LONDON: The Construction Products Association has welcomed the launch of the government's Building Regulations consultation but cautions that additional steps will be needed if the zero carbon homes target for 2016 is to be met.

John Tebbit, industry affairs director at the association, said: "The manufacturers and suppliers are already focused on providing the products and solutions necessary to achieve these improvements but recognise that a delay to the implementation until October 2013 was inevitable given the delay in issuing this consultation."

One of the other key proposals in the consultation document is the proposed introduction of consequential improvements and linking these to the Green Deal. Commenting on this, Tebbit said: "Key to the success of the proposals on consequential improvements is ensuring that the Green Deal is delivered in a cost effective and consumer friendly way and much still needs to be done to achieve this. Green Deal must be seen as a way of helping deliver these improvements and not an additional burden.