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RIBA reacts to House of Lords Built Environment Committee report – Meeting Housing Demand

RIBA President, Simon Allford's reacts to the Committee's report on how the UK's demand for new housing can be met.

10 January 2022

In September 2021 the RIBA responded to the Committee's inquiry into the UK’s demand new housing and it could be met. The Committee have today published a report on their findings – read our reaction below.

RIBA President, Simon Allford said:

"We welcome many of the Committee’s recommendations, especially those that call for additional local authority funding to increase social housing stock, stricter rules on permitted development and greater quotas for age-friendly homes. We also welcome suggestions on how the Government can support the diversification of the housebuilding sector to include SME developers.

But we’re disappointed at the lack of environmental considerations. There’s no mention of Post Occupancy Evaluation – a critical tool to ensure that buildings are performing effectively and efficiently once in use – or reference to retrofitting our existing housing stock.

We hope that the future work of the Committee will address these issues."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Media contact: Isabel.Campbell@riba.org 020 7496 8349
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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