The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has written to the Secretary of State, Kwasi Kwarteng, calling on him to incorporate the recommendations of the CLC’s National Retrofit Strategy into the content and implementation of the Government’s forthcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy.

The CLC has published the second iteration of the National Retrofit Strategy, a twenty-year blueprint for how the construction industry can work with Government to retrofit the UK’s 28 million existing homes. Following open consultation with the construction industry, the strategy now has over 50 supporter organisations.

In partnership with 38 signatories, the CLC has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, enclosing the strategy, and calling on the Government to adopt its themes within the content and implementation of the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

Mark Reynolds, Deputy Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said: “Our homes account for 20% of UK carbon emissions and 35% of energy use. To deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the construction industry must work with the Government and take action on reducing the environmental impact of our buildings. As an integral part of the CLC’s Co2nstruct Zero campaign, I am pleased that the National Retrofit Strategy is steadily gaining supporters ahead of United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.”

Brian Berry, Chair of the CLC Domestic RMI Working Group said: “The National Retrofit Strategy is a blueprint for making green home upgrades accessible to all British households. This will help make our homes more comfortable and cheaper to run. This strategy also has the potential to unlock 100,000 new jobs and save 2.53Mt of carbon dioxide in the first four years, in return for £5.3 billion of Government investment. This will support the levelling-up agenda, helping us to build back better and greener.”

Signatories to the letter are:
Actuate UK
Bathroom Manufacturers Association
Bradford Council
Builders Merchants Federation
Canopy Housing
Centre for Ageing Better
Chartered Institute of Building
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Climate Action Ilkley
Construction Products Association
EcoHolmes CLT
Ecology Building Society
Electrical Contractors’ Association
Federation of Master Builders
Glass and Glazing Federation
Green Building Store
Green Finance Institute
Insulation Manufacturers Association
Leeds Community Homes
Local Authority Building Control
Melius Homes Limited
National Federation of Builders
National Federation of Roofing Contractors
National Home Improvement Council
Otley Energy
Parity Projects
People Powered Homes
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Solid Carbon Storage
Sustainable Energy Association
The Tile Association
UK Green Building Council
Zero Carbon Yorkshire