Energy efficiency a growing consideration in Carrick

HOMEOWNERS in Carrick are becoming increasingly green-minded, with one in three saying they would install energy efficient features to save the planet.

A consumer survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed that despite the recession over a fifth of the area’s property-owners said they would pay for solar panels and wind turbines because they care deeply about the environment.

Other - perhaps not so admirable - reasons for a green makeover included ‘keeping up with the Jones’, with one in 10 saying they would install energy efficiency measures to modernise their home, while nearly 70 percent of respondents said they would do so to add value and counter rising energy costs.

The report comes as the FMB has announced entries to the greenest builder category of their annual Master Builder of the Year Awards has seen a dramatic rise in recent years.

Scottish regional director Grahame Barn said: “Knowledge of green technologies is now part and parcel of many good builders’ toolkits as homeowners consider energy efficient options.

“This is reflected in some excellent entries for the greenest builder category in the Master Builder of the Year Awards.”

The FMB announced nominations for the awards, which will be held in London in March next year, open last week, and are encouraging construction consumers in Carrick to enter their local labourers.

Part of the search for the best builder in Britain, and backed by Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, every regional winning builder and the customer who put them forward will receive a £250 cash prize, while the overall winner will be given a new Nissan van and their customer will win £3,000.

For more information, or to nominate a builder, visit www.fmb.org.uk/MBOYAwards