The UK government has revealed that gas boilers will be banned in all new build homes after 2025. Termed the “future homes standard” it will be required that all new builds have low carbon heating systems like heat pumps installed.
This decision is part of the government’s ten-point initiative that is designed to help the country achieve its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As of 2021, all new homes are expected to meet a 31% reduction target in carbon emissions.
Heat pumps are predicted to have a key role in providing heat for properties that are constructed to the Future Homes Standard. There are multiple grants available that can help cover or subsidise the cost of installing an air source heat pump in a new build home.
Even though there aren’t any grants or schemes that are directly targeted at air source heat pumps for new builds, there are grants that you could be eligible for that will pay for your heat pump installation. Let’s take a look at some examples of schemes that you could apply for below.
The ECO scheme was launched by the government in 2013 with the goal of tackling fuel poverty and lowering carbon emissions across domestic homes in the UK. It does this by giving energy companies the responsibility of providing grants to qualifying households that will cover the cost of installing energy efficient systems and improvements, including air source heat pumps.
If you are a homeowner or privately renting tenant in a new build property with inefficient heating, a low EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating, and/or a low income, you could be eligible for a free air source heat pump grant through the ECO scheme.
The RHI was another government scheme that aimed to help the country meet its net-zero carbon goal by 2050 and provide affordable energy efficient heating to eligible households. This scheme stopped taking new applications in March 2022, with the BUS launching in May 2022 to replace it. Participants of the RHI receive quarterly tariff payments for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of renewable heat they produce with their new system.
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme replaced the RHI and is now open to new applications. It works differently from the RHI in that it provides applicants with an upfront sum of up to £5,000 for air source heat pumps and £6,000 for ground source heat pumps instead of the £7,000 paid in quarterly instalments over seven years that the Renewable Heat Incentive offered.
If you’re looking for air source heat pump grants for new builds either the ECO4 scheme or BUS would be able to help, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria they have in place. Contact us today to check if you qualify for a new build heat pump grant.
Contact us today to find out about air source heat pumps and whether they are suitable suitable for your premises. We will put you in touch with expert installers who will help you ascertain which heat pump system is best for your commercial operation and what options are available.
Through our help, you’ll be on the way to saving money, boosting your business’s energy efficiency, and reducing your carbon footprint. Make the first step on the road to a greener future and find out what an air source heat pump system could do for your business.
Why choose air source over a traditional boiler?
Traditional boilers are dependent on gas which is rapidly increasing in cost, making them a more costly option to run.
Heat pumps are a highly efficient, much greener alternative to other forms of heating like gas boilers.