The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS), previously referred to as ECO+, is a government scheme designed to help people insulate their homes.
What is the Great British Insulation Scheme?
The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) is a government scheme to help people insulate their homes, make them more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills. The scheme will launch summer 2023 and run until March 2026.
The £1 billion scheme is predicted to help around 300,000 households across the country with the cost of installing new home insulation and is expected to save consumers around £300 – £400 a year on their bills.*
The scheme works by obligating energy suppliers to assist customers in reducing their heating bills, through the installation of energy efficiency measures, or you may be offered the insulation for a contribution, depending on the measure and any property issues.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Great British Insulation Scheme?
The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) targets two eligibility groups which are the general eligibility group and the low-income group and Social Housing. Please see below to find out more about the requirements for each eligibility group.
General eligibility group
- Council tax bands A-D in England, or;
- Council tax bands A-E in Scotland, or;
- Council tax bands A-E in Wales with a SAP rating of D and below.
Low-income group and Social Housing
- Householders who receive specific benefits (or if in receipt of Child Benefit and are below the equivalised income threshold for the household composition). The following benefits are eligible under the scheme; Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit Savings Credit, and, Child Benefit.
What is covered in the Great British Insulation Scheme?
Below are the primary and secondary measures covered under the Great British Insulation Scheme.
Both eligibility groups will be eligible for the following primary insulation measures:
- Cavity wall insulation (including party walls)
- External/internal/hybrid wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Room-in-roof insulation
- Pitched roof insulation
- Floor insulation
- Park home insulation
- Solid wall insulation
Only households in the low-income eligibility group are eligible for the following secondary measures:
- Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)
- Boiler programmer & room thermostat
Secondary measures are only eligible for installation where an eligible primary insulation measure has first been installed in the same property under the Scheme.
What are the standards for the installation of measures?
Suppliers must ensure that the installation of a measure is carried out in accordance with the relevant standards. The installation under the scheme measure should be carried out:
- By a PAS installer, or under the responsibility of, a person certified to PAS2030:19, and,
- In accordance with relevant positions of PAS 2030:2019, PAS2035:2019 building regulations and any other applicable regulations, and,
- Measures must be installed by, or under the responsibility of, a relevant TrustMark registered installer and received a TrustMark certification of lodgement.
Please note: the information on this page could change over time therefore we recommend you do your own research to ensure you are satisfied.