21 Oct 2010 10:10:10
Small building firms 'missing out on green skills'
Many small firms are not receiving the green building skills required to reduce the housing stock's carbon emissions, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has claimed.
Speaking at the Cut the Carbon webinar, Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the FMB, said that an integrated approach from the government and industry, along with more incentives are needed to increase homeowner demand for energy efficient improvements.
Mr Berry said small builders must be 'up-skilled' to meet the "challenge for low carbon, energy-efficient homes".
"The problem is that most small firms don't belong to any bodies so they are not getting the regular training that will be required," he added.
There was also currently said to be an "absence of a strong consumer demand".
Last week, the Green Homes 2010 report compiled by Knight Frank suggested that the UK building industry still needs a definition of zero-carbon so it can prepare for the introduction of the 2016 standard.
Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank, said that the 2016 target, for all new builds to be zero-carbon, is "beginning to look distinctly unrealistic".