The first session of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment inquiry into the quality of new build housing took place this week (Monday 16 November) at the House of Commons.
The Inquiry examines the potential for improving every aspect of the product handed over to new home-owners. This is a subject of special significance in the wake of the Government’s recently-published National Productivity Plan, which includes the ambition to build more than one million homes in England by 2020.
On Monday the Committee heard evidence from the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI), the Local Authorities Building Control (LABC), MD Insurance Services Ltd, Zero Carbon Hub and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Three further sessions will take place over the next month.
On 23 November the session will present evidence focussed on the consumer perspective, provided by the British Research Establishment, Wingrove Law, Ben Adam-Smith, Barry Grossmith and Cornelius Jeronimus, and Phil Walker.
On 7 December the Inquiry panel will receive the Professional Institutions’ view from The National House Building Council (NHBC), the House Building Federation (HBF), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI).
The final evidence session will look at doing things differently and will take place on 14 December. The witnesses will include Laing O’Rourke and Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at the Centre for the Built Environment.
The Construction Industry Council acts as Secretariat to the Group. This is the Committee’s fourth Inquiry. It has previously published reports on better procurement, the Green Deal, and flood mitigation.