UK-GBC responds to Housing White Paper

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to the publication of the Government’s Housing White Paper.

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Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council said:

“The Government is rightly committed to a major housebuilding drive, closing the gap between demand and supply, and putting new homes within reach of those currently being left behind.  We welcome the Government’s focus on the creative use of brownfield land, new support for planning authorities, and efforts to encourage the better use of existing homes.

“Whilst delivering a significant quantity of homes is crucial, so too is delivering high quality homes. If we do not aim for zero carbon standards now, we will likely need to go back and retrofit these buildings in just ten years’ time in order to meet our carbon targets.

“The good news is that putting quality, good design and cutting edge construction methods at the heart of the housebuilding process is actually conducive to achieving the scale of housebuilding we need to see. A focus on urban areas - where people want to live and work – requires intelligent design and the engagement of local people to deliver high-quality, high-density developments that work for new owners and existing communities alike.”

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

About UK-GBC

UK-GBC is a charity and an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment.

With over 400 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders striving for transformational change.

We inspire, challenge and empower our members, helping them to identify and adopt the most sustainable, viable solutions.

We also engage our members in advocating a progressive message to government, informing and influencing green building policy.

More information about UK-GBC can be found here: www.ukgbc.org

Date: 07/02/2017