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Housebuilders should welcome green moves

You wait for ages for a green deal and then two come along at once. As Construction News’ Jack Sidders reports this week, the government plans to introduce new incentives for housebuilders to build more zero-carbon homes.

It is expected to claim that by allowing a mix of onsite and offsite technology, the cost of delivering this level of carbon performance could be as low as £4,000 per
home - much lower than most previous estimates. The key will be making those costs transparent to the general public.

Cost - and certainty of cost - has always been the big issue for zero-carbon homes and driving down the price of delivering carbon reduction has been a common subject for Paul Morrell’s speeches.

This move should be welcomed by housebuilders as a further boost after the Budget earlier this month and a foil to those who criticised George Osborne’s statements on the definition of zero carbon.

What the suppliers need if this market is going to really take off are clear agreements among local authorities (councils will find ambiguity and uncertainty given half a
chance) which can provide contractors with the confidence to invest.

That will lead to concrete work opportunities - just the sort of project leads that we feature every week in our new-look contract leads section, which now includes contact details for all the latest planning approvals, tenders and contract awards. Enjoy.

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