What home improvements are eligible for the Green Deal?

It’s quite an ambitious target when you think about it. Retrofit around 14 million of Britain’s cold, leaky and draughty houses by 2020, transforming them into warm, cosy energy efficient abodes which don’t cost the earth and then some to heat.

If you’re living in a property that leaks heat, is badly insulated and costs a fortune to keep warm, or perhaps you simply want to transform your home by giving it a bit of an energy efficiency makeover, then the Green Deal could well be just the ticket for you. And now for the best bit, the icing on the cake if you like… you won’t have to find the money upfront to get the work done.

And by work we mean those specifically chosen home improvement measures which the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has deemed key to their revolutionary retrofit home insulation project and eligible for Green Deal financing.

It’s the responsibility of an accredited Green Deal assessor to determine which home improvements would be most beneficial, bearing in mind that any estimated savings must be equal to or more than the costs attached to the home owner’s electricity bill. Work must be undertaken by approved Green Deal installers and it’s the responsibility of the household’s energy provider to collect the Green Deal charge.

The chosen ones – 45 eligible home improvements

As part of the Green Deal, the Government has established a list of 45 measures which can be implemented by Green Deal adopters to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. They fall into five specific categories: heating, ventilation and air conditioning; building fabric; microgeneration; lighting and water heating.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

Cylinder thermostats
District heating
Fan assisted replacement storage heaters
Flue gas heat recovery
Gas-fired condensing boilers
Heating controls (for wet central heating systems and warm air systems)
Heating ventilation and air conditioning controls (inc. zoning controls)
Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
Oil-fired condensing boilers
Radiant heating
Variable speed drives for fans and pumps
Warm-air units

Building fabric

Cavity wall insulation
Draught proofing
Duct insulation
External wall insulation systems
High performance external doors
Internal wall insulation (of external walls) systems
Loft or rafter insulation
Replacement glazing
Roof insulation
Room in roof insulation
Sealing improvements (inc. duct sealing)
Secondary glazing
Underfloor heating
Underfloor insulation
Variable speed drives for fans and pumps


Air source heat pumps
Biomass boilers
Biomass room heaters
Ground source heat pumps
Micro CHP
Micro wind generation
Solar PV
Solar water heating
Solar blinds, shutters and shading devices
Transpired solar collectors
Water source heat pumps

Lighting & water heating

Hot water showers (efficient)
Hot water systems (efficient)
Hot water taps (efficient)
Hot water controls (inc. timers and temperature control)
Hot water cylinder insulation
Lighting systems, fittings and controls (inc. roof lights, lamps and luminaries) – non domestic only
Waste water heat recovery devices attached to showers

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