Commenting on the report Ankers said: ‘The report sets out a very exciting agenda for the construction industry, but it makes clear that without decisive leadership and co-operation between different parts of the industry, and between industry and government, we will not achieve the benefits for the construction industry and the wider UK economy.
‘As the report recognises, product manufacturers and suppliers have a major contribution to make in the creation of a low carbon construction industry through the steps they take to reduce the carbon content in the products that are used; in the innovative products and solutions they develop; and in ensuring we have the workforce with the skills needed to deliver the low carbon built environment.
‘The biggest challenge undoubtedly lies in making our existing buildings more energy efficient. Whilst energy efficiency products and solutions have been available for some time, there is still a need for the consumer to understand and grasp the opportunities to considerably improve the carbon performance of their homes. We particularly welcome the recommendation that an existing homes hub is established similar to the Zero Carbon Hub that is working so successfully to develop the programme for delivering all new homes to a zero carbon standard by 2016. This is an excellent example of industry and government working together and we look forward to a similar mechanism being established for the existing housing stock as soon as possible.
‘This report provides an enormous opportunity and there is a 40 year programme of work out there for those capable of seizing the opportunities this presents. There has never been a better time for the construction industry to take the lead and to drive this agenda forward.’