‘Policy must change or 29m homes will not decarbonise’

A coalition of groups have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for government to make it easier for consumers to decarbonise their homes

Builders bash Green Deal-linked building plans

The UK’s building trade body has bashed laws which could mean homeowners have to spend thousands of pounds extra on green home improvements when they extend their homes. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) warns plans from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will be “impractical, unpopular and counterproductive”. Changes to the Government’s “Part […]

Government ‘holds its nerve’ on sustainable planning reforms

Builders and big business are praising the Government for “holding its nerve” on new reforms of the planning system. Yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government brought out its new policy framework, which changes the way developers get permission for building projects. “Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption […]

Green Deal needs to speed up accreditation

The Green Deal needs to speed up its approval of installers to create jobs as soon as possible, according to the UK’s largest trade body in the building sector. The Federation of Master Builders makes the claim as the Government closed its consultation on the energy efficiency scheme yesterday. The Green Deal is due to […]

British firms asked for feedback to help green construction stay one step ahead

Construction firms are being urged to give their views on improving the industry in light of the Government’s Green Deal, to make sure the UK workforce is equipped to face the new challenges required of them in the low carbon economy. CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council, and the Federation of Master […]

Government has failed builders over Green Deal says FMB

The Federation of Master Builders says last week’s Budget “failed to ignite the forthcoming Green Deal programme to retrofit our nation’s homes”. The trade group has attacked George Osborne and the government for not introducing incentives such as a cut in VAT for energy efficient repairs. FMB director general Richard Diment said: “The Chancellor missed […]