The government has highlighted the importance of improving the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock as part of a package of climate change measures outlined in the Queen’s speech.

In the speech the government committed itself to introducing a climate change bill with the long-term aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions 60% by 2050.

The government said the bill would stress the importance of improving the existing housing stock. Building has lobbied for action on this through its 99% campaign.

The bill will also establish an independent body, known as the Carbon Committee, to work with the government to reduce emissions across the economy.

The government will publishing proposals for the reform of planning, particularly for energy and infrastructure projects.

Other measures that will affect the industry include a bill for long-term pensions reform and a bill to reform the further education system to deal with skills shortages.