Great Britain: Big Run on Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Building Programme
 Great Britain: Big Run on Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Building Programme

Great Britain: Big Run on Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Building Programme

Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in Great Britain focuses on larger solar thermal systems. Since July 2009, this has meant an approval of 250 applications for them. It, however, has not been clear yet how many of these systems will actually be realized.
Source: BRE

On 1 July 2009, the Low Carbon Buildings Programme’s (LCBP) Phase 2 was extended until the 1st of April 2011, in order to continue with the provision of grant funds to charitable organisations, community groups and the public sector. An extra budget of Pound Sterling (GBP) 21 million was made available for microgeneration technologies, including solar thermal, biomass boilers and heat pumps. The Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 (LCBP2) has been in effect since December 2006, reaching a total budget of GBP 50 million.

Technology type

Applications approved since 1st of July 2009 Total budget GBP Grants claimed Total of grants paid GBP
Solar Thermal Hot Water2503,099,065422,018
Ground Source Heat Pumps2736,185,7936123,551
Automated Wood Pellet Stoves12,85912,856
Wood Fuelled Boiler Systems476,30618,673

Statistics of the Low Carbon Building Phase 2 Program since its extension in July 2009.

The table above shows the grant applications approved, as well as grants claimed since July 2009. It is obvious that there is a high interest in the grand scheme since more than 528 applications have been addressed to the programme organisers at BRE (former Building Research Establishment) in only 7 months. “We currently have a waiting list for solar thermal, as it is a very popular technology. We have recently received many applications and they have to be dealt with on a first-come first-served basis,” explains LCBP2E (Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 Extended) Programme Administrator Julia Thomas.

What is a bit surprising, however, is the fact that only 4 grants have been paid so far. One reason for it: Applicants have one year to realise the installation after receiving the approval for a grant. The second reason: People were aware of the fact the programme should have come to an end last summer and now want to reserve their piece of the cake within the new limited budget. Statistics later this year will show how many applicants will have ultimately invested and actually realised the ecological heating system they had asked a grant for.

To promote the programme even further, BRE is holding events in cooperation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), at which organisations can get useful advice about the application process for receiving a grant, including microgeneration technologies and installations, as well as other advice about energy output and the potential of reducing carbon emissions and energy bills. They also provide opportunities to learn about the upcoming Feed Tariffs, which will be introduced in April 2010.

Further Information:

Text was written by communication specialist Hanna Schober based in South Africa.

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme’s Phase 2 was extended in July 2009 for another one and a half years, up to 1 April 2011. The programme includes a grant scheme for charitable organisations, community groups and the public sector, which like to install microgeneration technologies.

Highly appreciated by British organisations, it has a waiting list for solar thermal applications because of the high popularity of the technology. Only 4 application grants for solar thermal installation have been paid out until now because BRE has received only 4 claims so far.


Country / region  

Great Britain


Name of programme  Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) Phase 2


Type of incentive  Rebate


Eligible technologies  Solar thermal systems and all other renewable technologies


Applicable sectors  The in July 2009 extended programme will continue to provide grant funding to charitable organisations, community groups and the public sector. 
Amount / maximum incentive  200,000 Pound Sterling (GBP) or 50 % of the relevant eligible costs (whichever is the lower) 
Requirements for system   Solar Thermal Hot Water up to 300 kW


Requirements for installation  Approved installers supply only certified products ( and/or (
Finance provider  Building Research Establishment (BRE)
Trust Companies


Total funds  21 million GBP for a wide range of energy saving measures and renewable energy technologies (Phase 2)


Funding source  Public funds


Effective date  Originally started in December 2006, extension since July 2009
Expiration date  Heating only applications can be made throughout 2010 but applicants will have to claim their grant by the end of February 2011.

Expiration date of the LCBP 2: 1st April 2011




Last review of this tabloid  February 2010


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Baerbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is Founder and Director of the German communication and market research agency solrico and editor-in-chief of