More than half of all small building firms think the government should introduce regulations and financial incentives to make sure home improvements and extensions are energy efficient, writes Energy Live News.
That’s according to a survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) of their 10,000 members. The FMB says the measures would give a welcome boost to the construction sector.
A government plan to make sure home improvements were ‘green’ floundered earlier this year after being confusingly nicknamed the ‘conservatory tax’ in the press despite little mention of conservatories.
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.”