The UK Government’s announcement of a Green Jobs Taskforce reflects calls by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for a strategic approach to net-zero, with home energy retrofit at its heart.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “SMEs in the construction sector stand ready to build back greener, but they will only be able to do so if they are supported to train and recruit highly skilled tradespeople. It’s right that this strategic approach to green jobs has home energy retrofit at its heart, complementing the FMB’s call for a national retrofit strategy."

Berry concluded: "As a start, the Chancellor should use the Spending Review to extend the Green Homes Grant scheme, and bring forward the full £9.2bn committed in the Conservative manifesto to make our existing buildings more energy efficient.”

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.