Nearly 40 leading homebuilders endorsed the newly-released Future Homes Delivery Plan, which outlines how the industry will work together to meet the government’s environmental targets of zero-carbon ready homes by 2025.
Other key goals in the plan are building low-carbon and nature-rich developments by 2025 and using production and construction methods that are net zero and sustainable by 2050, with substantial progress to meet that goal by 2025.
Housebuilders also say they will keep their business operations in line to be net zero by 2050, with at least a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
The plan acts as a roadmap to achieving those goals. It was developed by the Future Homes Task Force, which is made up of industry leaders and experts.
“The government has set out a clear legal framework for tackling climate change and restoring the natural world,” said Neil Jefferson, co-chair of the task force and of the Home Builders Federation. “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.
“Today’s launch sees the sector taking leadership of the agenda,” he continued. “The broad range of stakeholders involved will hold each other to account and ensure we deliver on this vital agenda as quickly and effectively as is possible. We want to ensure that we build on the huge progress made so far and deliver world-leading, environmentally friendly, high-quality housing.”
Rachael Whelan, the land and sustainability director for Cheshire-based Archway Homes, was a member of the task force as well. She said: “In a world where our environmental agenda is becoming increasingly important to our future, the Future Homes Task Force has provided an excellent forum for key organisations to collaborate and define the roadmap for our housing industry.
“I am very proud to have been a part of this process and Archway Homes, having already taken the decision to build all our houses to EPC A rating, is very much committed to this agenda and taking our houses forward to the Future Homes Standard for the benefit of our customers and future generations.”
To help oversee the delivery of the plan, a special hub will be launched in September. The hub will identify the metrics and more detailed targets for the goals outlined in the plan.
Nearly 40 companies endorsed the Future Homes Delivery Plan, including Bellway, Persimmon, Lovell, Wates, Wainhomes, Bloor Homes, Countryside and Miller Homes. The plan is supported by Homes England and Ofgem as well.