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Design and sustainability standards

Setting standards

The HCA position on land for disposal is set out in our Land and Disposal Strategy. The National Affordable Housing Programme continues to operate according to the Design and Quality Standards inherited from the Housing Corporation. For information specifically for Registered Providers refer to the Capital Funding Guide page where the compliance audit can be found.

Following the establishment of the HCA, and our inheritance of differing design standard requirements, in spring 2010, we consulted on a potential set of core future design and sustainability standards. In November 2010, the Housing Minister confirmed that the HCA would not progress these new standards, but would retain its existing ones for programmes directly funded by the HCA. Historic English Partnerships standards are available for reference.

Performance management

We apply the targets and performance management regimes associated with the legacy programmes at present. However, consistent with our place-based approach, we are developing performance targets relating to design quality and sustainable development, based on qualitative, value-led methods with a focus on outcomes.

As the housing and regeneration delivery agency for the Department for Communities and Local Government, we have adopted the department's Sustainable Operations Policy which forms the department’s response to central government policy on Sustainable Operations in the Government Estate (SOGE). This policy sets out the government's aims and objectives for improving the sustainability of operations on government estates.

The sustainability targets that we are working towards will help us to significantly mitigate the impact on the environment associated with the operation of the Agency. We are committed to achieving and aspire to surpass the targets as set out under central government policy. As part of our commitment under the Sustainable Operation on the Government Estate (SOGE) policy we report to central government each year on our progress towards achieving our targets.

The HCA is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain and have begun to work in collaboration with the Carbon Disclosure Project to help to bring significant parts of our supply chain into an internationally recognised reporting mechanism. We have been very pleased with the level of public reporting from our key stakeholders and are seeking to widen the coverage to include a greater proportion of our supply chain and stakeholders over the next two years.  

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