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Leading organisations sound warning about housing standards review
The Environmental Audit Committee launched an Inquiry into the Government consultation to examine the Housing Standards Review and the Code for Sustainable Homes.
By: Sustainable Homes
All the above institutions acknowledge that there is an urgent need for rationalisation and simplification of the existing housing standards.
The UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association concur that CSH was helpful since it set out the direction of travel for Building Regulations and gave a sense of what best practice should be for developers. Therefore CSH complete demise would result in losing a momentum that has shaped the way homes have been built over the years. Although CSH became overly administrative, bureaucratic and more costly that initially expected it has many good points and these should not be lost within new Housing standards.
According to the UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association if CSH is to be phased out a new central scheme, a common framework needs to be developed in order to avoid a chaos of local inconsistent schemes and to further drive the improvement in the industry.
The UK Green Buildings council and the Construction Product Association strongly disagree with the omission of any consideration about materials in the new Housing Standards.
The Royal Town Planning Institute believes that not sufficient attention has been paid to the potential for higher standards to bring the significant savings for users. Particularly there is a potential for lenders to incorporate the savings as an incentive mechanism into their lending evaluation
The Royal Town Planning Institute and the UK Green Building Council share the view that the suitable transitional measures should be put in place by Local Planning Authorities to incorporate standards until the new regulations take over.
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