Twelve major housing associations have joined forces as part of a new consortium to tackle sustainability and building safety.
The Future Homes Consortium (FHC), whose collective portfolio covers around 783,000 homes, said it will focus on sharing “practical ideas and initiatives” around the environmental agenda and building safety in new and existing stock.
The 12 founding members are: Places for People, Riverside, Notting Hill Genesis, L&Q, Peabody, Gentoo, Thirteen Group, Orbit, The Guinness Partnership, Swan, Raven Housing Trust and Wheatley Group.
As part of the government’s net zero ambitions, ministers have set a target that all social homes should have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of ‘C’ by 2030.
At the same time, some landlords are facing significant costs around building safety as new post-Grenfell regulations are due to take effect.
The FHC said it will aim to “create synergies in resources” that each organisation is already using on “studying challenges in sustainability and building safety in their existing stocks”.
A spokesperson told Social Housing: “The group will focus on how we can build on our collective knowledge to forge a way forward together by sharing what works and doesn’t work, and the practical implementation of new initiatives on sustainability for existing and new homes.”
It also said it is “very focused” on practical work programmes and would look at best practice across the world as well as the UK.
The group is due to hold its first meeting “within the next few weeks”, the spokesperson added. At this meeting it will be decided how often the group will meet in future.
David Cowans, outgoing chief executive of Places for People, who is the FHC’s first chair, said: “I firmly believe that in bringing together the best people in the business we will help the sector achieve its targets.
“The Future Homes Consortium is already sharing data, best practice, ideas and support for each other as we implement new ways of working.”
The group is also encouraging other landlords to join, with details due to be released on Places for People’s website about how others can sign up. “We are encouraging as many developers and housing associations to join the Future Homes Consortium,” the spokesperson said.
The chair of the group will change yearly.