Our Mission

Our aim is to promote and encourage the building of quality sustainable homes and communities and to transform the whole of mainstream UK house building into a sustainable endeavour.

We do this by promoting higher quality sustainable housing standards via collaborations with industry and government, creating active knowledge exchange networks, best practice sharing, running events, lobbying for change, partnering on research, commissioning publications and holding conferences.

The GHA currently is focussing on three main themes:

  • Measures to improve health & wellbeing, especially reducing the risk of overheating in new homes
  • Identifying routes to achieve zero energy/ carbon neutral or carbon positive housing
  • Helping to address the housing crisis by exploring alternative housing delivery models

Working Groups

Three cross sectoral working groups have been established to address the three themes:

Launch of GHA Manifesto at Ecobuild 2017

Our Manifesto

The GHA launched our new manifesto – 'A Charter for Responsible Housebuilding' at Ecobuild on Wednesday 8th March 2017. It’s been 10 years since the GHA was formed and we believe our message on quality sustainable housing is as important as ever!

The manifesto sets out the following actions that we believe are necessary to help bring a quality focus back to new housing:

New UK wide near-zero carbon targets for new homes should be re-implemented with a new trajectory and timetable
Inhabitants’ health and wellbeing must be embedded in all aspects of the design and construction process
The Quality Control process at every stage from concept to completion must be tightened up and improved
The Building Regulations Part L and F should be reviewed
The compliance system based on SAP and EPCs is not fit for purpose and a new system is required that addresses energy demand reduction targets and post-construction verification
The skills needed to achieve quality construction must be embedded at every stage from concept to completion and for all disciplines, trades and professions
Housebuilders and Renewable Energy developers must work together to develop new cost effective strategies to meet the new carbon reduction targets