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Air Source Heat Pump Grants New Build

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Are There ASHP Grants For New Builds?

Most new builds will be energy efficient enough to not require grant support for air source heat pumps (or ASHPs). However, self build properties may be eligible for certain schemes despite being a new build.

Really, air source heat pump grants for new build properties don’t exist. Instead the grants and schemes on offer target a wide range of properties based on factors such as household income and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings.

This could apply to a new build property if the EPC rating isn’t as high as it ought to be, though, so find out which grants might be appropriate for you and your property.

UK Grants For Air Source Heat Pumps

With so many grants and schemes out there, it can be confusing trying to figure out which ones apply to you and your property. But don’t worry, as eco grant experts and air source heat pump installers, we know a thing or two about the different funding options available.

We can also tell you whether air source heat pumps or ground source heat pumps are right for your home. We’ll take a look at both options to ensure the air or ground source heat pump you end up with is the right replacement for your gas boiler.

If you’re still unsure if you can qualify for air source heat pump grants for new build properties, then contact us today. A member of our team will be able to talk you through the different options that are open to you.

Benefits Of ASHPs

There are a number of reasons why you might consider an air source heat pump installation, but the benefits they bring can certainly be the largest reason of all. ASHPs will bring the following benefits your way:

  • They’re a greener way to heat your home compared to the average gas boiler
  • They are built to last
  • A method of both heating and cooling
  • Very little in the way of maintenance
  • Simple to install with the right installers
  • Could save you money on your energy bills each month
  • Grants are available to help pay for them
  • Usable all year round in the UK

Air Source Heat Pump Grant List

How Eco Grants Can Help

Working with ZOA Eco Grants means you can find out exactly which government grants for air source heat pumps are right for you and your property. This is especially important for new build properties, as starting from 2025, the Future Homes Standard (FHS) comes into effect, meaning all new builds must have a low carbon heating system installed, such as air source heat pumps.

With that said, only certain new builds are appropriate for support in most cases, because the FHS means that developers should already be moving towards low carbon heating systems, meaning new home owners won’t need to make an application to one of the schemes we’ll discuss below. Some new builds will receive support, though, so it’s worth learning about air source heat pump grants just in case.

Confused? Don’t be. If you want to make the whole process even simpler, just fill out our quick form to speak with a member of our team who can advise you about which grants you might be eligible for.

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What Is The Boiler Upgrade Scheme For Air Source Heat Pumps?

The first grant that might be relevant to you as a homeowner of a new build property is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant, or BUS.
Although recently extended to 2028, with some changes to the amount of support on offer, the guidance hasn’t changed when it comes to new build properties.

New build properties are not eligible for BUS support, except for self build properties that have been built using the resources of the first owner and that have never been used for business purposes.

It’s important to note you also can’t get a grant for a hybrid heat pump system (using a gas boiler and an ASHP) under this scheme.

This then begs the question – how new is ‘new build’? If you’re unsure if you might qualify, contact us today. There could be £7,500 towards the cost of your air source heat pump on the line for homeowners in England and Wales, so it’s worth checking if you are eligible.

What Is The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The RHI is an example of another government scheme aimed at offering efficient heating systems to homes with poor EPC ratings and higher than average energy bills. It, however, is no longer available and stopped taking new applications in March 2022 before the Boiler Upgrade Scheme launched in April to replace it.

Changes To The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

It was announced in September 2023, that the BUS would be extended until 2028 and support for air source heat pumps (ASHPs) would increase from £5,000 to £7,500. The changes came into effect on the 23rd October 2023.

BUS Eligibility Criteria

You’ll qualify for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme if you:

  • live in England or Wales AND
  • are a homeowner AND
  • are replacing an old fossil fuel heating system

 

In addition, your property is only eligible if:

  • it has a valid EPC with no outstanding recommendations for either loft insulation or cavity wall insulation (as heat pumps require a well insulated home to work efficiently)
  • is NOT a new build property (with the exception of new build self build properties as mentioned above)

 

BUS is probably the easiest to apply to if you’re looking for an air source heat pump grant, but you’ll need to check if your property is eligible as a new build. You might have better luck with one of the other schemes.

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What Is ECO4 For Air Source Heat Pumps?

ECO4 (Energy Company Obligation) focuses on offering support to low income households living in energy inefficient homes.

