National Grid insulation scheme?

National Grid insulation scheme?

0:03 AM, 3rd May 2023, About 12 months ago 7

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Hello, has anyone had any dealings with any contractors who are applying for government funding for insulation under the National Grid insulation scheme?

I have a flat that is a bit low on insulation. It has been agreed by the surveyor it can be topped up for free and they have put me in touch with the actual company that will be doing the work. This company though are asking me to sign a waiver that stated I waive the statutory 14-day notice for them to carry out the works which seems very odd.

I can’t determine if this is a ‘standard’ thing that every contractor would require signing or otherwise. I have been unable to find the actual funding described on a Google search and wondered it if came under anything else.

Both the eco surveyors and contracting company are legit (have checked them out thoroughly). I was hoping to find someone I could double-check this with as the government state that any contractors are supposed to be registered, but there is no detail on any government site that I can find that back this up!

Thank you,

Reluctant Landlord

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13:10 PM, 3rd May 2023, About 12 months ago

I have had contractors who have installed storage heaters and central heating for benefit tenants on grants where, the contractors have left heaters fully unconnected, carried out work shoddily and there does not seem to be any comeback. I have raised complaints and got nowhere.

I tried to find out if there was any ombudsman one could complain to but to date have not been able to do so.

I know it is all free however, I do not believe that the companies that are licensed to do this type of work should get away with this. The central heating which was installed was supposed to have the pipes run under the floorboards as agreed but on the day, they decided to run it up the walls and through the loft as it was a much easier job. The boiler was also supposed to be a Worcester Bosch, but they fitted an Alpha E-Tec boiler instead although, this was all signed for in the agreement. I was informed that the grant job was £5600 which was quite ridiculous for a 1 bed flat where, I am sure I could have had it done for half the price.

I know the above may not be of help to you but if you waive the statutory 14-day period to do the work, they may come months later or not come at all. It does sound pretty odd to me.

Nicholas Ainger

21:43 PM, 4th May 2023, About 12 months ago

Is this the Connected for Warmth scheme through AgilityEco?
If so I can put you in touch with the project manager.
I was involved in setting it up but have since retired.
It is legitimate but it doesn’t mean that the installers shouldn’t be questioned if in doubt.
The scheme is for loft and/or cavity wall insulation.
Let me know if this is the scheme and I’ll try and help.

Mick Roberts

8:43 AM, 6th May 2023, About 12 months ago

I'd lay off at moment.

I had 48 free boilers fitted in 2013/14
46 free boilers fitted Feb-April 2022.

ECO 4 out now, apparently 86 pieces of paperwork to sign & the intermediaries are packing up, new firms packing up, we gonna' be left with sweaty houses & mould with all this insulation. I suffered the after effects of Condensation when had about 70 houses cavity wall etc. in 2008.

Clint says it all.

We need Govt to recognise this Cowboys are starting up to milk the Govt & tenants & Landlords are left in a mess in 5 years. All Rush Rush Rush beat the Govt deadline or £30,000 fine.

Nicholas Ainger

20:30 PM, 9th May 2023, About 12 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 06/05/2023 - 08:43The scheme I helped set up requires compliance with Building Regulations Part L, Doc F (ventilation).
And there’s a requirement that installers are certificated by a TrustMark scheme provider who will audit installs for compliance.
But I agree, previous insulation schemes may not have had the same level of oversight.

Mick Roberts

8:41 AM, 12th May 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Nicholas Ainger at 09/05/2023 - 20:30
All my recent boiler installations failed every Trustmark inspection.

Nicholas Ainger

8:47 AM, 12th May 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 12/05/2023 - 08:41
Did TrustMark do anything about it?

Mick Roberts

6:26 AM, 15th May 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Nicholas Ainger at 12/05/2023 - 08:47
Excuse my delay, I'm away.

I don't believe so. The odd ones got someone back for a repair.

From 2008, it seems companies set up quick without enough experience and thought to that house needs something future proof as it and tenant and Landlord are gonna be here for a long time.

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