The Federation of Master Builders

Licensed building companies needed to deliver green construction

Published date: 27 November 2019

A mandatory licensing scheme for UK construction companies is needed to ensure quality in green construction projects, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) manifesto launched today.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “Reducing waste and carbon emissions associated with our construction industry and our existing housing stock is a matter of urgency if we are to meet the demands of the climate crisis. The Scottish National Party’s pledges to encourage green finance investment in construction and to cut the VAT on energy efficiency improvements in the household are positive steps.”

Berry concluded: “We need to go further in ensuring that this programme of work is completed to a high standard. The construction industry has an image problem and one that will hamper growth if not addressed. A mandatory licensing scheme is needed for all UK construction companies in order to raise standards and professionalise the industry, encouraging more young people to choose a career in construction.”

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