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SMEs push for energy regs delay

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LEADERS of a new lobbying body for smaller house builders are calling on the Government to delay changes to building energy efficiency regulations.

The National Federation of Builders has set up the Housebuilders Association to represent more than 800 firms among its membership.

Former House Bu ilders Federation chief executive Roger Humber will head the group, which is calling for a delay in the introduction of Part L of the Building Regulations while problems with software to support the rules are ironed out.

Mr Humber said: 'Our first campaign will be to lobby Government for a delay in the int roduct ion of Par t L.

'The Government appears to be insensitive to the fact that the late arrival of the software to calculate ratings will leave insufficient time to prepare.

'We will be calling for a meeting so we can voice members' concerns that once again the Government has not listened to the needs of the SME house builder before implementing policy.' Changes to Part L were set to be introduced in January but are not due now until April.

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