Great British Insulation Scheme - eligibility criteria

Hello all, 

We applied via the Great British Insulation Scheme and was surprised that were might be eligible for some funding and so continued with the application. Our supplier is EDF Energy. 

I had a call today from the local supplier doing the installation and they asked me these questions right from the start: 

Do you have an extractor fan leading to the outdoors in your bathroom, kitchen, utility room and any other toilets and bathrooms in the property?

If you answer 'No' to any of these questions, they will refuse to send a surveyor around and your application is considered closed.

The representative was extremely empathetic and agreed that this 'new' criteria meant that around 90% of applicants were not eligible. 

I enquired why none of the questions were about my loft space, which is where we need the insulation, and she replied, "This is a new process, and they want to know this first."

Has anyone else had this with their application? I cannot understand why having an extractor fan or cooker hood that leads to the outside would impact any surveyor's decision on whether or not my property is eligible for the scheme. 

Screams of being a new scam for the government to avoid paying out as part of the scheme. 

I am genuinely interested to know how this is going to help people to utilise the scheme and provide more energy efficient homes as per the government's promises. 

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  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,304
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    edited 8 December 2023 at 10:29AM
    I’d fail as well then. No extractor fans any where although there is an air vent thing which I can’t get to do anything about under the bathroom floorboards, and my cooker hood is on an inside wall.
    And as a Victorian terrace, mine probably needs all the help it can get.

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    It does seem rather strange that this criteria has come in very recently. It will definitely be a barrier for a lot of people.
  • Teapot55
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    We benefited from a government scheme about ten years ago and got top-up insulation in our loft and little grey polystyrene beads in our cavity walls. 

    Our house (terraced) is definitely warmer. 

    However because of condensation this time of year we have had to buy a dehumidifier which we use most days. In the mornings we also have to ‘hoover’ our lovely, recently-purchased double-glazed windows with a window vac. 

    While we nearly always dry our washing outside, we also don’t have any fans to the outside or any sort of cooker hood. They are high on the list, mind you. 

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    NNCVGal said: I had a call today from the local supplier doing the installation and they asked me these questions right from the start: 

    Do you have an extractor fan leading to the outdoors in your bathroom, kitchen, utility room and any other toilets and bathrooms in the property?

    If you answer 'No' to any of these questions, they will refuse to send a surveyor around and your application is considered closed.
    Got an extractor in the kitchen, but not in the bathroom. As for a utility room, that would depend very much on how such a thing is defined. The need for adequate ventilation falls under part F of the Building Regulations and insulation would be subject to part L. So when the installers are making thermal improvements, they should be ensuring ventilation is up to standard. Surprised they don't ask about trickle vents as that would exclude a few more households.
    Although I would qualify on a couple of grounds, I'd fall foul of the ventilation requirement (if there is such a thing) and the EPC (never had one).
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