The government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme is causing some confusion for our clients in terms of what it means for double glazed windows and doors.
Unfortunately double glazing and draught proofing are only classified as ‘secondary measures’ rather than ‘primary measures’ under the scheme, which means it is not straightforward to get the grant.
So, as an environmentally conscious company and to help our clients, we have decided to offer our own Green Homes Discount for clients looking to replace single glazing with double glazing – see details below.
What the government are offering
The government’s Green Homes Grant vouchers give homeowners in England grants of up to £5000 for energy efficiency improvements to the home.
But double glazing and draught proofing only qualify if other ‘primary measures’ are installed first – such as cavity wall/ loft insulation and renewable heating systems.
The £5000 grant is spread across all the measures, rather than for each measure, and you can only receive a maximum grant for double glazing/ draught proofing up to the amount you are receiving for primary measures.
So, for example, if you are receiving a £1000 grant for cavity wall insulation, you can only receive a maximum of £1000 grant for double glazing/ draught proofing.
There are also various time restrictions to both the primary and secondary measures which mean that if either is delayed, you risk missing out. As Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert explains –
“You won’t be able to get the funding for any secondary measures before the primary work is completed.
If the primary work doesn’t go ahead or is delayed beyond the deadline, there is a risk that you’ll miss out on funding for any secondary measures you’ve already had installed, so you would be liable for the full cost yourself.”
With on-going and unexpected delays to manufacturing and installation because of COVID, this could mean many people miss out.
What Timbawood are offering
Because of this confusion and uncertainty, at Timbawood we have decided to offer a Green Homes Discount of our own.
For our clients who are upgrading their timber sash windows from single glazed to double glazed, we are now offering competitive discounts in line with the government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme, for orders that are placed before Christmas 2020, and installed before 31st March 2021.
We are offering this discount on our Traditional Range box sash windows, which are suitable for period and modern properties, and feature the latest in insulation and security performance.
As with all our ranges, the Traditional Range box sash window is available with a variety of high performance glazing, paint and hardware options.
All our glazing units feature a Low E soft coat pane for improved insulation, with additional options such as acoustic glass for improved sound insulation and laminated security glass.
The Traditional Range window gives the best thermal insulation of all our window ranges, with a centre pane U value of just 1.1Wm2K, and a whole window U value of 1.4Wm2K.
We also use full perimeter compression seals on our windows, for optimum thermal efficiency as well reducing draughts, dust and unwanted noise.
For an example of how elegant our Traditional Range windows look in situ, please see our case study of a beautiful Victorian property in Fulham.
To find out more about our Green Homes Discount offer, or for advice on the options available for your project, please call us on 0208 893 4889 to speak to one of our specialists.
At Timbawood we specialise in the finest bespoke timber windows and doors for period, conservation and listed properties in London and the Home Counties, including sash and casement windows, timber front doors, French doors, bifold doors, interior and fire doors.