Housing Standards proposals fail to present vision for sustainable homes

New proposals to simplify and streamline housing standards for housebuilders fail to present a vision for sustainable homes, the UK Green Building Council warned today.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has today published its long-awaited consultation on Housing Standards, following the Review it launched last October.

The consultation sets out a number of planned changes to Housing Standards, which include phasing out the Code for Sustainable Homes and requiring minimum space standards for new homes.

DCLG said the new proposals would “help free up the industry, support growth and get high quality homes built.”

But the consultation excludes key sustainability requirements such as the responsible sourcing of materials and ecology.

Paul King, Chief Executive of UK-GBC, said: “What we need is a vision for national housing standards that provides industry with the clarity and certainty it needs to build homes that are fit for the needs of people in the future. It therefore makes sense to rationalise a set of standards that has proliferated over time and, in some places, become confusing and counterproductive.

“However, with the demise of the Code for Sustainable Homes and big omissions around materials and ecology, we risk losing a momentum that has transformed the way homes have been built over the last seven years.

“Government claims its plans will take off the bureaucratic handbrake that holds back house building, but it is in danger of letting key sustainability considerations roll away completely.”

The consultation will close on 22 October 2013.

To read the press release click here.

Published: 20/08/2013

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