BRE to set sustainability standard for new homes - out for consultation until 25 July 2014

BRE to set sustainability standard for new homes

22 June 2014

http://www.building4change.com/page.jsp?id=2409

Voluntary system comes in wake of government’s plan to axe Code for Sustainable Homes

BRE is to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes following the government’s proposal to scrap the Code for Sustainable Homes.

It says the new standard will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation, and will provide increased choice for the consumer. It is inviting all those involved with the delivery of housing, as well as consumers, to have their say on what should be included in the standard.

The announcement follows the recent Department for Communities & Local Government Housing Standards Review (HSR), and subsequent proposed changes to the regulatory landscape. These include the dissolution of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the incorporation of some of its elements into building regulations.

Director of BREEAM at BRE Gavin Dunn said of the plan: “We have our own ideas on the critical issues we need to address in future housing delivery – things like: resilience to adverse and extreme weather: flooding, wind, overheating: mental and physical health and wellbeing of occupants; resource efficiency; increased biodiversity; low energy, water and maintenance costs; and improved connectivity. It is essential that the industry and homeowners engage with us so we can develop a tool that people and the industry want to use because it provides increased quality and choice for the consumer, and drives innovation and improvements across the housing supply chain.”

The standard will be developed for the UK and can be adapted for specific local circumstances. It will use an easy to understand, consumer focused rating system. Significantly, the standard aims to tackle the performance gap, ensuring that the home is performing as designed and, if it doesn’t, to recommend a course of action the home owner can take.

Dunn added, “In the UK we spend a large proportion of our lives in buildings – we must continue to push for better sustainability and quality in our homes. Look at any other sector – automotive, IT, communications – these sectors are continuously improving their products – why should housing be any different?”

The consultation process is open until 25 July. The standard will be ready for roll out next spring. To engage with the consultation, click here. http://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=847

 

The future of sustainable housing: creating a new standard

In the wake of the recent government review of housing standards, BRE is developing a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes that will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation and provide increased quality and choice for the consumer.

Our vision of homes for the future

The new standard will be developed for the UK and international markets and can be adapted for specific local circumstances. It will use an easy to understand, consumer focused rating system. It aims to tackle the performance gap issue, ensuring that the home is performing as designed and if not to recommend a course of action the home owner can take.

Identifying the critical issues

We’ve identified what we believe to be the critical issues we need to address in future housing delivery 

* resilience to adverse and extreme weather

* mental and physical health & wellbeing of occupants

* resource efficiency

* increased biodiversity

* low energy, water and maintenance costs

* improved connectivity

but we’d like to hear your views….

 

Have your say

We are inviting all those involved with the delivery of housing as well as consumers to have their say on what should be included in the standard.  Please click on the document below for further information. http://www.bre.co.uk/filelibrary/pdf/casestudies/66628---BREEAM-Hom...

 

The consultation process is open until 25th July 2014.

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