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News - 26 March 2010
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Low Carbon Living will Boost Construction Industry

Low carbon living presents huge opportunities for the construction industry, the South East Regional Minister, Jonathan Shaw, said this week.

He went on to explain that the sector would benefit in terms of jobs and skills by the move to zero carbon homes and the need to work on existing older properties to make them as good as they can be in a greener world.

Low carbon living presents huge opportunities for the construction industry, the South East Regional Minister, Jonathan Shaw, said this week. He explained that the sector would benefit in terms of jobs and skills by the move to zero carbon homes and the need to work on existing older properties to make them as good as they can be in a greener world.

The Minister made his comments after chairing a meeting between key players in the south east construction industry, and the Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Ian Lucas who has responsibility for the sector.

The meeting came in the wake of an announcement that two more sites in the south east have been selected for potential eco towns – bringing the total number of sites in the region to four.

Jonathan Shaw said: “Eco towns both help satisfy the need for quality and affordable homes in places where people want to live and work, and also address the need for low carbon living to benefit the environment. ”There are four proposed eco towns in the South East – in Bicester, Whitehill Bordon, Fareham and Shoreham Harbour [see earlier story]. Each one would see thousands of new homes built."

“And as we radically review how we build homes for the future, eco towns also present the opportunity for new jobs and new skills in the construction industry.

“It is important that businesses, through apprenticeships, and schools, colleges and universities concentrate on building the skills needed for the developing new technologies. That way our young people will benefit from the huge opportunities on offer and the industry will grow from strength to strength.”

Key themes which emerged from the meeting with construction industry representatives and the Ministers were the importance of skills and the opportunities coming from low carbon.

Ian Lucas told the meeting: “We must see low carbon and the environment and the legislative rules that the Government has put in place not as a threat to the industry but as an opportunity.”

Eco towns are one of the many measures that the Government is developing to meet the South East's housing needs and over the past two years it has provided the South East with £1.1bn to support housebuilding. However, the Minister added that there are still more than 200,000 households on council waiting lists in the region, and therefore the need to build more homes is a priority.

For further information please contact Jane Manning Press Secretary to the South East Regional Minister, on 079 207 51161, or e-mail:

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