David Thomas will head up homebuilding industry collaboration aimed at accelerating the transition to net zero

David Thomas will chair the new cross-industry collaboration Future Homes Hub (FHH), it has been announced today.

Thomas, chief executive of Britian’s largest housebuilder Barratt, will head up the hub’s drive to accelerate the transition to net zero.

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Barratt chief executive David Thomas will chair the Future Homes Hub board

The FHH was set up last November by the housebuilding industry, with support from government departments including the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Businesses Enterprise and Industrial Strategy.

Its board includes figures from Homes England, the Construction Products Association, the Green Finance Institute, the Home Builders Federation, Fairgrove, The National House Building Council and Platform Housing Group.

Its main priorities for collaboration include changes to Parts F, L, O and S of the building regulations, and the Future Homes Standard 2025 (see box below).

Writing exclusively for Housing Today, Thomas this morning called on the government to “set the direction” on net zero and then the house building industry “must lead the change.”

He wrote: “To succeed, and to succeed quickly, we need the government to work with us to fill in gaps on our roadmap to net zero.

“The government can also help align related sectors, with energy, construction products and homes all moving together. T

“The roadmap can help the sector navigate related challenges too, like embodied carbon, biodiversity and nature, adapting homes for hotter, wetter climates and encouraging sustainable lifestyles.”


AT-A-GLANCE: Future Homes Hub 

The Future Homes Hub is a collaboration across the housebuilding sector to meet climate and environmental goals.

 The Hub’s business plan sets out the main priorities for collaboration over the next three years including:

  • Changes to Parts F, L, O and S of the building regulations
  • Future Homes Standard 2025
  • Embodied and Whole Life Carbon
  • Building Performance Evaluation
  • Water efficiency improvements
  • Biodiversity Net Gain
  • The National Model Design Code
  • Understanding of energy efficiency in valuation and surveying
  • Sustainability metrics  

The Future Homes Hub Board includes: 

  • David Thomas (Chair), Barratt Developments
  • Peter Caplehorn, Construction Products Association
  • Barry Cummins, Homes England
  • Emma Harvey, Green Finance Institute
  • Neil Jefferson, Home Builders Federation
  • Ed Lockhart, Future Homes Hub
  • Steve Midgeley, Fairgrove
  • Steve Wood, NHBC
  • Elizabeth Froude,Platform Housing Group
  • Senior officials in Government departments who attend as observers: Tara Deshpande, BEIS; Rachel Fisher, Defra and John Palmer, DLUHC.