Builders resurrect call for green home improvement incentives

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. 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 […]

Builders demand Budget for energy efficiency

The next Budget should include measures to make Britain’s homes more energy-efficient and boost the construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned the Chancellor in a letter. Chancellor George Osborne is due to deliver his Budget for 2013 on 20 March, he told Parliament back in December. The FMB says the economic […]

Builders bemoan delay to Green Deal

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme partially kicked off this week to little fanfare, with builders claiming a delay to the Green Deal will hinder economic growth while major retailers held off joining until it proved a success. Homeowners could begin registering with the scheme on Monday, which won’t fully open until next spring. Companies […]

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 […]