The adoption by the Construction Leadership Council, which represents all parts of the construction sector, of a long term plan for greening our existing homes is a significant step forward in tackling climate change, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the announcement made today.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The FMB has called for many years for a National Retrofit Strategy that sets out a comprehensive plan for upgrading our homes. To see the leaders of the construction industry adopt the plan, ‘Greening Our Existing Homes’, is a significant step to help create a low carbon built environment. Given that homes contribute 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions it’s very important that we make them more energy efficient if the UK is to achieve its zero carbon target by 2050”

Berry concluded: “With the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow next year, and an ambitious net zero carbon emission target on the horizon, the time is ripe to take forward a long term plan for green homes. The Government must now work with the construction industry, and all supporters of the retrofit strategy, to implement the report’s recommendations and deliver confidence to business that the retrofit market is here to stay.”

Notes to editors

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.