Quality and Standards
Quality and Standards
Quality applies at all stages of the supply chain; in design, procurement, product and construction standards and in long term after care.
The Housing Forum which was set up to drive whole industry improvement. Quality is integral to this.
We have a long track-record with calls from improved quality.
Our report “Rationalising regulations for growth and innovation” (2012) demonstrated that the regulation of housebuilding standards was over complex and overlapping.
This led to our 2015 report “The Case for Home Performance Labelling” which demonstrated that a useable product to measure standards like energy performance could be feasible in the broader market.
In 2018 we published ‘Stopping Building Failures’ an industry leading report into how a collaborative approach can improve quality and workmanship.
Insights & Reports
The Housing Forum Manifesto calls for quality throughout the supply chain to:
- Tackle the legacy of build quality
- Underpin a commitment to housing supply with strong and effective planning services
- Reform public sector procurement
What the Housing Forum says about Quality and Standards
“Quality Counts” – our dedicated full day conference in November 2019 and conference report examined the key aspects of quality – in design, in procurement, in build quality and in customer experience.
Procurement reform is a key theme for 2020 amid concerns that quality is threatened by cost driven procurement.
“Stopping Building Failures” is a well-regarded report covering how a collaborative approach can improve quality and workmanship. Its three sections cover procuring for quality, harnessing innovation to prevent defects and building defect free homes.
Innovation through technology is covered in sections on Design for Manufacture and Assembly and Building Information Modelling.
Our “Kitemark for Quality” initiative is taking an on-going examination into whether a Kitemark embedding quality in housing construction could offer greater certainty to insurers by mitigating risk in a time of rising PI premiums.
Quality through the National Design Guide and Building Safety were key topics at our February 2020 Development Partnership Forum.
Building a Safer Future is integral to the Quality Partnership Forums jointly run with NHBC.
Our Innovation Forums offer opportunities to hear about the latest product developments in energy and MMC products.
Consultation responses recently have included Building a Safer Future and The Future Homes Standard.
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