Signs of recovery should be sustained with commitment to long-term National Retrofit Strategy, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to the ONS Construction Output data released today.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Spring has brought green shoots of recovery in the construction sector, with a 1.6% monthly rise in output in February. While still below its February 2020 level, steps on the path to recovery are welcome after an incredibly difficult year. The repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector has done particularly well, with output 2.2% higher than this time last year, before lockdown began. But following the premature closure of the Green Homes Grant Scheme last month, this boost for local builders needs to be secured and maintained”. 

Berry continued: “The Government has the opportunity to boost regional construction activity through the introduction of a National Retrofit Strategy. Such a strategy would give local builders the long-term confidence they require to invest in their skills, take on new employees, and support the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050. In the year of the United Nations COP conference, the announcement of a long-term National Retrofit Strategy would demonstrate the UK Government to be leading on the climate emergency, while supporting this country’s local builders in parallel.”

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.