Green Homes Grant scheme ends prematurely – what now for contractors working in retrofit?

Submitted by birgit on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 11:28

You’ll most likely have the heard the news that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme has ended a year earlier than expected.

On Saturday 27 March the government announced the withdrawal of the Green Homes Grant, its flagship £1.5bn programme to retrofit 600,000 homes in England. The scheme closed to new applications on 31 March after failing to meet a fraction of its target.

Surveyor Employment Opportunity - Eco Tiffin

Submitted by Richard on Thu, 03/25/2021 - 11:05

TGR Member "Eco Tiffin" are seeking a Building / Quantity Surveyor to join their team ASAP. 

This individual should have comprehensive knowledge of moisture & energy efficiency in older (pre 1990) and heritage buildings, be able to produce professional reports and specifications based on assessment and observations, and be experienced at pricing refurbishment projects.

Very good salary for the right person.


The Green Register is now an IHBC Registered CPD Provider

Submitted by Tess S on Wed, 02/17/2021 - 16:04

We're excited to announce that we are now registered with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation as a CPD provider! You can check out our listing on their website.  

"The IHBC ‘recognises’ organisations for their ability and consistency in producing training, seminars, and events that are capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of a Full Member of the Institute."

 As an added bonus, members of the IHBC get 10% off Green Register courses. 

Futureproof Skills & Certification Programme Launched

Submitted by Tess S on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 15:37

We're excited to announce that we have launched our Futureproof Skills & Certification programme. We are offering 100 funded places to businesses wishing to undertake retrofit training, certify in PAS2030:19 and become Trustmark registered.  These are essential requirements for contractors to access Green Homes Grant voucher scheme and ECO funded works. An additional 200 training places are available for contractors from the same company and there are a further 50 discounted training places for contractors who are currently unemployed. 


Future Plymouth 2030 Series

Submitted by Tess S on Fri, 12/11/2020 - 14:01

The Future Plymouth 2030: Climate Emergency in the Built Environment webinar series is running for the rest of 2020 and have some great webinars lined up! Open to all Plymouth RIBA members, these sessions "intend to discuss collaborative journeys required to achieve reduced carbon development, presenting some of the tools necessary to realise a sustainable city and help to define a better path for a viable future for Plymouth."

Upcoming webinars:

#2 Plymouth & South West Climate Issues - November 18th

#3 Embodied Energy and Whole Life Carbon - December 2nd

20th Anniversary - Message from TGR Director Lucy

Submitted by Tess S on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:45

Twenty years ago The Green Register (TGR) was conceived at my kitchen table after months and months of mulling over an idea I'd had to create an independent, sustainable building training organisation.

I had identified three issues I wanted to address, that is to provide:

- unbiased technical information;

- a register of professionals committed to sustainable building available to potential clients;

- a network for like minded people who could support each other and share ideas.

Ascent Architecture - Elgin Park Case Study

Submitted by Tess S on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:52

It’s a single story rear extension to a handsome early Victorian semi-detached villa in Elgin Park, Redland. The extension contains a garden sitting and a dining area and extends back into the existing kitchen which has been refurbished and re-planned, as well as its external openings enlarged to a single opening, in order for the space to flow into the extension.

The extension is very much influenced by principles learned from TGR seminars over the years. Whilst it is not built to Passivhaus principles, it does incorporate:

- High levels of insulation: