Published earlier this month by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the white paper outlines the government’s aims to strengthen the UK’s current housing supply, whilst investing in the housing market to ensure the needs of the population are met.
The government intends to make housing more affordable by planning for the right homes in the right places and building houses faster. This initiative will ensure that development plans are implemented to expected timescales, holding developers accountable for the delivery of new homes.
The white paper highlights the importance of implementing an effective system of Building Regulations and building control. Homes must be built to consistently high quality standards: they should be equally energy efficient, sustainable, accessible, safe, and secure.
The government also aims to diversify the market by encouraging modern methods of construction in housebuilding; it will also commit to supporting people in their own homes, and helping them ‘now’ by offering flexible and accessible housing.
Before the white paper was published, Reynaers conducted a survey among almost a hundred architects, asking what they thought the government’s priority should be in order to meet housing reform demands.
62% argued for affordable housing; 16% for flexible housing. The remaining 13% and 9% cited energy efficiency and maximising space, respectively. The white paper reflects the company’s findings.
In short, the white paper will set the direction for the government’s housing policy in the long term, placing an emphasis on the delivery of accessible and affordable homes.
In order to meet the new guidelines for accessible homes, Reynaers has developed and launched a new variant of its CS 77 ‘turn before tilt’ window. With the handle located at the bottom of the frame, the window is easy to reach, close and open for those with a disability or decreased mobility.
Products such as the CS 77 ensure that Reynaers is well-placed to help architects and developers to meet the government’s housing reforms. Its aluminium windows and doors have been used in the Greenwich Square regeneration development, where half of the 600 homes being built will be affordable.
Greenwich Square is being constructed using sustainable materials and techniques, including on-site energy technology. Reynaers’ fenestration solution will help to control heat and air permeability, reducing costs for the development’s residents.
The development aims to deliver a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating by its completion later this year. It also intends to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standards.
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