MPs to investigate the quality of new homes in Britain

Posted 2 October 2015 by Keith Osborne

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPG EBE) has announced its 4th Inquiry, examining the quality of new build housing in England and looking at ways that every aspect of new homes might be improved.

The inquiry comes soon after the publication of thegovernment’s National Productivity Plan, which states the aim of building more than one million homes in England by 2020.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has established its 4th Commission of Inquiry will call upon organisations, businesses and individuals to submit evidence on how the quality of new build housing might be improved.

The Commission is particularly looking for evidence of practical strategies in areas such as:

  • improving the design quality and spatial standards of new homes, both at the level of individual properties and whole housing estates;
  • ensuring a better quality workmanship;  
  • ensuring the effective control and implementation of regulations impacting on the construction of new homes;
  • the potential for implementing smart housing with interoperable services and the provision of better and smarter information to new homeowners;
  • bringing  forward the opportunities afforded by technology imcluding offsite manufacturing, 3D printing and BIM
  • providing new innovative ideas for design quality improvement;
  • cutting operational and maintenance costs for the homeowner
  • improving new home owner experience
  • improving customer service

The APPGEBE Commission of Inquiry comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions and key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society.  

Written submissions are requested to be received no later than Friday 30 October 2015.

This will be the Committee's fourth report and the findings of the Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing will be published in early 2016.

Find out more about the terms of submitting evidence here or contact APPGEBE secretary Graham Watts OBE at ; 020 7399 7402


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