Flanders launches DIY roof insulation programme

Flanders launches DIY roof insulation programme
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One of Flemish Energy Minister Zuhal Demir's additional energy measures is that DIYers who install roof insulation in their own homes before May 2023 can call on a temporary new support programme from the Flemish government, said the Demir in a press release.

As 30% of a home's heat is lost when the roof is not insulated, renovation companies have experienced a huge rush resulting in waiting times. Consequently, more and more Flemish people are falling back on their own talents and choosing to install roof insulation themselves. To ensure that these DIYers do not miss out on the My Renovation Premium ('MijnVerbouwPremie' in Dutch) which only applies to those using a contractor, Demir introduced the temporary programme.

Larger group in middle class supported

Handymen who install roof insulation or attic floor insulation in their own homes may be eligible for a temporary premium. This temporary premium must be applied for and paid by Fluvius, which will soon announce more details.

The temporary premium will apply to bills between 1 July 2022 and 30 April 2023 and will in principle be €6/m², stated the press release. Full details from the government will be communicated through the Flemish Energy and Climate Agency next week.

To give a larger group of the middle class more support for their renovations, the income limits of the My Renovation Premium will be increased. The group of people eligible for 50% support on their remodelling (with a maximum of €25,000) will be extended to a larger section of the middle class, as the income limit will be increased by 10%. The new counter for the Premium opens tomorrow.

"Since the launch of the My Renovation Loan (MijnVerbouwLening in Dutch) on 1 September, our Energy Houses in Flanders have been overwhelmed with questions about home renovation." said Demir in the press release. "More than 2,000 loan applications have already been submitted."

On 1 October, the My Renovation Premium will be added to that number. To ensure that waiting times are kept to a minimum, over 17 million euros will be provided to reinforce the Energy Houses until 2024, doubling their capacity to help and relieve anyone with questions about renovating and insulating.

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Demir foresees more than €305 million for all the additional energy measures, on top of the billion euros in renovation policies already ready for the budget talks.

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