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8 INDUSTRY NEWS


FMB says focus on retrofit needed to reach net zero


Net zero targets are only possible with the Government providing a National Retrofit Strategy for green homes, so says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK Government will set a target of cutting carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 was welcomed by the association of SME building firms, but it believed the Government must lead a campaign towards green homes to make this possible.


Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “Our homes use 35 per cent of the UK's total energy usage and emit 20 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions – net zero will only be possible with a long- term plan to green our homes.” He continued: “With the Green Homes Grant Scheme stopped prematurely in its tracks, it is essential that the forthcoming Heat and Building Strategy be ambitious, long-term and comprehensive in its plan to upgrade our housing stock.” With reference to this year’s United Nations climate conference being held in Glasgow, Berry concluded: “This will help position the UK as a global leader in tackling climate change ahead of COP26.”


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Family and space top priorities for homebuyers post-lockdown


A recent poll of UK house buyers has found that moving closer to family and needing additional space are two of the top reasons to move home in the post-lockdown era.


The survey of 650 home buyers, conducted by Miller Homes, asked a number of questions about the reasons behind their desire to move home. More than a third of respondents claimed that moving for extra space is their number one reason – while less than three per cent are planning to move to relocate for work.


Most house buyers also indicated that they are hoping their next home will be their ‘forever home,’ with more than 80


per cent of those who responded to the survey mentioning this as an important factor in their search.


Many respondents also said that moving closer to family was an important part of their decision making when it comes to finding a new home. Commenting on the results of the poll, Anne Marie Britton, national sales & marketing director at Miller Homes, said: “It’s no surprise that when seeing family and friends regularly was no longer something we could take for granted, being closer to family is a big considera- tion in many people’s search for their new home. Extra space is the trend that isn’t going away.”


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