, it allows for constant monitoring and control at your fingertips. We see the electrical sector as having a key role to play in the success of the scheme. “With over 600,000 homes eligible, this is an excellent opportunity for


electricians and other tradespeople to get involved. In order to take part in the scheme, which is set to support over 100,000 jobs in green construction, tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).” Drayton by Schneider Electric was similarly encouraged by the news of the Grant, commenting that “encouraging and supporting energy efficiency measures will be a key pillar of the UK’s plans to build back better.” A Drayton representative said: “Schneider Electric are thrilled to see that heating controls, including smart heating controls are included within the


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scheme. These technologies have a key role to play in reducing energy bills and carbon emissions and ensuring our homes are future proof. We look forward to working with our partners, installers and customers to ensure that we maximise the impact of this scheme.


Public buildings The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which was announced at the start of October, will help councils install energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures, reducing energy bills and carbon emissions. The scheme is also expected to create up to 30,000 low- carbon jobs. Leading manufacturer of intelligent building control technology Priva is


urging local authorities to move quickly to apply for a share of the £1billion fund. Building management systems - specifically BEMs systems which are either bureau managed, remotely managed or not managed, are listed as eligible technologies. This scheme is designed to enable new projects and those projects


already started or completed are not eligible as they do not meet the additionality criteria. However, if a project is currently underway and that project can be expanded with additional scope, an application for grant funding for that expansion can be made. Applications are open to eligible organisations from 30th September; closing dates depend on the type of eligible organisation - ranging from 12 October 2020 to the 11 January 2021.


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