Clearview South August 2013 - Issue 141 - Page 76

ENERGYEFFICIENCY Industry body calls for tax changes to boost green retrofits A report by the UK Green Building Council has called for incentives including reduced council tax bills or stamp duty to encourage up to 1.5 million home energy retrofits each year and boost the government’s Green Deal programme. The report, Retrofit Incentives: Boosting the take-up of energy efficiency measures in domestic properties, says that such measures would contribute hundreds of millions of pounds to the UK economy each year, as well as reducing emissions from buildings. The report follows statistics released last month showing the government’s Green Deal aimed at increasing energy efficiency, has received a poor response. Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “There are some tough political choices to be made, not least in using the tax regime to nudge householders into action, but the opportunities for UK Plc are just so great, that this is a nettle which needs to be grasped.” The report says that a variable stamp duty regime could give homebuyers a discount if a property beats a level of energy efficiency, or higher rates for poor performing buildings. It claimed that such a scheme could deliver between 135,000 and #sFFF&WG&fG2W"V"B66BFB6V6F&FW26VB&Rf&VB66&FrFFRVW&wVff6V7b&W'Gv66VBFVƗfW"&WGvVVSBCFFF&WG&fG2V"6W&6S6"vW"'FdB7WB67V66VVBvW&Rw&VVFV2fƖp&VGV6rdBFRW"6VBVW&wVff6V7&fVVBv&vVBV&RW6VG2Fw&VVFVf6R66BFRfVFW&Fb7FW"'VFW'2d"&W76RFFRFW7B7FF7F72g&FRFW'FVBbVW&wB6ƖFR6vRDT423#Sw&VVFV76W76VG2fR&VV6'&VBWB'WBǒfW"w&VVFV2fR6f"&VV6vVB&W6V&66֗76VB'FRd"6w27WGFrdBFRW&6VBVW&wVff6VBvrB&W"&W6VVG26VB&W7VBFFFSrccW6VG2vF&FV7W&W27FVB'##'&&W''FR6VbWV7WFfRbFRd"6C( FW6RFW7Bw&VVFV7FF7F726rFR66VR2GG&7Fr6RFW&W7BvWfW"FW&R&RF6FvǒfWrW6VG27GVǒW6rw&VVFVf6RFf"FRv&( &W''6FVVC( w&VVFVf6Rv27W6VBF'&r&WBG&F27&V6RFRV&W"bVR&frFRVW&wVff6V7bFV"&W'G'&VfrFRWg&B67B'WBFR6WGbFR66VRBFRvFW&W7B&FR26WfW&VǒƖ֗FrFRV&W"bW6VG2FB6VRFRw&VVFV2&VWfB7FVB&VGV6rdBVW&wVff6V7&fVVBv&vVB7&VFR&V6VFfRBr66f&2F6''WBFRv&v6FW&R7W'&VFǒ7G'VvvƖrFvVFW"FRw&VVFV( &W''66VFVC( vfW&VB2FrG2&W7BF'G&FRw&VVFV27V66W72'WBN( 2rFRf"W7BFV&FRrF7&Rw&VFW"WFR( Рw&VVFV&6VB'GW7G'WW'G0FRF766Fb&fW767V7F'2BFW7FW'2BBV7w&VVFVfR&FW&vVBGW7G'FBfFFRw&VVFVFR6W2fR&VVf6FV"7W'Bf"FRƖ7BffW&VBGf6RFW6VFW'2BG&FW6VFRFVFVW&wBf66fw2FB6&RFRVFW"FRƖ7&RFCVW&w6fr76W76VG2fR&VVW&f&VB2'BbFRw&VVFVƖ766RBv2V6VB7F&W"#"'FRFW'FVBbVW&wB6ƖFR6vRDT42vWfW"FW&R27FrvFvf"FRw&VVFVFf6ƗFFRG2F&vWBbB֖ƖW2&Vr67&VFFVB'##F2f'V"&WFrvW"BV7w&VVFV6Br&RW2FRT6ǒvFFRw&VVFVv2rFW&BFBFR&WBf"B6VBWBw&rWVFǒf'V"v2VVF7G&W72FBb&RG&FW6VFFR7FW2FvWBw&VVFV6W'FfVBB6VBVBF&Rv&VW72r7W7FW'22vV2FVFǒ&fVB&fG2f"6W'FfVBG&FW6V( BF&V7F"b7FF&G2FfB6v'W&66VFVC( 66FW&rFBCbRb&W'FW2VvB7W'&VFǒfR&BBU2&FrFW6R7FF7F72g&DT42&VǒF7VfVW2&WBFRFVFbFRw&VVFVFRfW'vV֖rV&W"b&W'FW2FBVVBFRVW&wVff6V7&fVVG2BFRFVFf"FW6G2F&VVfBf6ǒF( 6W&6S6"vW"'Fs`Tr#0F&VB&Rf6Bwwr6V'fWrV6Р