The housing crisis is Britain is not just one of a shortage of homes. Our housing stock is among the oldest and coldest in Europe and the cost of heating leaking properties is leading to a rise in fuel poverty.
The BRE’s Home Quality Mark aims to tackle this problem, and it is intended to help house hunters, both tenants and buyers choose a home with low energy and water costs. BRE chief executive, Dr Peter Bonfield said he hopes the mark will become a “de facto sign of a better home”, which encourages the mortgage and construction industry to get behind sustainable living. But it may take innovation from abroad for the industry to change.
One response to the problem being pioneered by Volula is offsite manufacture, where parts are mass produced and houses are then assembled onsite, rather than building the whole home from scratch as is typical in the UK.
The architect led company, headquartered in the north-east, has created in Blyth a terrace of four carbon zero properties for rent known as Spacehus homes – for Arch Homes, a private regeneration and development company wholly owned by Northumberland county council. […]