Housing Standards Review Consultation

20th August 2013

The government has today launched its consultation on the future of housing standards in England.  The plans to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes which has led to concerns it lacks a vision for sustainable housing.

The consultation focuses on the following eight areas of house building:

  • Accessibility
  • Space
  • Security
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy
  • Indoor environmental standards
  • Materials
  • Process and Compliance

Paul King, chief executive of UK-Green Building Council, said:

“It makes sense to rationalise a set of standards that has proliferated over time and, in some places, become confusing and counterproductive. However, the government is in danger of letting key sustainability considerations roll away completely.  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.”

The consultation closes on 22nd October 2013.


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