Build Net Zero Now


The Good Homes Alliance Build Net Zero Now campaign aims to empower progressive Local Authorities, Housing Associations and housebuilders, and their supply chains, by providing them with the knowledge and tools to deliver net zero housing.

Following a year-long series of topical events and targeted outputs, including new and freely available net zero case studies and design briefs, phase one of the campaign concluded at the GHA Build Net Zero Now Conference in October 2021.

The campaign outputs have proved vital for the 30+ members of our fast-growing LA Vanguard and HA Pathfinder networks from across the UK, who collectively represent 350,000 existing homes and 120,000 new build homes to be developed in the next 10 years.

Despite the success of the campaign, the need to accelerate the delivery of net zero housing is more urgent than ever. Build Net Zero Now continues into 2022 with renewed vigour.

Focus for 2022


A number of themes were identified during the first year of the campaign which warranted further focus during the second phase. The themes (shown below) reflect the GHA’s holistic approach to sustainable development, as outlined in our manifesto.


The delivery of outputs will be facilitated by a number of working groups focussing on the campaign themes. Each theme will be ‘championed’ by an expert GHA board member and tasked with delivering a targeted and much-needed output that will help accelerate the delivery of net zero housing.

The working groups will be open to all GHA members and invited experts, including clients, architects, consultants, developers and supply chain organisations, and complimented by a series of events, workshops and case studies.

A steering group will be launched in May 2022 which will set the focus for the working groups, events and campaign outputs. The steering group will consist of the GHA executive team, expert board members and campaign sponsors.

Proposed outputs include:

– Guidance on energy/grid issues and solutions/smart tech

– Guidance on holistic financial approaches to net zero development

– Building Performance Evaluation training materials for QA/BPE assessors

– Residents’ feedback/engagement with new technology e.g. ASHP

– Guide to net zero viability assessments (for planners)

– Research exploring quality of placemaking in net zero developments

– Research exploring tension between net zero planning policy and practice

During the first year of the campaign, we held topical BNZN online events on Net Zero and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Embodied Carbon and Green Finance. The event series concluded with the GHA Build Net Zero Now Conference in October 2021.

For 2022, we will host further BNZN events exploring the key themes described above, kicking off with an event on Net Zero Energy in May 2022.

During phase one of the campaign, we published 14 new net zero and ultra-low energy new build housing case studies, thanks to funding from MCS Charitable Foundation. The exemplar projects help to share best practice and learning within the GHA membership network and wider industry.

The case studies can be viewed on our Knowledge Base and showcase a range of construction methodologies and low energy building approaches, including net zero targets as defined by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and RIBA in their 2030 Climate Challenge.

We will be developing further case studies during 2022.

Sustainable Development Foundation

The GHA is looking for a number of progressive organisations within the sector to support the working groups and help deliver vital resources for the industry.

Sponsors receive a range of benefits including speaking opportunities at events, invitations to co-chair and attend regular facilitated working groups, case studies and recognition of your support in any outputs such as guidance documents and press releases.

It is also possible to sponsor the entire Phase Two of the GHA Build Net Zero Now Campaign. This is a unique opportunity for your organisation to show sector leadership on the net zero agenda with involvement across all working groups.

To enquire about sponsorship, please contact Richard Broad, Projects & Communications Manager, Good Homes Alliance –

"The Good Homes Alliance has been a supporter of a net zero approach for over 10 years. The ambition shown from within our progressive membership indicates that net zero housing can be built, not by 2025 or 2030, but NOW!"


"The first year of the campaign proved that many organisations within industry are striving to deliver net zero housing faster than required by regulations. Phase 2 of the campaign will continue this momentum, delving further into the detail of net zero delivery and maximising collaborations between like-minded clients and solution providers.”



The working groups will be open and free-to-join for GHA members and invited experts.

For each group we are looking for contributors with a range of skillsets and knowledge levels, with members encouraged to apply for the working group that best aligns with their specific expertise.

It is anticipated that working group meetings will occur as a minimum quarterly, but members may be expected to join ad-hoc specialist workshops. All meetings will take place virtually for the foreseeable future.

There is no cost to attend working group meetings, but it is anticipated that group members will be prepared to provide some in-kind contribution towards the delivery of outputs.

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