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Bury St Edmunds builders' merchant Huws Gray Ridgeons aims to create more sustainable homes

Builders merchant Huws Gray Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds has been outlining to local MP Jo Churchill how the industry can help deliver new and sustainable housing.

Mrs Churchill's visit to the company’s Beetons Way store was organised through the Builders Merchants Federation.

The firm’s director, Ian Northen explained how builders' merchants will play a key role in the Government's commitment to new housing.

Mr Northen said: “The Government has set a target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid- 2020s. If this is to be achieved, our industry wants long-lasting stability, along with consistent government focus, to narrow the gap between housing demand and supply.

"Events currently going on around the country to mark the centenary of council housing show the continuing need for homes of all types and tenures at prices people cam afford in Bury St Edmunds and around East Anglia.”

As well as issues around the building of new homes there was also discussion about ways of creating a new generation of low carbon homesfrom the existing housing stock.

Mr Northen added: "Fitting energy-efficient, low emission and water-saving measures in properties in the town, around Suffolk and further afield will be key to achieving sustainability goals.

"The issue is set to gain further momentum following the Government's announcement in March that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced to end fossil fuel heating in new homes by 2025.

"Efficient boilers, coupled with better insulation and small-scale generation of heat and electric power by individual householders will be the key drivers in converting homes for a low carbon world."

Mrs Churchill praised the contribution by the firm and added: "As a significant regional employer Huws Gray Ridgeons makes a vital contribution to our local economy by ensuring that building materials and home improvement products are delivered all year round when and where they are needed.

"Their knowledge and expertise in helping people to have warm homes, save on energy bills and use water wisely, was really encouraging. I am keen that merchants play their part in helping constituents move to healthy low carbon living on the way to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

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