Achieving sustainable homes by 2016 in the UK: the current status

Henderson, Cara, Ganah, Abdulkadir orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9911-8505 and John, Godfaurd Adjaie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5016-5909 (2016) Achieving sustainable homes by 2016 in the UK: the current status. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 18 (2). pp. 547-560. ISSN 1387-585X

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The code for sustainable homes (CSH), which came into existence in 2006, has not yet been investigated to determine whether its rate of adoption is on course to meet the UK government’s 2016 target for full implementation. Therefore, the aim of this investigation is to ascertain the level to which CSH has been implemented and the barriers preventing this. A questionnaire survey was sent to 71 of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) member organisations in the UK, to gauge and ascertain the following: the barriers to the implementation of CSH; the implications of implementation; and the general
awareness of CSH amongst practitioners. The results from the analysis of the survey reveal that full implementation by 2016 appears a rather difficult target, as factors like economic downturn are hitting HBF and similar organisations quite hard. However, a government driven injection of sustainable schemes is helping to bring back confidence to house
builders, while also enhancing the way that barriers are handled within the industry. The key findings of the literature review identify barriers preventing the housing sector from achieving zero carbon homes by 2016. These include cost, and legislative, cultural and technical barriers, and are concordant with the results from the data obtained during the primary research. The analysis suggests that with the current trend, achieving full implementation will be difficult. However, comments made by some practitioners appear to suggest that the appointment of a CSH champion for implementation would accelerate the process of full implementation and that the target could be reached by 2016.

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