Howard Chapman

CIOB supports new National Housing Taskforce to tackle housing crisis

  • 2 Aug 2016

Howard Chapman welcomes the CIOB’s call for evidence on skills, materials and technology in the housing sector, as part of a new Government-led taskforce to tackle the UK housing crisis.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is supporting the National Housing Taskforce, a new Government-led housing coalition convened by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning. 

The Taskforce, which has recently met with the new Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell MP, boasts twelve work-streams to cover planning reform, housing associations, construction skills, mortgage finance and more. Each ‘work-stream’ is being led by a relevant organisation, which will submit recommendations to the Taskforce later in the year.

As part of the Taskforce, the CIOB has launched a call for evidence into skill, materials and new technology in the housing sector. Its work-stream will focus on availability, productivity and diversity within the construction labour market; it will also cover materials and new technology, including off-site manufacture and modern methods of construction (MMC) and how they relate to skills and improved productivity.

Call for evidence

Whilst studies have shown that the housing sector needs 120,000 new employees just to meet the required annual level of homes the UK needs, house builders say that they cannot build more than 150,000 homes per year via conventional means.

CIOB‘Something needs to fundamentally change if we are to properly address the housing crisis,’ says the CIOB’s Policy Manager, David Hawkes. ‘We need more people working more productively and we have to work out how best to utilise and implement new technologies, materials and processes.’

The CIOB welcomes submissions from the industry, government, education establishments, professionals and other interested stakeholders in these areas. They are particularly interested in any successful skills or technology initiatives that are operating at scale, or could be scaled up.

Evidence needs to be submitted by 17:00 on 9th September 2016 and the final National Housing Taskforce report is expected by Spring 2017.

Related stories on Buildingtalk:

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Nationwide Windows

Nationwide launch next generation GRP fire door range

Nationwide Windows & Doors has devoted time, clever product design and testing at levels never previously seen to launch its next generation GRP fire door range.

Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Health & Safety, Innovations & New Products, Retrofit & Renovation, Security and Fire Protection, Windows


2020 weather data proves humidity concern for construction say Aggreko

Data showing spiking humidity levels on construction sites are a growing concern for the sector, according to a new report from temporary power company, Aggreko.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Information Technology, Posts, Research & Materials Testing, Site Preparation, Thermal Imaging and Monitors


Kingspan chosen for affordable housing scheme

Leading housing provider Stonewater is taking full advantage of the excellent thermal efficiency of Kingspan Kooltherm K108 Cavity Board at a new affordable housing development in Dorset.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Case Studies, Insulation, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls


The Power of Many: national supply, local service from Freefoam

Freefoam has strong ties with contractors, architects and specifiers, thanks to its ‘The Power of Many’ approach.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Cladding, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Roofs, Walls