The UK Government has published its final plans for the Green Home Grant and missed a huge opportunity to improve the health quality of millions of people across the country, claims a leading air quality campaigner.
Under the plans, Green Homes Grants will give English homeowners – including owner occupiers and social/private landlords – £5,000 – £10,000 vouchers vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls.
But there is nothing for anyone in the rest of the UK or for the increasingly vital topic of air quality.
“Wasted chance to get people healthier, cleaner air”
Raymond McGurk, director of BRS Technology, said: “This is such a missed opportunity, truly wasted, to get healthier, purer clean air to people across the country.
“Areas are continuing to lockdown and people are staying indoors due to weather or working from home, so they are breathing in a lot of the same air hour after hour. Additionally, you have pollutants from the outside seeping indoors. This was a chance to help people in a basic and vital area.
“Air quality is a huge contributing factor to a person’s indoor environment.
“Improved indoor air quality means there is less chance of a house having damp or mould – something that is still a big issue across the UK, across both private and social housing.”
BRS, based in Glasgow but operating across the UK, uses innovative tools, software, machine learning and AI to improve indoor air quality in social housing, private homes and offices across the UK.
The sensors – which detect and predict issues associated with air quality, humidity and dampness amongst other items – work across the Internet of Things (IoT) sending information to the BRS data management system.
Indoor air quality declines in lockdown
McGurk added: “Our sensors and monitoring showed air quality issues rising during the first lockdown as you would expect when people were indoors for prolonged periods.
“It’s sad. It’s a wasted opportunity on two fronts. Everyone is missing out on the potential benefits of improved air quality while Scots, Welsh and Irish won’t even benefit from what is on offer.”