SMEs being hindered in green constructions by inconsistency in policies

Small businesses within the sustainable construction sector of the UK are lacking in the vital support they need to be able to put their greener building plans into practice. This news comes courtesy of a survey by the University of Hull that looked into green entrepreneurship in Britain.

The survey of SMEs that operated in the sector of green construction found that were being severely hampered by both a lack of funding and the inconsistency of policies. Other problems that they cited as hindrances were poor rules when it came to planning and a severe shortage of skilled labour in the field of sustainable building practices.

By the end of the decade, all new buildings have to be zero carbon, and in a bid to help meet the targets in the UK, which is to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, when compared to the levels in 1990, a total retrofit of Britain’s existing house stock in an urgent priority. With an estimated worth of £500bn, this is one of the biggest ever opportunities for both growth and jobs in the UK.

Respondents of this survey have, however, said that they are concerned by the government’s lack of support, and are now calling for the government to give them a clear and strategic direction to make the transition to green building practices a whole lot easier.

Dr Kirstie O’Neill, from the Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences department at the University of Hull, has said that the two biggest findings of the survey was the access to funding and inconsistency when it came to policies, and this is making what should be a simple enough transition into a bureaucratic nightmare. It is clear that in order for the UK to have any chance of meeting the targets something needs doing sooner rather than later.