Green Homes Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for the government’s Green Homes Grant, available to homeowners in England, can be made from today (30 September 2020) via the dedicated website.

Crucially, the work must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Tradespeople can also use the site to register their interest in undertaking work generated by uptake of the grant.

The government has also announced plans to upgrade the energy efficiency of privately-rented homes by 2028, and £50 million will be spent to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in England.

Here’s a summary of how the scheme works and how you might benefit, along with details of measures for those living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Government goes for green

In July, chancellor Rishi Sunak used his summer economic statement to unveil £3 billion of support to fund a ‘green recovery’ following the economic downturn triggered by coronavirus.

He said £1.5 billion

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BBVA USA launches milestone green commercial real estate loan throughout its footprint

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HOUSTON, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
HOUSTON, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BBVA USA has launched a sustainability-focused commercial real estate loan for clients across its footprint, marking a milestone in the bank’s new 5-year strategic plan implemented in January 2020. 

The loan is designed to help small business owners with closing costs related to the purchase of commercial real estate, provided the property meets certain environmental sustainability standards. The loan is another step the bank is taking in support of the second pillar of its strategic plan – focusing on aligning business efforts with economic, social and environmental sustainability.

“This product underscores both the economic and environmental concepts of the bank’s strategic plan,” said BBVA USA Small- to Medium-Enterprises Network Executive Elizabeth Dobers. “It helps small business owners build their business portfolio with savings

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