Futurebuild 2022

The net zero challenge for new homes – part 2

COP26 further stressed what we already knew. If we are to meet our net zero commitments and limit global warming, we must start delivering net zero buildings NOW.

Q&A: beyond zero carbon homes

Q&A panel discussion chaired by Lynne Sullivan (Good Homes Alliance). The panel includes Adam Mactavish (Currie & Brown), Nicole Lazarus (Zero Carbon at Scale) and Tom Dollard (PTE)

Standards and policies for Energy

Lynne Sullivan (Good Homes Alliance) talks through the latest standards and policies for zero carbon homes

Early stage guidance to prevent overheating

Susie Diamond (Inkling LLP) discusses the Good Homes Alliance overheating project

Q&A: designing out the risks of overheating

Q&A panel discussion chaired by Lynne Sullivan (Good Homes Alliance). The panel includes Richard Partington (Studio Partington), Susie Diamond (Inkling LLP), Dr Julie Godefroy (CIBSE), Dr Anastasia Mylona (CIBSE) and Victoria Tink (MHCLG)

Q&A: construction quality in a post-Grenfell world

(20 mins) Q&A panel discussion with Lynne Sullivan (Good Homes Alliance), Richard Cook (Lendlease), Paula Higgins (Home Owners Alliance), Peter Caplehorne (CPA), and Robin Nicholson (Cullinan Studio and The Edge).

Recommendations to the industry post-Grenfell

(6 mins) Lynne Sullivan from the Good Homes Alliance discusses the issues raised after Grenfell and recommendations to the industry for change.


Pathfinder Network meeting #5

The fifth meeting of the Pathfinder Network of Housing Associations. This is available to Pathfinder members only.


GHA Bitesize Webinar Series – COLLABORATE NOW! Finding specific R&D collaboration opportunities to accelerate our way to Net Zero

The second event in our Bitesize Webinar series.

Net Zero and Circular Economy targets are driving innovation for developers and the whole supply chain, with UK and European R&D funding programmes strongly supporting this.

The need to develop net zero solutions that are affordable, repeatable and carbon and cost effective, that can also work within the many constraints of the planning system, means major innovations are needed from the product and technology design level to the whole build-system and development level. If we are to use credible definitions and measures of net zero this era of innovation has a long way to go to drive down operational and embodied carbon, in parallel with achieving the circular economy goal of net zero waste.

Innovate UK, Horizon Europe and LEP grant programmes are providing numerous opportunities to secure significant grant funding for strong partnerships with strong R&D proposals. How can GHA members and wider industrycollaborate to access this support and accelerate net zero R&D that addresses their needs? How can GHA facilitate and support such collaborations? Are there R&D opportunities that GHA can take forward with natural partners like ASBP?

Good Homes Alliance was joined by Steve Charter, Director and co-founder of Heritage Wind Ltd, an R&D focused company that is developing a net zero and energy security solution that can genuinely contribute to place making, to explore specific opportunities for GHA members and wider industry to develop collaborative R&D partnerships to tackle many of the current and future challenges on the path to net zero.



The Value of Solar Property

This report, by Solar Energy UK, highlights the financial benefits of installing a solar energy system, which for a typical home could increase its sales price by at least £1,800, and reduce annual energy bills by more than £300. Overall, the impact of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is clear.

  • Solar power systems: 5 Increase the sale price of a home.
  • Help futureproof homes, by ensuring a source of clean, cheap energy for new low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps.
  • Reduce bills, by producing power to supply some of a home’s energy demand.
  • Enable surplus power to be sold back to the grid.
  • Reduce carbon emissions and improve the environmental performance of a home.

Download the report

The principal funding for this report was provided by the MCS Charitable Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Forster Group, Huawei, Larkfleet Smart Homes, and Viridian Solar.


Vanguard Network meeting #9

The ninth meeting of the Vangaurd Network of local authorities. This is available to Vanguard members only.


GHA Bitesize Webinar Series – HEAR THIS! The implications of acoustics for compliance with Part F and Part O

The first event in our Bitesize Webinar series.


Webinar: Overheating risk tool for retrofit – Beta launch

About the tool

The new tool responds to demand from designers, housing associations, environmental health officers, and other parties concerned with overheating risks in the existing housing stock, which are likely to increase further due to climate change and higher temperatures.

This tool is intended for use at the early stages of residential retrofit projects, or on existing homes, in order to identify key factors contributing to overheating risk and possible mitigation measures. It is applicable to existing homes, retrofits, and conversions of non-domestic buildings to residential accommodation.

The tool and guidance are meant to be easy to use by non-specialists to inform early-stage big impact decisions. They promote holistic consideration of overheating risk together with the site context and linked design issues such as ventilation and noise. The potential impacts of energy efficiency measures through retrofit are included, but the tool also highlights the important opportunities for retrofit to contribute not only to overheating risk mitigation, but also improvements in air quality and energy efficiency.

This launch is a beta version, and the team will look to produce a revised version in early Autumn 2022. Please get in touch if you would like to provide feedback or trial this version on a project and inform the revision.

Watch the launch

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Authors and supporters

The work has been led by Julie Godefroy of Julie Godefroy Sustainability, with support from Susie Diamond of Inkling LLP.

The project has been co-funded by the National Energy Foundation, and the BEIS funded REFINE project on radical decarbonisation of social housing through whole house energy retrofits.

The REFINE project is one of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrators led by Warwick District Council and Oxford Brookes University with Enhabit/QODA Consulting and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.

We would like to thank the following steering group members for their input during the project:

  • Hayley Chivers, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Paul Ciniglio, National Energy Foundation
  • Prof. Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Sarah Price, QODA Consulting
  • Katharine Ray, Warwick District Council
  • Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Tim Wilcockson, QODA Consulting

More information

For more information about the Overheating in Retrofit and Existing Homes tool, please contact Julie Godefroy – or Susie Diamond –

For more information about the Good Homes Alliance, please contact Julian Brooks, Programmes Director –, 0330 355 6274.


Pathfinder Network meeting #4

The fourth meeting of the Pathfinder Network of Housing Associations. This is available to Pathfinder members only.


Committee Report – 21/03619/REM – Castle (Land Between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road, Cambridge)

Committee report regarding a proposal in Cambridge of over 100 units. 

Deemed of interest to the Vanguard group that includes a new planning condition on futureproofing homes for air source heat pumps.  Condition 14 on page 63 of the report. 


Sustainable city regions: How can we enable zero carbon living at scale?

Urgent action to create sustainable city regions is essential to support sustainable, zero-carbon living and to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. Using inspirational case studies from leading city regions from around the world, this session will enable policy makers, community groups and development professionals to learn from City leaders who have helped to create exemplar built-environment projects, explaining:

  • How city and region-wide initiatives can be used to create clean energy, and to help people use resources sustainably
  • How barriers to creating a zero-carbon built environment, in development and operation, can be overcome,
  • How community engagement can be enhanced to create sustainable cities and regions that work for everyone,
  • How regional government, communities, and the built environment sector can work together to unlock sustainable living at scale,
  • How to deliver a zero-carbon region in practice.

Click HERE to watch the event recording


  • Sue Riddlestone OBE, CEO, Bioregional
  • Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair, Good Homes Alliance
  • Brad Pettitt, Member of the Legislative Council of West Australia
  • Bill Cotton, Strategic Director, Environment and Place, Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council
  • Mayor Eckart Würzner, Honorary Professor at the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg, Sustainable City-Planning and Smart City’s

Click HERE to watch the event recording