A research project to help housebuilders meet the challenge of delivering low-cost, low-carbon housing has been launched as part of the sector deal in the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The £1.4m research project, called “Building for 2050”, is being led by Aecom and will gather evidence from three housing developments in Swansea, Bristol and Manchester with the aim of uncovering the barriers to developing low-cost, low-carbon housing.
The project will test innovative methods of construction and will involve working closely with households throughout the project to track their views, and to report on progress as we seek to reduce the environmental impact of UK homes by 2050.
The project will examine the drivers, attitudes, barriers and challenges relating to low-cost, low-carbon housing. It will consider both the pull and push factors from some developers in delivering housing fit for the future.
Increasing the numbers of such homes being built will contribute to the ambitious targets within the Clean Growth Strategy and reduce energy use and bills for residents, while delivering attractive and comfortable homes.
The Aecom-led team will capture the experiences of those directly involved with selected low-carbon housing developments, reviewing the designs and observing construction activities; assessing the performance of sample dwellings; and determining the performance of selected dwellings in use.
The full team comprises:
- Aecom (Research team lead)
- Pollard Thomas Edwards (Architect and communications)
- Fourwalls (BPE lead)
- Delta-ee (Low Carbon Technology specialists)
The team will identify the views of funders, developers, and design teams – those actively involved in low-carbon housing and those currently not.
Image: Sustainable housing on Portland in Dorset England (Ollie Taylor/Dreamstime)