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Merchants and FMB consider partnership for Green Deal work

The Federation of Master Builders is working towards a partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation that could help ensure contractors win lucrative Green Deal work.

The two trade bodies have held exploratory talks on ways they could provide a Green Deal finance and services partnership.

The Green Deal, set to launch next year, will offer building owners the chance to undertake energy-saving projects using a loan expected to be paid off through a reduction in bills.

The government hopes to retrofit 14 million homes by 2020 under the scheme.

But the FMB was set to meet Department of Energy and Climate Change officials last week to raise concerns about its members’ level of involvement.

It hopes a tie-up with the BMF, which represents wholesalers of materials, will benefit all parties.

FMB director of external affairs Brian Berry (pictured) said: “We are trying to ensure our own supply chain is on an equal footing with major retailers and energy service providers when it comes to providing the Green Deal.

“We have held exploratory talks with the BMF, which is looking to become a part of the financing process, to see whether there could be a link-up for our members.”

Under the Green Deal, assessments of buildings will be carried out to determine which energy-efficiency measures would be cost-effective, before a financing package is put in place.

BMF secretary Peter Matthews confirmed it had held talks with DECC officials and trade bodies including the FMB about delivering Green Deal packages.

He said: “It is important that we get a level playing field for builders’ merchants to deliver the Green Deal as well as the big energy companies and retailers.”

The FMB also planned to ask the DECC to commit to supporting smaller contractors in efforts to secure Green Deal financing.