RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
"We very much welcome the Chancellor’s clear statement that we must improve the energy efficiency of our buildings. The extra funding is welcome. But, to meet the scale of the challenge, and for people and our economy to benefit from the relief, it needs to be accelerated.
Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings will reduce bills, create jobs and improve the health and well-being of those who live in and use them.
The taskforce announced today to oversee these vital changes must learn from past failures and build a competent, skilled supply chain. As an institute and profession, we will continue to engage with, and wherever possible support the government, as it drives forward the vital programmes of work to retrofit our building stock. Time is of the essence."
Notes to editors:
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