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Future of sustainable housing event, 3 June 2013

The Government is currently conducting a standards review which will affect the regulatory landscape for housing. Whatever the result of the review, BRE thinks that the UK housing sector will continue to require the sort of framework, benchmarks and guidance currently provided by Code for Sustainable Homes, the standard for new homes introduced by Government in 2007.

This view was backed up by the 150 guests we hosted at an event on the Future of Sustainable Housing in London on 3rd June who reiterated a need for a housing code that will benefit householders and house builders, the wider UK industry and economy and the environment.

Click below to see video presentations from the event by:
(links open YouTube in new window, running time shown in minutes)

Peter Bonfield,

Alan Yates,
(20 min)


Jason Collard,
(6 min)

Jane Thornback,
(12 min)
A Kinsey
Andrew Kinsey,
(7 min)

Sally Hancox,
(9 min)


Speaking at the event Alan Yates Technical Director for Sustainability at BRE, said ‘‘Alongside the primary benefits: vital reductions in carbon emissions, resources and waste, enhanced biodiversity and improvements for the homeowner, the Code has also given us a framework for innovating and developing new green products, technologies and design solutions, allowing UK manufacturers and consultants to be competitive in exploiting these within emerging overseas markets such as China, Brazil and other European countries.’ 

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New data on the decreasing cost of Code homes

At the event, DCLG data was released, which shows that costs of delivering homes to Level 3 & 4 of the CSH have significantly decreased since its introduction in 2007 as the supply chain for products and services has increased, in line with the volume of homes delivered. (Click the graphic below to view to whole report as a PDF file)

Cost of building to the code...

Download the full report that includes this graph (on page 6) as a PDF file

Awards recognise the Code pioneers

BRE recognised 10 organisations and individuals with awards for the significant time, effort and investment they’ve made in delivering sustainable homes under the code framework. Winners included the developer who recently completed the 100,0000th home built to the Code Click here for more information 

For more information on the Code for Sustainable Homes click here