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Posted: 2018-04-22, in category: Uncategorised

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It is compulsory for building projects these days to involve some form of sustainable technology such as energy efficient windows and doors. Double glazing products have advanced incredibly since the days of single glazed units, and are now as attractive as they are functional.

The Glass and Glazing Federation [GGF], are dedicated to promoting sustainability in this area, and have recently called for more incentives for those retrofitting their homes. The GGF urged the government once again to reduce the rate of VAT where energy efficient windows and doors are used. The statement was in response to a consultation from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and made the point that homeowners would be encouraged to upgrade their homes if the worry of the extra 20% was not there.

They pointed out that another advantage of a VAT ‘holiday’, would enable reputable double glazing companies to gain ground over unscrupulous rogue traders, who carry out inferior work on the cheap. This type of company can appear attractive to those who have to count their pennies, although the practise generally ends up costing much more! There are however double glazing companies who provide an excellent, high quality service at affordable prices.

In addition to the measures relating to VAT, the GGF supported plans for low interest loans and direct subsidies for energy efficient window and door installations, stating that all of these approaches are popular and highly regarded amongst consumers. The government launched an ambitious clean growth strategy for the UK in January bringing energy efficiency into sharp focus.

GGF Director of Home Improvement, Russell Day said: “We welcome the Government’s drive to build a sustainable market for energy efficiency in the UK, in conjunction with the ambitious clean growth strategy launched by the Prime Minister in January.

The GGF has long argued for a holiday on the VAT levied on the installation of energy efficient windows and doors, measures which are consistently ranked as some of the most popular for homeowners looking to improve the efficiency of their homes.

We look forward to working closely with the Government over this consultation period.”

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