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Call to cut tax on green homes'

CONSTRUCTION experts want greener buildings to benefit from council tax discounts and houses to be rated in the same way as fridges for carbon emissions.

Construction Products Association chief executive Michael Ankers said: 'We propose that households undertaking improvement to their home should be entitled to a three-year discount on the council tax equivalent to their property being dropped by one band.

'A similar temporary council tax reduction applied to new homes built to the high standards set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes would provide a powerful marketing incentive that would encourage house builders to incorporate higher energy efficiency standards in their developments.'

And research body BSRIA chief executive Andrew Eastwell believes houses could soon be rated on emissions in the same way as fridges.

He said: 'It has worked for white goods; you can't buy a fridge these days without a good carbon emissions rating.

'I don't see why we can't do the same with houses.'

Conservative leader David Cameron took a tour of Anderson subsidiary Eco Aggregates' soil washing plant near Welwyn Garden City last week to look at construction waste recycling techniques.