Green Homes Grant: what you need to know about Trustmark & PAS 2030
23 November 2020
If you've been exploring the possibility of undertaking low-carbon improvements to your home under the government's recently launched Green Homes Grant, its worth being aware of the role of TrustMark.
In brief, in order to access a grant your installer (e.g. the builder or tradesperson working on your home) will need to be registered with TrustMark. This is the government endorsed quality scheme covering the work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home when in receipt of a Green Homes Grant.
Installers and builders who wish to be Trustmark approved to install energy efficiency measures currently need to have done PAS 2030:2019 quality standard. In the near future this is going to be replaced with a more enhanced version called PAS 2035. The main difference between PAS 2030 and 2035, is that under PAS 2035 you will need a Retrofit Coordinator who will produce a plan for your property.
Most smaller installers and local builders won’t have PAS 2030 accreditation. This quality standard will require them to implement a quality management system that requires additional administration for each project. The cost of implementing this system may be prohibitive for smaller traders, so you will need to speak to your builder about this if you want them to do work under the Green Homes Grant and they don’t have PAS.
Low carbon heat and renewables
Installers who wish to be Trustmark approved need to also be MCS accredited. MCS certifies low-carbon products and installations used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources. MCS has been running since 2007 and the majority of installers who fit heat pumps and solar panels will already be MCS accredited. It shouldn’t therefore be too much work for them to become Trustmark approved.