18 Feb 2008 05:02:28
Government incentives 'may encourage zero-carbon homes'
People may be more inclined to focus on the "green credentials" of a property if there were more government incentives to do so, it has been suggested.
A recent survey conducted by thinkproperty.com found that around 70 per cent of homeowners said they would make green modifications to their properties if there were government incentives to do so, such as discounted or special mortgages and lower council tax.
The property portal claimed that real estate agents should do more to highlight the environmentally-friendly aspects of homes that are being sold, particularly as zero-carbon homes are already exempt from paying stamp duty.
Suzanne Deakins, head of group marketing at thinkproperty.com said: "With budgets generally tight for home movers with rising energy prices, any evidence of lower energy bills or lower stamp duty could make a real difference to the sale of a property."
Current low-carbon developments in progress include Ecostessey Park, which is being developed by Roy Williamson Properties.