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Great British Insulation Scheme

Enhance your home’s energy efficiency with funding from the Great British Insulation Scheme.

The goal of the Great British Insulation Scheme (or GBIS) is to enhance energy efficiency in homes across the United Kingdom, significantly reducing utility bills. Zing Energy is committed to ensuring you get the most out of this scheme at a minimal cost.

We offer a complete service from initial survey to grant funding through to installation and aftercare. All you need to do is apply online and our team will provide you with personalised support to help you take advantage of GBIS.

  • Helping property owners since 2014
  • Thousands of grants and subsidies for UK customers
  • Workmanship guaranteed for 12 months
  • Qualified, accredited and insured

Accessing ‘GBIS’ without the hassle

As great as a large government scheme like the Great British Insulation Scheme is, accessing it can be difficult.

Homeowners and landlords will have to wade through paperwork and applications before they can get the support they need. You’ll have to work out if your home is eligible, considering both your property and your personal circumstances. After this, you need to find accredited contractors who are approved to carry out the work on the scheme in question.

Thankfully – it doesn’t have to be this difficult. With Zing Energy, you get a comprehensive service that covers every aspect of this process!

Our experienced team can manage all stages of GBIS, including installation. This means you’ll get all the necessary funding and home improvements without any difficulty. We’ll take care of all the applications and send qualified technicians, assessors and coordinators as you require.

What is the Great British Insulation Scheme?

The Great British Insulation Scheme is a nationwide initiative that has been designed to tackle energy inefficiency across the UK. Aiming to reduce bills and carbon emissions, its overriding goal is to improve overall living conditions by assisting in the installation of better insulation.

In short, GBIS offers a financial incentive to support homeowners, landlords and tenants to upgrade their properties. This includes:

The hope is that by enhancing insulation levels, homes will retain more heat during the colder months of the year. This means there will be less reliance on heating and cooling systems nationwide.

GBIS is widely accessible, providing various forms of assistance, such as:

  • Grants
  • Subsidies
  • Low-interest loans

The scheme is also linked with many local authorities, energy companies and accredited installers to ensure a smooth implementation of new insulation projects

Am I eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme?

Before continuing with the application process, it’s important to understand if you are eligible for the benefits offered by the Great British Insulation Scheme. Here is a short breakdown of the eligibility criteria and requirements:

  1. 1

    Council Tax Band & EPC Rating

  2. 2

    In receipt of certain benefits

‘GBIS’ requirements explained

Residency status: GBIS extends its benefits to homeowners, landlords and tenants who own or occupy residential properties in the United Kingdom. It covers houses, flats and other eligible dwellings – see below.

Property type: The scheme covers a wide range of property types. Keep in mind that your eligibility may vary depending on the construction type and age of your property. The property types covered include:

  • Detached houses
  • Semi-detached houses
  • Terraced houses
  • Flats
  • Bungalows

Energy efficiency: To qualify for incentives and funding under GBIS, your property will usually have to meet minimum energy efficiency standards.

Generally, you are likely to get support if your home has an energy performance certificate of D to G. Energy performance certificates (EPC) are issued depending on many factors within your home that contribute to overall energy performance. You can find out your property’s EPC by using the Government website.

Accredited installation: In many cases, your participation in GBIS requires the involvement of an accredited installer or contractor. These will need to meet certain quality and certification requirements. Working with a set of approved professionals means that any installation will adhere to industry standards.

Financial circumstances: While GBIS is a scheme designed to make insulation affordable for all – some financial assistance may be means-tested. This means that they are targeted toward specific demographics such as low-income households.

GBIS is typically available for council tax bands from A-D in England. In Scotland and Wales, it’s A-E.

When you apply

When applying you will need some simple details to check if you are eligible for support under this scheme. You’ll need to provide:

  • Your total household income
  • Your email address and phone number
  • The types of benefits that you or anyone living in the property receive

Does your home need new insulation?

Working out whether your home needs new insulation is an important starting point. We’re going to outline some tell-tale signs that your home may benefit from insulation upgrades.

High energy bills: If you notice a significant increase in your heating bills, this is a sign that your home is losing heat during the colder months of the year.

Uneven temperatures: Are certain rooms in your home noticeably colder or warmer than others? This is an indication that you have inadequate insulation. Proper insulation will help to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home.

Condensation and moisture: Another obvious sign of inefficient insulation is excessive condensation. This might be on your windows, walls or ceilings. It can lead to excessive moisture buildup which can create mould growth.

