English Housing Survey reveals urgent need to diversify supply of new-build housing, says Tophat

Andrew Shepherd, managing director at TopHat, says:

“The English Housing Survey, released today, reveals that there is an urgent need to improve the quality and energy efficiency of England’s homes.

“As of 2018, England’s housing stock was made up on an estimated 24.2 million homes. This means there are 2.4 million homes classed as posing a serious and immediate risk to the health and safety of the people who live in them. To put bluntly: this simply is not good enough. There needs to be a step change in UK housebuilding. This means building better, and helping all areas of the industry, from private house builders to local authorities, to deliver more homes.

“The Government has already shown real foresight and leadership in backing offsite manufacturing, where homes are manufactured along production lines in a factory, but more has to be done. At TopHat, our technology-led approach allows us to create precision engineered homes that are highly energy efficient, with low embodied carbon, and free from defects. Integrated software platforms mean we can gather comprehensive data sets on each home that enable us to model their energy performance – helping us to reach zero-carbon standards and driving down heating bills for consumers.”