There aren’t any stipulations regarding new build properties for ECO4, but the chances of a new build property qualifying for ECO4 could be slim due to the fact that most developers and builders are already building homes with the Future Home Standard in mind, meaning their EPC ratings ought to be high.

However, with £4 billion in support on offer, it’s worth checking if you might qualify for support with ECO4. The scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales, and grant support is decided based on household income, the energy efficiency measures required, and the total cost of those measures.

ECO4 Restrictions Relating To ASHPs

It’s also worth noting that ECO4 will prioritise other energy efficiency measures above ASHPs such as cavity wall, loft, or roof insulation which are all much cheaper to install and have an excellent effect on a home’s EPC rating.

Since ECO4 uses a whole-house approach, your installers will need to carry out an on site assessment to determine which measures you could benefit from. An ASHP might be towards the bottom of this list, but you could certainly still qualify for support if it’s deemed necessary, so it’s worth knowing the eligibility criteria below:

ECO4 Eligibility Criteria

ECO4 aims to target low income and vulnerable households in the worst performing homes in terms of energy efficiency (measured with EPC ratings) in England, Scotland and Wales. The eligibility criteria relates to:

  • Households with an annual income of £30,000 or below AND
  • Households living in homes with an EPC rating of D or below

 

One of the main ways scheme operators can measure your eligibility is through:

  • The government benefit you or someone in your household receives
  • Being in receipt of Child Benefit (with a household income below a certain threshold)

Child Benefit Household Income Thresholds

If you are in receipt of Child Benefit, and have an annual household income below the amounts in the table, then you should qualify for support under ECO4.

Number Of ChildrenOne Parent HouseholdTwo Parent Household
1£19,900£27,500
2£24,800£32,300
3£29,600£37,200
4+£34,500£42,000

Qualifying Government Benefits

  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee 
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credits 
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings

How Can LA Flex Help With Getting Me An Air Source Heat Pump?

LA Flex targets the same households and properties as ECO4, meaning a new build property could still qualify for support provided it is poorly performing in terms of energy efficiency. The main difference between the two schemes is that LA Flex affords local authorities and councils more flexibility in terms of who they can offer support to, so they can target their support to the houses and households in their area that really need it.

Who Is Eligible For LA Flex Support?

If you’re somebody who is living in a property (either new build or not) that has an EPC rating of D or below and an annual combined household income under £31,000 per year, then you should qualify for support with LA Flex. You’ll also be considered if you:

  • Have health issues that can be worsened by living in an energy inefficient home
  • Are considered vulnerable, or someone in your home is
  • Are struggling with your finances

Why You Should Work With Eco Grants

Eco Grants, powered by ZOA Energy Solutions, was created as a space for our customers to benefit from the industry knowledge we’ve acquired over the years as eco home improvement installers. Grants and schemes are often seen as confusing for our customers, but we make the whole process simple.

Work with us, and we’ll make sure you receive the funding you’re entitled to, and then carry out your ASHP installation, too.

And all you need to do? Fill out a quick form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!

Air Source Heat Pump Grants New Build FAQs:

As you might have guessed from the answers we’ve provided above, new build properties can add some complexities to the matter when it comes to applying for different grants for air source heat pumps.

Since new build properties, even now, are being built with the 2025 guidance for the Future Home Standard (FHS) in mind, EPC ratings are already pretty high in new builds and therefore grant support for new builds aren’t always necessary.

In fact, the BUS specifically rules out new build properties for grant support, unless that new build property is a self build.

Contact Eco Grants today to see if you qualify for support for your ASHP.

Qualifying for a completely free air source heat pump is unlikely, but not impossible. With ECO4, you might qualify for a free ASHP. However, as we stated above, other energy efficiency measures will be considered before an ASHP.

If necessary, though, an ASHP may be offered to improve your home’s EPC rating if other measures such as cavity wall insulation or other energy efficiency measures prove unsuccessful.

If the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is the more applicable grant to you, then you’ll receive £7,500 towards the cost of your air source heat pump so long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Whilst this won’t mean you’ll receive a free ASHP, it is a significant saving.

No. The grant support you receive for your ASHP, whether it’s through ECO4, LA Flex, or the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will never need to be repaid. These are not loans. They’re grants that are on offer to homeowners who are looking to switch to a greener way of heating their home.