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Councils and developers ‘must’ work together to improve housing quality

Words: Laura Edgar
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The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources that aim to help developers and local authorities boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.

The Housing Standards Playbook (pdf) is intended to support local authorities in driving up the sustainability of new homes through policy.

It urges local authorities to set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19 per cent improvements compared with the current national minimum on carbon reduction. Additionally, they should commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero in operation by 2030 at the latest.

The playbook suggests that developers should demonstrate that they have acted to mitigate the risk of overheating as well as to close the performance gap.

Social Value in New Development (pdf) is aimed at local authorities and developers. It considers social value, its stakeholders, strategies for driving positive outcomes and measuring success, as well as the current barriers to success.

It includes an overview of the outcomes and opportunities available if the social value of development is considered across three areas: jobs and economic growth; health well-being and the environment; and strength of community.

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, said: “Raising the bar on standards for new homes and tackling energy and climate change are fundamental to delivering the high-quality, efficient, and healthy new homes we need.

“Sustainable development can deliver a wide range of benefits not only to residents, but to communities and cities at large.”

She said this comes through boosting local economies and the quality of life through activities like providing jobs and apprenticeships and upgrading social and community facilities.

“We hope that these resources can help drive further collaboration between local authorities and developers to deliver truly sustainable development,” concluded Hirigoyen.

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