What are the benefits of a room in the roof?
Loft conversions remain a popular option for many homeowners, allowing them to extend without taking up valuable garden space. In addition, for most properties the work is considered a permitted development meaning there is no need to go through a lengthy planning permission process. In addition to adding valuable space, Nationwide has estimated that a loft conversion can add around 20% to the value of a property.
The benefits don’t stop there. Around 25% of a home’s heat
is lost through its roof. So, making sure these spaces are properly insulated can make a significant difference. Unlike traditional loft insulation which is typically laid on top of the loft floor, room in the roof insulation is applied to the pitch of the roof, as well as any gable ends, dormers and in some cases dwarf walls. This creates a useable space at the top of the house, which can add value to the property when it is sold or rented, without having to make huge changes to the outside of the property or take any of the garden. This makes them cost-effective and ideal for properties with limited outside space or subject to strict planning laws.
As well as adding an extra room to the house, it is estimated that a better insulated roof can reduce energy bills by up to £240 a year
. This not only means that people can heat their homes for cheaper, but it could potentially help to raise the house’s value by helping it to achieve a higher EPC rating.
Is it worth applying for a Green Homes Grant before carrying out loft conversion?
Yes. Under the Green Homes Grant, homeowners and landlords in England can receive to £5,000 that can be used to cover two thirds of the cost of certain energy efficiency improvements to a property. Customers on low-income may also be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 which will cover 100% of the retrofit costs. One of the improvements covered under the scheme is installing room in the roof insulation.
In order to get a Green Homes Grant, the homeowner will first need to visit the Simple Energy Advice
portal where they can apply for a grant. As a TrustMark business, you will then be able to quote for this work. As the scheme is only set to run until March and is capped, if you have existing or previous customers who are looking to undertake a loft conversion, encourage them to visit the Simple Energy Advice website now.
Keep in mind that if the property is traditionally constructed and protected (typical example is a listed building) then the work has to be carried out by installers certified to PAS 2030:2019 and under the process in PAS 2035:2019. This includes appointing a TrustMark Retrofit Coordinator and creating a 20-30 year improvement plan for the property. Learn more about PAS 2035
Additionally, as the TrustMark installer, you will need to guarantee the room-in-the-roof insulation for 25 years. You can read more about the financial protection requirements in section 10 of the TrustMark Framework Operating Requirements
What can a Green Homes Grant be used for when carrying out a loft conversion?
All the work you quote for under the Green Homes Grant will need to be specifically related to the installation of the insulation and any preparatory work required to get the roof ready. This includes the cost of:
• insulation materials;
• waste removal;
• moisture risk assessments;
• identifying and repairing issues with damp or ventilation;
• structural repairs to support the retrofit; and
• any detail design drawings and calculations.
Aspects of the work which are not covered under the scheme include:
• building surveys and architectural design not related to the retrofit (for example the design of the access staircase);
• any work related to adding new windows within the roof;
• asbestos removal; and
• decoration or structural work not specifically related to the insulation.
You can read more about what is and isn’t covered by a Green Homes Grant here
. By ensuring you only quote for the work covered under the scheme, you should be able to ensure there are no delays once the quote is submitted by the homeowner meaning the project can progress smoothly.