The United Nations report on UK Housing has been released. The report concludes that we are facing a critical situation in terms of availability, affordability and access to adequate housing. No great surprise, yet it is hoped the report will act as a wake-up call for politicians.
The Homes and Communities Agency has launched their latest Affordable Homes Programme with £1.7 billion investment. They also held a Construction Forum on 4 February and the presentation slides can be downloaded. The government announced the axing of windows and doors regulations, to get Britain building houses. And Greg Barker has announced the availability of £10 million for SMEs that provide energy efficient products.
The energy bill revolution had its cold homes week at the beginning of February. They are calling on the government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help make homes super-energy efficient.
One year on from the launch of the Green Deal there are still calls for the Government to step in to bolster the scheme. Paul King, from the UK Green Building Council claimsthat the “Green Deal should have the same priority as HS2”.
A new report into the cost of meeting the zero carbon standard has been released by the Zero Carbon Hub. Findings indicate costs have declined significantly since 2011, and are expected to continue to fall as we approach 2020.
The Green Construction Board “has had its two year anniversary and announced they will continue to work towards low carbon construction for another two years.