The Federation of Master Builders has said looming public sector cuts could undermine the recovery in Northern Ireland's small and medium-sized construction sector.
The warning came as the FMB published the results of its state of trade survey for quarter three 2014, which shows that Northern Ireland has remained in positive territory for the sixth successive quarter.
In contrast, businesses stating lower levels of activity declined to 10% from 14%.
Louise Ward from FMB Northern Ireland said: "The SME construction sector has been slowly recovering over the past 18 months but it is important to remember that the wider construction sector won't reach pre-recession levels until 2017.
"Worse still, the looming public sector spending cuts in Northern Ireland are likely to pull the rug from under us before we have managed to regain our footing."