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Opportunities for NIA Members

Further to a wider collaboration between the NIA and the Greater South East Energy Hub, we are delighted to be able to signpost members to some fantastic opportunities to work with the Hub on schemes such as LAD2/3 and HUG.  This is the first step in an exciting collaboration between two organisations that we are sure will have fantastic benefits for both parties. 

The Greater South East Energy Hub* operates in the south east and east of England and has been building a supply chain of installers ready to provide energy-efficient measures, renewable energy, and low carbon heating for Government-funded retrofit projects. They are keen to see more insulation installers benefit from this opportunity, particularly with the emphasis on ‘fabric first’.

These domestic retrofit schemes include:

  • The current Local Authority Delivery (LAD2)
  • Future Sustainable Warmth programmes (LAD3/Home Upgrade Grant)

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered via local authorities, the schemes will mean tens of thousands more households nationally will be able to be more energy efficient as a result of energy-saving upgrades and low carbon heating.

A monthly opportunity – join the regional supply chain

An opportunity opens every month for installers that are PAS 2030:2019 and Trustmark registered to register on the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This is the procurement process being used by local authorities and social housing providers in the region to buy retrofit works. Installers that meet the registration criteria are added to the System.

Local authorities can then invite suppliers on the System to bid for a specific contract that is relevant to their area of work.

To find out more, click here.

*The Greater South East Energy Hub is one of five local Energy Hubs in England. The other four Hubs are also operating similar schemes and more information can be found by visiting their respective webpages below. 

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If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

SWIGA AGM Invitation – Birmingham – 31st March 2022

NIA members are invited to the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency’s (SWIGA) latest event on 31st March 2022 at the Westmead Hotel, Birmingham.

The NIA and SWIGA have recently been collaborating together with BEIS on several topical solutions, such as PAS 2035 (regarding the below damp proof course, DPC, and potential verge trim solutions), potential finance issues of retrofitted properties such as insurance and mortgage issues. We have also joined up to provide BEIS with input on the design and implementation of LAD, HUG, SHDF, and ECO4.

It would be fantastic to see you all at this event in person and help grow our collaborative efforts with SWIGA.

Please email by 21st March to make sure you are allocated a space.

If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

Government Response to Public Account Committee’s Damning Report on the Green Homes Grant

In December 2021, the Public Accounts Committee published a report on the Green Homes Grant, detailing how it had ‘underperformed badly”, upgrading only about 47,500 homes out of the 600,000 originally envisaged and delivering a small fraction of the expected jobs.

The NIA is pleased to see that the Government has this week published its response to the report, acknowledging its shortfalls and detailing its plans for improving the design and delivery of future schemes. It is particularly promising to see that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has recognised the need for greater liaison with industry and consumers in future programme design.

The NIA remains committed to working closely and collaboratively with BEIS and will continue to share the views and considerable experience of members in supporting the design and implementation of future schemes.

Key highlights:

  • BEIS accepts the implementation time was unrealistic, and has secured HMT agreement to roll committed spend for the Home Upgrade Grant into future tax years. This is important because it allows them to smooth over peaks and troughs in demand without having to hand it’s in year cash back unspent and the end of the financial year.
  • They accept the scheme was overly complex, which they blame on being forced to roll it out so quickly (having no rollover flexibility). They also accept they need to ensure more meaningful engagement with industry and consumers in future programme design.
  • They will introduce a more rigorous assessment procedure for appointing contractors to run future schemes.
  • They agree they didn’t learn lessons from previous energy efficiency schemes, and have committed to an independent evaluation which will be published in August 2023 and shared with all relevant officials. They claim they have already involved more than 100 officials in a lessons learnt project from HMT, No 10 and elsewhere. They have also set up a new programme to increase the department’s capacity to deliver major projects.
  • BEIS also notes in its response that one of their KPIs to No 10 is the improvement in the number of EPC Cs, on which they have to report on annually. Which should put pressure on them to find ways to make a difference.

To read the response in full, click here.

