Paul Joyner, managing director of SBS, has said the Green Deal will take time.

SBS says Green Deal is a marathon, not a sprint

Published:  15 March, 2013

Paul Joyner, managing director of Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) and speaker at this year’s Ecobuild, has reminded installers, contractors and industry peers that the Green Deal will take time to reach its full potential whilst celebrating some early signs of success.

The sustainable division of the Travis Perkins Group was overwhelmed with the number of Green Deal-based enquiries received during the 2013 show, indicating that awareness and interest has grown since the January launch. SBS also announced that it had already trained 1000 assessors alongside official partner PPL, which supports its claim that the Green Deal is slowly but surely gaining traction.

Mr Joyner said: “The construction industry is used to a sprint, with CERT, FiT and the boiler scrappage scheme as the perfect examples. However, the Green Deal is not government legislation and deeper issues around homeowner buy-in and ageing housing stock mean it could take up to 10 years to reach its full potential. Leading companies such as Travis Perkins Group need to continue waving the flag for the Green Deal and similarly for ECO when it arrives.

“Ecobuild has again been a fantastic opportunity to do just that and visitors have reacted with a hunger for more information on how these incentives can benefit them and their business. SBS’ job now is to continue closing the skills gap, to keep supplying the best solutions possible through the Group whilst encouraging manufacturers to develop the innovative products that are needed to apply efficiency measures to a wider range of housing types.”

SBS provides an ‘end to end’ solution that utilises strengths from across the Travis Perkins Group. Created in 2010, SBS provides builders, architects and specifiers with energy-efficient and compliant solutions which are applicable for newbuild, retrofit and repair and maintenance markets.

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