The Home Quality Mark (HQM), the independently assessed mark of distinction for new homes, has uncovered the true meaning behind consumers’ house purchasing decisions.
Research from BRE reveals the £18.6 billion cost of leaving England’s housing homes unimproved. Although we’ve largely eradicated the diseases associated with the slums of the Victorian era in developed countries like England, there remain a significant number of health and safety hazards in the home. This is compounded by the fact that the UK … Continue reading “The full cost of poor housing”
One of the newest builds on the BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford, the Zero Bills Home, was launched earlier this year. It is the brainchild of zero carbon pioneer Bill Dunster, the founder of ZedFactory and creator of one of the first low carbon developments in the UK, the BedZED project. Zero Bills is a … Continue reading “The Zero Bills Home, the house of the future?”
A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions. The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It builds on a workshop held in collaboration with Care and Repair England … Continue reading “The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions”
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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced the creation of 400,000 homes by the end of the decade. This is hugely welcomed, however is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping the current housing crisis and will still mean we have 40% less homes than required. Government funds must be channelled to create … Continue reading “400,000 homes is the tip of the iceberg”
BRE has just published a new briefing paper on how poor quality housing impacts on health. The Briefing Paper, funded by the BRE Trust, updates a previous BRE project The Real Cost of Poor Housing with new models and calculations using 2011 English Housing Survey and 2011 indicative NHS treatment costs. It also widens the … Continue reading “The cost of poor housing to the NHS – Briefing Paper”