SMALL building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, warns the Federation of Master Builders.
The FMB was commenting on figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change showing that almost 19,000 Green Deal GD assessments were carried out by the end of April – yet there are only 942 installer companies approved to carry out this work.
The FMB said this was nowhere near enough to deliver energy-efficiency improvements to Britain’s 26m existing homes by 2050.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “There are more than 240,000 companies in the construction industry employing fewer than 14 people.
“These companies are often best placed to carry out Green Deal work, but because it is difficult to access the market, they are reluctant to train the number of approved installers needed to retro-fit Britain’s building stock.”
The FMB has launched a campaign to encourage its members to participate in this rapidly growing market.
Mr Berry said: “Our new strategy will help increase opportunities for SMEs in the low-carbon refurbishment market.”
He said: “The Green Deal has now been open for business for almost four months and demand for work under the initiative appears to be growing, but it still feels like a missed opportunity to the majority of SMEs in the industry who haven’t seen any sign of transformation in the energy-efficiency market.
“As part of our strategy, the FMB will not only continue to call for the incentives needed to create consumer demand for energy-efficiency work, but will also ensure that FMB members have timely access to relevant high-quality training and certification services to enable them to develop their businesses to be able to respond to low-carbon work opportunities.”