FMB chief renews call for UK retrofit strategy

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on all of the UK’s political parties to support a long-term retrofit strategy as a matter of urgency. The statement follows the Labour Party’s push for a national energy efficiency plan.

Brian Berry, the FMB’s chief executive, said: “The best way to save money on household energy bills is to use less of it, so insulating our 29m leaky and energy inefficient homes should be priority number one for the incoming government. We need a long-term national retrofit strategy, including proper support for training to ensure that local tradespeople have the green skills needed to insulate homes in communities right across the country.”

The FMB leader has previously called for a strategy to address the UK’s inefficient homes, in a move that could boost the glazing sector due to the installation of energy efficient window systems. In today’s statement. he added: “This major infrastructure project requires backing from all political parties, a national mission and local delivery. Small builders are key to making it a success. The FMB stands ready to work with all parties to deliver and do our bit to tackle the soaring cost of living.”