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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Housing was set up in January 2009 to increase awareness in Parliament of sustainable new housing; to highlight developments in technology in the run up to 2016 and the target for zero-carbon homes; to encourage best practice in construction and development for all the house building industry; and to promote increased awareness amongst consumers about the energy efficiency of their homes.

Sustainability and energy efficiency in relation to housing is a subject of huge political and social significance, and one about which a large number of MPs and Peers care a great deal. This APPG on the issue will ensure a well-informed and well-resourced Parliament, and enhance the level of debate in the area. Although there are a number of APPGs on issues around affordable housing, planning and the environment – sustainable housing is an area which is not being explicitly addressed by existing groups.

The existence of the Group will allow for Group members to further underpin their expertise, and to display real thought-leadership, in this area.

Key areas of interest:

  • Meeting the technology challenges of sustainable housing
  • What consumers should expect and demand from sustainable housing
  • Defining ‘zero carbon’
  • The awareness raising of consumers about energy efficient homes
  • The construction (supply) challenge in meeting the Government’s targets
  • The sustainability agenda in a period of economic downturn