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BEIS funding new research on low cost, lower carbon housing

‘Building for 2050’ project will consider key drivers and potential hurdles to building more sustainable homes

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) is funding fresh research as part of a project intended to shape future policy making around the construction of low cost, low carbon homes.

AECOM has been tasked to deliver the ‘Building for 2050’ project by looking at current drivers, challenges and possible hurdles preventing construction of low carbon housing at a lower cost in line with broader aims to ensure more sustainable building. This will focus primarily on the role of design in improving building performance.

However, key considerations will include looking at the role of new materials and technology to cut carbon emissions and energy needs.

The research will be project managed by AECOM and is anticipated to be completed in 2020. Organisations such as Pollard Thomas Edwards, Four Walls and Delta-EE will also provide input as part of the wider research team.

The views of house builders and developers will be included in the study as the government looks to expand the number of new houses in the country while at the same time meeting aims of the recently published Clean Growth Strategy. The strategy seeks to set out a roadmap for decarbonising functions such as heating.

AECOM’s remit as part of the Building for 2050 research will be to consider the opinions and experiences of organisations funding and designing properties, whether they are involved or not in low carbon housing construction. Homeowners will also be asked to provide feedback.

“A sample of residents’ attitudes and expectations will be identified prior to them moving in to the selected developments, followed by feedback once they have moved in and again once they have spent some months in their new homes. To provide context, views will be sought from wider stakeholders – both professionals and consumers,” said a statement on the research.

 “Observations from the design and construction stages and analysis of the performance, together with the opinions provided, will inform the steps required to accelerate the uptake of low cost low carbon homes.”

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