Construction companies asks for additional green home improvement incentives

A survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) of their 10,000 members has revealed that more than 50% of the smaller construction companies believe that the government should introduce a strict set of regulations and incentives to make sure home improvements and extensions are energy efficient.

As a news report in the media has revealed, the FMB says the measures would give a welcome boost to the construction sector. Furthermore, the builders also believe that low-income households – unable to afford retrofitting and therefore unlikely to sign up for the Green Deal – should be given financial support through a publicly funded programme using the proceeds from carbon taxes.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “We believe the Government should re-evaluate the need for a consequential improvements regulation, but only alongside a significant financial incentive for energy efficiency. This could take the form of a reduction in VAT on home renovation and repair, variable stamp duty or variable council tax.”

He called for more to be done to support the ailing Green Deal scheme: “The Green Deal must not be left to fail, which is why additional incentives are needed to increase the number of people who have a Green Deal Assessment and also go on to install the recommended measures.”

HeatingSave is also approved to work and save fuel within the Energy Technology List, which is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of the Government. It is also approved by the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Energy Savings Trust and was specified by the Building Research Establishment for the energy efficient homes retro-fit program, called The Greenhouse Project.

Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to mention that HeatingSave is a component part of the Government’s Green Deal program.

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