More than half of house buyers believe the quality of workmanship and materials of new-build homes is inadequate.

The finding emerged in a survey of the attitudes of almost a thousand homebuyers, published this week.

The survey shows that prospective buyers want more information from housebuilders. Almost 90% of people want to know if homes are environment friendly. Almost 70% believe that housebuilders do not provide enough information on the technical aspects of homes, such as plumbing, electrics and foundations.

A high proportion of buyers said that, even though space is the most important consideration when buying a home, they are rarely told the size of the overall property or its individual rooms.

The survey was commissioned by CABE, the World Wildlife Fund and Halifax bank. It was carried out by Mulholland Research & Consulting.