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Addressing the concerns of building new homes at speed

NHBC Foundation launches new guide at CIH event in Brighton today (07/03/2013)

To address the issues that innovative construction techniques used to build new homes quickly and sustainably can deliver their objectives, NHBC Foundation has today launched a new research review Building sustainable homes at speed: risks and rewards at a breakfast briefing alongside the CIH South East Conference and Exhibition in Brighton.

The research review seeks to identify some of the risks and rewards of innovative construction methods that have had speed of construction at the centre of the design rationale. Through a number of case studies, the publication looks at the rewards and risks of each, with the intention of informing those involved in such schemes in the future.

Discussions at the CIH breakfast briefing today will look at current housing figures, the issues of a sudden upturn in output and how the case studies in this publication can help the industry plan for future developments. The Building sustainable homes at speed review will be showcased during this presentation by Mehban Chowdery, Regional Director for NHBC.

Rod MacEachrane, Director of NHBC Foundation, commented: “House builders considering using innovative systems to build new homes are often faced with difficult judgements about whether these approaches can fulfil objectives and produce fit-for-purpose housing.

“As with any new methods of construction, there are some risks associated with their use across all stages of the project, and this new NHBC Foundation research review contains detailed case study information of eight different developments, looking at how the individual house builder maximised the rewards and minimised the risks of each.”

For more information and to download the publication, please visit

www.nhbcfoundation.org/buildinghomesatspeed