If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

NIA supports open Letter from the ADE to cut green VAT

The National Insulation Association has supported the ADE and the wider sector in calling for a reduction in the VAT applied to energy efficiency measures from the current rate of 20% to 0%, similar to that of new build projects.

Regardless of what policies and other incentives exist for the retrofit market, with 20% VAT on all retrofit works to existing homes, there is a strong disincentive to carry out deep retrofit works. This is a particularly critical issue considering the ongoing energy price crisis – whilst energy efficiency solutions alone cannot solve the issue of soaring energy bills, they are an effective way in which the UK can work to futureproof the warmth, health and comfort of its citizens.

To find out more, click here.

If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

Provisions for the end of ECO3

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has provided an update on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) End of Scheme Eligibility Matching.

The main points to note are:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits data matching facility will close for ECO3 eligibility matching on 31st March 2022. It is unlikely that BEIS will be able to reopen until the ECO4 statutory instrument comes into force.
  • Parties participating in ECO can still check eligible households up to 31st March 2022.
  • Parties participating in ECO can still check eligibility through alternative forms of benefit evidence.
  • LA Flex eligibility does not rely on data matching, so targeting under LA Flex will not be affected.

If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund awards £179 million

First wave of Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund allocates £179 million to 69 projects


With energy efficiency improvements being one of the most effective ways to reduce energy bills, the National Insulation Association welcomes news that the first wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund will improve 20,000 homes.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has named a total of 69 projects to have been successful in bidding for funding through the scheme which will invest a total of £3.8 billion over a period of ten years. The funding follows the success of a £61 million demonstrator project, which improved the energy efficiency of 2,100 households.

Targeting social housing properties with an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) rating of D or lower, the funding will see tens of thousands of tenants across England benefit from energy efficiency upgrades including external wall insulation, roof insulation, energy efficient doors and windows, heat pumps and solar panels.

What impact will the funding have?

  • 20,000 social housing properties across England will receive energy efficiency upgrades as government announces £179 million cash boost
  • Funding for 69 projects will help cut fuel bills for social housing tenants and deliver warmer homes
  • Upgrades will support around 9,000 green energy sector jobs and deliver emissions savings equivalent to taking up to 6,000 cars off the road in any given year

Where are the projects located?

  • London, £23,708,238
  • Southwest, £5,024,842
  • Southeast, £8,608,446
  • East of England, £27,323,006
  • West Midlands, £23,208,418
  • East Midlands, £ 27,760,477
  • Northeast, £14,177,002
  • Northwest, £26,309,473
  • Yorkshire and the Humber, £22,573,272

What next?

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of March 2023 as part of plans to support lower income and more vulnerable households.

In the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net Zero Strategy, a commitment was made to invest £800 million for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of the 2021 Spending Review process across the next three years. This commitment, together with today’s announcement and the associated demonstrator project, brings the total committed funding to just over £1 billion so far.

Wave 2 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is due to launch in the next financial year, with more details expected in the coming months.


If you’d like to get in touch with your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact us at or call us on 012171664558. 

Building Regulation Updates

Building Regulation Updates

There have been a number of policy updates in December so far which may be of interest to members. This e-brief provides a summary of the key updates. If you have any questions about these updates and how they may impact your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we would be happy to provide you with further information.

Building Regulation Updates

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has today implemented the 2021 uplift to the Building Regulations via the publication of new approved documents:


Alongside the above documents, the Government has laid out new regulations and published guidance surrounding the installation of electric vehicle charge points in new and existing buildings (undergoing certain types of work).

The uplift will come into force on 15 June 2022, following a 6-month period. Transitional arrangements are in place which mean that if a building notice, initial notice, or full plans for building work are submitted to a local authority before 15 June 2022, then provided the building work commences by 15 June 2023, work on that individual building is permitted to continue under the previous standards.

In addition to the publication of the approved documents, the Government has set out its response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation. This sets out the Government’s plans for the implementation of the FBS from 2025 following the public consultation which the NIA responded to.

A full technical consultation on the Future Buildings Standard will commence in 2023.


To read more, click here.