On 18 April UKGBC held an event in the House of Commons, hosted by Rebecca Pow MP, marking the next phase of our work on health and wellbeing in homes. At the event we launched a new briefing note on healthy housebuilding that highlighted, with reference to a new householder survey and selected case studies, that building homes that optimise health and wellbeing outcomes for residents can be delivered at little or no extra cost. Quantity and quality can definitely go hand in hand. The householder survey found that, for better health and wellbeing, people’s preferences include natural light, thermal comfort, a place to eat together and green landscaping.

Rebecca Pow MP said:

“Today’s UKGBC briefing note makes clear that the drive for large numbers of homes need not be at the expense of the environment, quality and good design. I feel sure that it will be a useful practical resource for Parliamentarians in our conversations with local developers and planning departments.”

A debate – led by a panel of built environment professionals and Parliamentarians – generated a wide-ranging discussion on the need for the major housebuilding drive promised by Government to deliver homes of high quality, which actively foster good health and wellbeing outcomes for householders and their communities. These are themes that UKGBC will be pursuing vigorously with Government over the coming months through the healthy housebuilding briefing note and our policy and advocacy work.

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