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Quarter of small builders 'to get involved with Green Deal'

Just over one-quarter of small to medium-sized builders across the UK plan to get involved with the government's newest energy efficiency initiative the Green Deal, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

According to the FMB's findings, 27 per cent of small builders plan to become accredited to carry out Green Deal property renovations. However, this figure could be significantly increased if the government was to make the application and accreditation process more straightforward.

"Trusted local trades are ready and willing to help homeowners fit energy-saving measures such as double-glazing and insulation," commented FMB chief executive Brian Berry.

"However, many have expressed frustration that it is not easy for smaller firms to get involved in Green Deal work and that there hasn't been a marketing campaign to explain to householders what the Green Deal is all about."

Launched on Monday (January 28th), the Green Deal offers homeowners a range of low-interest loans linked to their property - not themselves - to carry out a number of energy-saving improvements to their home.

Measures available as part of the initiative include the installation of additional drylining insulation, loft and cavity wall insulation, updated heating systems and access to the latest in sustainable technologies, such as solar photovoltaics and ground/air-source heat pumps.

Only accredited installers are able to fit these green measures utilising the Green Deal and it is for this reason the FMB wishes to see a loosening of bureaucracy concerning their appointment.

Earlier this month, the FMB called on the government to give greater support to the UK's construction sector, claiming the industry will play a key role in helping to rebuild the nation's economy over the coming years.

Mr Berry noted that Westminster must meet the building sector halfway and come up with imaginative new ways to help companies grow, especially as many of the mainstream schemes currently in operation are targeted at larger developers. 

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