Green home improvement measures 'must be handled carefully'
13th Apr 2012
New government proposals to make householders install green measures when improving their home have been welcomed by one organisation that extols the benefits of sustainable development.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has drawn up new rules meaning that householders who want to build a conservatory, replace a broken boiler or install new windows will be obliged to spend money on green projects.
Under the measures, they will not be permitted to carry out the home improvement or repair unless they agree to pay for measures such as loft or wall insulation.
According to Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability & communications director of Sustain Worldwide, the measures are broadly positive, as they may create new jobs in the sector and economic growth.
However, if the launch and roll-out is handled badly there is a danger of a public backlash against those companies involved in the scheme, he pointed out.
"The public generally dislikes being imposed upon. When a government is seen to be interfering in an 'Englishman's castle', dictating what measures must be undertaken, it is treading on very shaky ground indeed," the expert added.
Mr Miller said it is therefore imperative that the implementation of any rules is handled in such a way that homeowners do not feel victimised.
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