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The UK-GBC has urged the government to make a commitment on energy efficiency in the forthcoming budget

The UK Green Building Council has urged the chancellor to use the budget to demonstrate the government’s commitment to green growth.

They have pressed the government to end uncertainty over zero carbon homes and add further support to the Green Deal in order to make the energy efficiency scheme more attractive to households.  

Paul King, CEO of UK-GBC, said: ‘A focus on green growth would boost the construction industry’s confidence to invest and create jobs, as well as helping the UK to meet its legally binding carbon targets. We’ve heard David Cameron talk up energy efficiency and the green economy, but the budget is the Chancellor’s opportunity to demonstrate that he is singing from the same hymn sheet. We need an end to mixed messages which create a risky and damaging environment for business.

‘Ending the dithering on zero carbon homes once and for all and throwing Treasury’s weight behind the Green Deal would show that the Coalition is serious about the opportunity here. To coin a phrase, it’s the green economy stupid!

A month ago, in response to a labour letter to communities secretary Eric Pickles, the UK-GBC asked the government to ‘confirm its support for zero carbon homes’.

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