Do self builders need a green deal assessment to claim RHI?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 17 October 2013 at 9:55 am
Q: We have had a single new house built for us this year and have an air source heat pump. Naturally we would like to apply for the renewable heat incentive when it comes in next year. You said in your blog of 25 July 2013 that you need a green deal assessment to apply unless you are a self-builder. We have an energy performance certificate and masses of insulation so does that mean we do not have to have any further assessment as I believe we fall into the category of 'self-builder'? Our MCS-certified installer believes that is the case but does say it seems ambiguous.
A: If you have commissioned a builder to build a single house for your own use, you should come under the definition of self-builder for the purposes of the renewable heat incentive (RHI). Because your house is new, and meets current building regulations, it wouldn't make sense to have a green deal assessment.
All you need to claim the RHI is the energy performance certificate (EPC). On this you'll find figures for heat demand for water and space heating. These are the figures you will use to calculate your RHI payments.
As you have an air source heat pump your calculations will be a bit more difficult than those for biomass boilers or solar thermal. Some of the details are still being sorted out, but the following blogs will give you an idea of the thinking behind it.Cathy Debenham
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