The government needs to come up with a National Retrofit Strategy to offset the construction issues including growing unemployment, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Chief Executive Brian Berry said such a strategy would stimulate work and employment throughout the sector, while supporting the Prime Minister’s latest carbon emission reduction targets.

“As we emerge from the difficulties faced during the past year, 2021 should be seen as a year of significant opportunity to move the dial further towards Net Zero and build back greener, he said.

“A retrofit strategy would provide economic, environmental and social benefits throughout all regions, supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda.

“Decarbonising our homes is vital as they contribute 20% of the country’s carbon emissions and the Green Homes Grant, while firmly a step in the right direction, does not go far enough if we are to achieve to achieve a 68% reduction by 2030, and Net Zero carbon by 2050.”