Report says retrofitting needs to become standard practice for homeowners and builders

Existing energy retrofit policy is holding back builders working in the repair, maintenance and improvement market to hit net zero by 2050, the Federation of Master Builders has warned.

The trade body said policy efforts to develop energy retrofit have not delivered the scale of activity needed to meet climate policy goals.

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The FMB said retrofit had to become normal for UK householders

In a new report, the FMB added that firms operating in the RMI sector were ideally placed to carry out energy retrofit but that recent policy initiatives had not served the sector well.

The organisation said that opportunities for improving the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes had been routinely missed because they were not planned for.

It said retrofit had to become a normal activity, demanded by households and delivered by competent builders, supported by supply chains, intermediaries and other local stakeholders.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “A burgeoning retrofit market will improve the affordability and comfort of our housing stock, create thousands of jobs, and reduce our collective carbon footprint.”

The report was produced with the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, which was established as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Energy Programme in April 2018, with funding of £19.5m over five years.