Good Homes Alliance (GHA) and British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) have appointed a consortium of experts to deliver important new guidance on shading. The guide follows on from popular industry guidance developed by GHA on minimising and mitigating overheating risk in new and existing homes.

The work is being led by an experienced team at award-winning architect Pollard Thomas Edwards, including sustainability lead Tom Dollard, author of ‘Designed to Perform’, and Passivhaus designer Joseba Perez. The wider project team includes renowned engineering firm Max Fordham, and Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change at Oxford Brookes University.

The project is supported by Ballymore, BBSA, Caribbean Blinds, Guthrie Douglas and Louvolite, and project managed by Good Homes Alliance. The guidance will launch in October 2023 and is aimed at a range of stakeholders including architects, local authorities, housing associations, private developers, and policy makers.

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What is in the guidance?

The project will culminate in the publication of important new industry guidance and case studies exploring challenges facing the housebuilding industry due to a rapidly changing climate, and the need for a change in design approach to make shading devices the new vernacular for both new and existing homes.

The guidance will explore challenges facing housing developers and why there is a need for shading; the benefits and applications of different shading devices; internal vs external shading barriers to shading in conservation areas; the role of Part O (Overheating) and new planning policy; and the importance of resilient design and provision for future shading.

Call for case studies

As part of the project the research team are looking for case studies with examples of shading devices on new build and retrofit homes. If you would like to share information on a project where a shading solution has been successfully implemented or any challenges you have faced, please do get in touch –

For more information about the project, please contact Richard Broad, Projects Manager, Good Homes Alliance –

New shading guidance to address challenges facing the housebuilding industry due to a changing climate

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