MPs to investigate house-building quality including design quality of individual houses and estates.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment is concerned that the push for a massive increase in new housing supply could lead to a deterioration in quality and intends to examine the potential for improving every aspect of the houses handed over to new home-owners including the design quality of individual homes and estates.

The commission is looking for evidence of practical strategies that, for example:

improve design quality and spatial standards, both at the level of individual new homes and estates of new housing;
ensure better quality workmanship;
ensure the effective control and implementation of regulations impacting on the construction of new homes;
have the potential for implementing smart housing with interoperable services and the provision of better and smarter information to new homeowners;
bring forward the opportunities afforded by offsite manufacturing, 3D printing, BIM and other new technologies;
provide new innovative ideas for design quality improvement;
cut operational and maintenance costs for the homeowner; and
improve new home owner experience and improved customer service.

Written submissions should be sent to APPGInquiry@cic.org.uk no later than Friday 30th October 2015. There is further information on the CIC website.

http://cic.org.uk/services/inquiry-into-the-quality-of-new-build-housing-in-england.php

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