Old insulation: You might already know that your insulation is out of date. Insulation can become damaged or deteriorate over time. This will reduce the materials’ ability to retain heat over time.

Ice dams: During the coldest months of the year, ice dams are a possibility. These can form along the eaves of your roof during winter and are a sign of poor attic insulation.

The benefits of modern insulation methods

Here are some of the benefits of modern insulation materials and techniques. Adding these to your home can help save you money and make your home much more comfortable, especially during periods of extreme weather.

  • Improved energy efficiency: This one goes without saying! Modern insulation materials, like spray foam insulation, rigid foam boards or reflective barriers, will each help to provide thermal resistance. This will reduce energy consumption for both heating and cooling. In short – you’ll end up with much lower utility bills.
  • Air quality: Many modern insulation materials are designed to be non-toxic and resistant to mould, mildew or pests. They achieve this by sealing air leaks and preventing moisture buildup.
  • Noise reduction: Outside of temperature control, many insulation materials can help to reduce noise throughout your home. Many modern insulation materials can absorb sound, helping to create a more peaceful indoor environment.
  • Durability: Modern insulation materials are designed to last. With a scheme like GBIS, you’ll find that you will get long-lasting performance and protection for your property.

Why choose Zing Energy to help with your ‘GBIS’ application and installation?

A scheme like GBIS is a surefire way to make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable. To get the most out of this scheme, you’ll need an accredited installer. So, what is it that sets Zing Energy apart for property owners in England and Wales?

  • Fully managed GBIS applications

    With a history of helping clients across the UK, our knowledgeable experts will guide you through the GBIS process without hassle. From initial survey to fitting and aftercare, we provide tailored support on every step of the journey.

  • Experienced at saving energy

    At Zing Energy, our mission is to help you save energy! With a decade of experience helping customers to access the benefits of energy-saving schemes – you will join thousands of happy customers.

  • Registered insulation installer

    Our team is made up of certified insulation technicians and retrofit coordinators. This means you’ll get precision installation while prioritising the safety and integrity of your property. We are accredited by reputable organisations such a CHAS, SafeContractor and Trustmark.

  • High quality insulation products

    Product quality matters. At Zing Energy, we only work with the best materials to provide maximum energy efficiency for your home. Let us do the hard work, hand-picking the best insulation for your property.

  • Fully accredited and insured

    If you choose us, you’ll enjoy a 12-month guarantee – plus manufacturer’s warranties from 2-10 years. If you have any issues afterwards, we’ll be on hand to help. We are also fully insured to set your mind at ease.

Apply for the Great British Installation Scheme with Zing Energy

At Zing Energy, our mission is to help make schemes like GBIS more accessible! To get started contact our friendly team at leads@wearezing.com if you need more guidance. We look forward to hearing from you.

How our process works



We will Survey your property



Check if you qualify for a Grant



Install energy saving solutions



Reducing your energy bills

Great British Insulation Scheme FAQs

To qualify for GBIS, you will need to have insulation materials installed by an accredited professional. They will need to meet certain standards. DIY installations are not eligible for GBIS incentives.

Modern insulation materials can last several decades. The goal of GBIS (as well as accredited installers like us at Zing Energy) is to create insulation systems that keep homes insulated for years to come.

The duration of the GBIS application process can vary depending on a few external factors, including:

  • The current volume or applications
  • Administrative procedures
  • Eligibility verification
  • Any issues with provided information

At Zing Energy, we are here to make this process as fast as possible. While we can’t control how quickly your GBIS will be approved, we will make sure all information is correct to make the process as fast as possible.

The cost of insulation can vary depending on the specifics of the project in question. Keep in mind that GBIS includes financial incentives and subsidies to offset the cost of insulation installations, providing your property is eligible.

GBIS is administered by Ofgem. As of July 25th, 2023, large and medium-sized energy suppliers have legal obligations to take part in the scheme. Keep in mind that there are specific requirements, so not every energy supplier will be required to take part. If you want to learn more, you can contact our support team for more detailed information.

Without detailed information, we can’t be sure if your GBIS grant or subsidies will be approved. This is why we conduct initial, no-obligation surveys to determine whether you will be eligible.

Yes! Tenants may be eligible to apply for GBIS, but certain conditions may apply. Landlords will need to consent to insulation installations and you may need to meet additional requirements as a tenant.

At Zing Energy, we have helped thousands of customers across the UK with other related grants. Get in contact with us for help with room in roof insulation grants, external wall insulation grants, internal wall insulation grants and more!

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