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 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.


The consultation process is open until 25th July 2014.


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