Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) said:
“Whilst we welcome measures to encourage housebuilding, an emphasis must be placed on delivering high-quality, energy efficient homes that provide real value for people and places. The changes announced to the stamp duty regime are a positive step to help first-time buyers. However, we urge Government to go further by introducing stamp duty incentives which make energy efficient homes more attractive for housebuyers. This would be another way of ensuring the long-term affordability of homes and would help create a market for better-performing properties.
“It is encouraging to see environmental priorities recognised for their economic potential with positive steps towards improving air quality, incentivising the move towards electric vehicles, and reducing plastic pollution. However, this Budget fails to recognise the significant economic potential of low-carbon buildings and infrastructure or the opportunity to use fiscal policy to help deliver the Clean Growth Strategy.
“We hope that the imminent Industrial Strategy will provide a path for clean growth by boosting innovation across the property and construction industry.”
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