APHC has welcomed the recent Government announcement that proposals to introduce consequential improvement requirements to Building Regulations have been dropped.
The proposed requirements would have seen homeowners forced to have energy efficiency work carried out on their property at the same time as having any home improvement works completed, for example a loft / garage conversion, a replacement boiler or a percentage of windows replaced, would have meant the homeowner fitting more loft insulation or installing an additional renewable heating system.
In a statement released on Monday by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Ministers conceded that the proposals could have a negative effect on industry during the current economic climate. Homeowners would be deterred from getting work done and it could be more difficult for installers to win work, whilst encouraging the growth of a rogue element, taking advantage of the requirements, to inflame prices for consequential improvement works.
John Thompson, APHC Ltd. Chief Executive commented: “APHC are happy that these proposals have now been shelved. The implementation of these proposals would have severely inhibited the plumbing and heating refurbishment market in already difficult trading conditions. I now hope the government will concentrate on supporting the industry by raising the profile of the Green Deal to the consumer market and ensuring a good take up in 2013.
For full details of the statement please click here: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-vote-office/December_2012/13-12-12/4.DCLG-MinorConsequentialImprovements.pdf