The failure of the Green Homes Grant Scheme highlights the need for a long-term strategy to green the nations homes, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to the National Audit Office's report on the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: “Today’s report from the National Audit Office on the performance of the Green Homes Grant scheme, is sadly unsurprising in its damning conclusions. Members of the FMB who are local, small builders, ideally placed to deliver green upgrades to people’s homes, found the system overly complex, and of the 200 companies who expressed an interest, just three went on to become accredited. We need the Government to back a long-term retrofit strategy, to give installers confidence to train and certainty that the rug won’t be pulled from under them.”

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.