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UK govt criticised for its zero carbon homes plan

But others welcome the move to make all homes more energy efficient and back the government's radical plans.

According to the Federation of Master Builders the government has so far failed to offer practical radical solutions that will deliver its plan.

'The government's ambition for all homes to receive an energy efficient make-over by 2030 is a great aim but without better targeted financial incentives, particularly in the current economic climate, looks unlikely to succeed,' said Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the FMB.

'Options for improving the delivery of energy efficiency advice is welcome, but the idea of forcing energy companies to pay for energy efficient improvements will mean that fuel bills are only going to rise, thus pushing ever greater numbers of people into fuel poverty,' he explained.

'A better solution would be to introduce a series of more practical financial incentives to encourage householders to make their homes greener and more energy efficient. These should include cutting VAT to five per cent on housing refurbishment across the UK as soon as possible; using council tax rebates as a delivery mechanism; and reforming stamp duty,' he said.

'If we are to have a realistic chance of transforming our housing stock to make it greener and energy efficient the government needs to do much more than what they have put on offer today,' Berry added.

However the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors backs the plans. Gillian Charlesworth, director of external affairs, said the long term plan is what RICS has been calling for in this policy area.

'It is vital that the government works closely with the market to achieve change and we welcome the commitment to working with RICS and others to produce market based solutions to reduce energy usage in the home,' she said.