THE HOUSING minister’s vision for a golden period of housebuilding is achievable, according to insulation manufacturer, Actis.
The housing minister, Kit Malthouse, recently spoke at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Better Design for Better Places conference in Birmingham. He called for housebuilders to build ‘the conservation areas of the future’ to ensure that the government target of 300,000 new homes a year is met in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Kit said, “We need to make room for beauty. A simple question would be, ‘Am I building the conservation area of the future?’ I want to see a golden period of housebuilding as we’ve had in the past.”
Actis UK and Ireland specification manager Dan Anson-Hart said there is no excuse not to create beautiful homes, even when there is an urgent need to build many thousands in a short space of time.
Actis works in partnership with the LABC and cooperates closely with architects, designers and timber frame specialists.
Dan commented, “While our role is to enable specifiers and builders to achieve the best U-values they can, we do appreciate that aesthetics are important too.
“We are huge fans of timber frame construction, not least because it is quicker than traditional brick and block. And in times like these, where we need thousands of homes to be built in a short space of time and in which the skilled construction labour force is shrinking, it plays a vital role in helping us produce the homes we need.
“They can also be things of beauty. And a beautiful home which is also warm and energy efficient must be an object of desire!”