The plan outlines a path to enable the homebuilding sector to plan early and collaborate with inter-related sectors, such as suppliers, skills providers, infrastructure and the conservation community, as well as the government, to build high quality, environmentally-friendly homes and places.
It will cover a full range of environmental targets, from net zero carbon emissions to nature, air and water quality, resources and waste, as well as wider goals around sustainable placemaking and resilience to the impacts of climate change.
The sequenced roadmap sets a series of goals and milestones that need to be met along the way, incorporating government policies, such as the Future Homes Standard and Biodiversity Net Gain.
The plan — comprising leading figures from the relevant homebuilding, supply chain, skills, environmental, planning, academic, infrastructure, utilities and regulatory communities — details several headline goals to deliver:
- high quality homes that are zero carbon ready and sustainable by 2025, with early investigation of the steps beyond
- places and developments that are consistently low carbon, nature rich, resilient healthy and well designed by 2025
- production and construction methods that are net zero and sustainable by 2050, with substantial progress by 2025 and 2030
- businesses operations in line with the Race to Zero — net zero by 2050 with a 50% reduction by 2030
To drive and oversee this, a new delivery hub will be launched in September, with the support and involvement of the government.
The hub will help facilitate a sector-wide approach to identify the metrics, more detailed targets where necessary, methods and innovations to meet the goals and the collaborations required with supply chains and other sectors.
It will incorporate the needs of all parties, including the public and private sector and, crucially, consumers, so they can all play their part in delivering environmentally-conscious homes.
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The roadmap approach and the new hub will have a particular focus on helping SME businesses by providing them with sufficient time, advice and support to develop the people and processes necessary to enable them to deliver on environmental goals.
“I welcome the work of the Future Homes Task Force, which has brought together leaders across the fields that contribute to and influence homebuilding and has created this roadmap for meeting these challenges,” said housing minister, Robert Jenrick.
“It is right that the industry is stepping up to play a leadership role here; delivery and innovation to meet the challenges requires common purpose and partnerships that are being formed.
“As we drive forward our plan for the UK to meet its 2050 net zero target, we are determined to improve the energy efficiency of our homes and reduce carbon emissions in a way that is fair and affordable to everyone.”
Neil Jefferson, co-chair at the Future Homes Task Force, commented: “The government has set out a clear legal framework for tackling climate change and restoring the natural world.
“Meeting these targets means a wholesale change in how we design and build homes for future generations; this is a challenge we are committed to tackling head on.
“We want to ensure that we build on the huge progress made so far and deliver world leading, environmentally-friendly, high quality housing.”
Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, stated: “The Future Homes Task Force brought together leaders in the housing sector to explore how we could all play our part in response to the urgent challenges of climate change.
“We all recognised the critical requirement to take a leap towards our net zero carbon future and do this collaboratively.
“Delivering energy-efficient homes in well designed and sustainable communities requires vision, collective leadership and innovation.
“The Future Homes Delivery Plan sets out a vision with ambitious near-term commitments and provides, alongside government policy, a clear set of expectations for the housing sector to deliver better outcomes for people, places and the planet.”
Beccy Speight, CEO at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said that the delivery plan was an important starting point for this initiative, adding that the housing sector has a critical role to play in responding to both the nature and climate emergencies, and in helping to meet many of the environment bill targets.