Phase 2 of the campaign
Following a successful first year of the Vanguard Campaign, the Good Homes Alliance is embarking on a further year of work to further encourage developers and local authorities to adopt enhanced sustainability standards for new homes.
During the past year, a number of significant events have further bolstered the need for this campaign, most importantly the IPCC Climate Change report and the recent call to action from Sir David Attenborough.
The outputs for phase 2 are being drawn up in response to feedback from over 140 delegates that attended our events in Cambridge, Exeter and Leeds over the last year. More events and activities are planned for 2019 so watch this space.
If you would like to get involved and support the campaign, please contact Julian Brooks at email@example.com.
The need for enhanced performance
In sustainability terms, performance seemed to be improving up to 2015, due to the widespread adoption of the Code for Sustainable Homes, despite its flaws. However, since the abolition of the Code, it has been difficult to know what standards to adopt for any housing clients wanting to achieve anything above minimum Building Regulation requirements. Furthermore, enhanced standards cannot be adopted as a requirement through the planning process, but can be adopted voluntarily, including on homes built on Council-owned land.
Despite these restrictions, many local authority housing departments and progressive developers are keen to develop housing to better than minimum standards, as this will lead to better health for occupants, help reduce fuel poverty, and create better neighbourhoods and long-term local value. Several have started work on their own version of an enhanced standard, including the Greater London Authority (Zero carbon), Exeter City Council (Passivhaus and Bau Biologie), Cambridge City Council (via their “Cambridge Sustainable Housing Design Guide” published in February 2017), HAB (Happiness, architecture and beauty) and Igloo (igloo footprint). Supporting and encouraging this is a core objective of the Good Homes Alliance.
Phase 1 of the campaign
In promoting standards which deliver higher quality, the GHA ran series of regional events around the country to up over 100 public and private-sector developers. The events are based on regional champions and projects from the existing GHA membership, and we used the exemplar case studies to explore the different aspects of higher performance such as health & well-being and ‘net positive’ developments.
The three events that took place in 2018 were: