Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s failure to address growing concerns about the flagship Green Homes Grant met with dismay across the industry.

RIBA and UKGBC both criticized the lack of substance or direction of the budget in relation to the so-called “green revolution” that the government was about earlier.

Now, more industry associations and representatives have contributed to the growing chorus of disapproval of the Chancellor’s apparent lack of support and ambition for greenhouse gas emissions and other programs.

Peter Caplehorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Construction Product Association, said the spring budget contained a number of political and funding announcements relevant to its members and the industry.

‘It is important to note, however, that these announcements will take longer to fully interpret as some of them may be’ new announcements’ of existing commitments or allocations of existing funds, “he continued.

“We knew in advance that the budget would primarily focus on virus recovery and job protection. So we are not surprised that the building itself was not a big beneficiary today. Nonetheless, members will particularly take note of the process of “super deductions” for business investments. Extension of stamp duty leave; More details on a UK infrastructure bank and commitment to promoting science and innovation and doubling the incentives for apprenticeships.

We must also point to our disappointment that there was little in the budget about energy efficient retrofitting of the existing housing stock, given the importance the government placed on Net Zero – especially in the year of COP26 – and especially given concerns about government delivery as part of the Green Homes Grant. “

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, admitted the Chancellor had largely hit the right notes in announcing continued support for the deal as the UK went through the final stages of the coronavirus roadmap and recovery plan.

“While the Chancellor spoke about the government’s commitment to green growth, we were disappointed that this announcement did not include support for a national retrofit strategy,” he added. “This would not only bring the country’s housing stock to the highest levels of energy efficiency, but it would also provide a platform to equip the construction trade with the skills needed to both retrofit existing homes and build low-carbon new homes, and so on to contribute to the achievement of the government network No ambition. “