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Sustainable development

Well designed homes are sustainable, practical and affordable; they help create places where people want to live, work and enjoy life. Improving design and sustainability in house building helps to reduce the impact on the planet’s resources, reducing waste and carbon emissions. 

The HCA has a statutory duty to contribute toward sustainable development and good design and to improve the quality of the homes that we enable or in which we invest. Our vision for sustainable development is based on our commitment to;

  • Work locally, to help embed effective design principles and processes through our investments; and to support our partners through the five steps to sustainable development (visioning/procurement/integrated design/construction/legacy) to enable them to deliver high quality, affordable homes, in great places which improve the quality of life in new, existing and future communities.
  • Be the partner of choice for local authorities and their delivery agencies, invited in for expertise and ideas as much as investment; helping to raise and enable local sustainable development ambitions, releasing the potential in local communities to shape the places in which they live.  

Our current design and sustainability standards set out our expectations of housing quality for the projects we support. Through the Carbon Challenge programme we are working with partners to deliver two developments that will meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, ahead of the Government's commitment for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016. Working in partnership with Registered Providers, our renewable construction projects are testing new materials in house building. Historic English Partnerships standards are also available for reference.

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Fund (LCIF) is helping provide low carbon district heating to new and existing homes around the country.

Information about our legacy exemplar programmes, including Millennium Communities and Design for Manufacture can be found on our archived website.

Information is also available heritage and conservation, on urban design, and wider best practice and guidance.

In September 2012 we published our Design and Sustainability Business Plan.

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