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Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders


SUPPORT NEEDED FOR SME FIRMS TO BUILD GREENER


Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) explores why SMEs should be at the heart of the Government’s plans for green construction to help them conquer obstacles


ACHIEVING BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN WILL BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT ON SMALLER SITES, ESPECIALLY BROWNFIELD


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his year, the UK will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP 26. It’s a great opportunity for the Government to show global leadership with ambitious and impactful policies that tackle climate change and decarbonise all aspects of our economy. We will not deliver the Government’s target of a 68 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide by 2030, or net zero by 2050, if we do not reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions from our homes. This is a challenging area, and the Committee on Climate Change used its Sixth Carbon Budget to highlight the need for a national programme to improve insulation across the UK.


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SMES AT THE HEART


Small to medium-sized (SME) housebuilders should be at the heart of Government’s green building plans as pioneers of low carbon, high-performance homes. According to the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2020, we know that many SME housebuilders already build to high environmental standards, sometimes driven by the demands of environmentally conscious-clients, sometimes driven by a forward-looking business model. New regulations are accelerating the green agenda in new build, including the Future Homes Standard, which will require an uplift of 31 per cent in energy efficiency on all new build from this year. The Bill will also


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