Housing Forum Research & Reports

The Housing Forum has a reputation for the production of well researched and authoritative reports on aspects of the housing building and regeneration industry. These reports, including "Rationalising regulations for growth and innovation" and "Housing for the Information Age" have led directly to improvements in the housing industry. We draw directly on the expertise of our member organisations - commercially successful businesses who employ thousands of staff and contribute billions to the economy and who are at the forefront of quality in housing.


Our archive of publications provides useful links to our latest work in various areas.




"Stopping building failures - how a collaborative approach can improve quality and workmanship" - May 2018


A report from The Housing Forum Working Group packed with expert commentay and case studies.


Click here to read the full report


Working Group Co Chairs: Andy Tookey & Nigel Ostime







"Building Homes Better - The quality challenge" - December 2017 


A report from The Housing Forum Working Group Building Better Homes 


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Working Group Chair: Rory Bergin







"Future proofing housing supply" - February 2017 


A report from The Housing Forum Working Group on New Solutions to Boost Housing Supply. Click here to read the full report



Working Group Chair and Author: Stephen Teagle








http://publizr.com/housingforum/sustainable-leasehold-and-long-term-asset-management "Sustainable Leasehold and Long-Term Asset Management" - December 2016 


A Housing Forum Working Group report into how to make existing housing better through sustainable leasehold and long-term asset management. Click here to read the full report



Working Group Chair and Author: Dick Mortimer


Supported by: calfordseaden and Martin Arnold




Altered Estates 2016"Altered Estates" - May 2016


A report by member organisations PRP, HTA, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Levitt Bernstein, launched at The Housing Forum's National Conference 2016.



A response to government proposals to regenerate 100 housing estates, examining how to attract private sector investment with minimum reliance on public subsidy, drawing conclusions on options for renewal, the approach to consultation and design, and on sustainable outcomes, emphasing the need to work in partnership to achieve success.




Read the report here.





"Building homes at scale: nine vital ingredients" Report- July 2015


 A Housing Forum Working Group Report with nine recommendations for delivering new homes quickly and at scaleRead the full report.


Working Group Chair and Author Philip Pamment





 "The future of investment in housing assets: flexibility not prescription" Report - July 2015


A Housing Forum Working Group Report that focused on the fundamental reappraisal of asset managment, analysing asset management issues in depth and identfiying the obstacles to changing how the sector manages assetsRead the full report. 


Working Group Chair and Author Jeremy Kape.





"Superdensity - The Sequel" - June 2015 - Launched at CIH Manchester 


"More homes at higher densities are needed if we are to meet the increased demand and changing demographics of urban residents."




Housing Forum members and leading architectural practices Pollard Thomas Edwards, Levitt Bernstein, PRP and HTA Design LLP came together in 2007 to publish the first Superdensity report (Recommendations for Living at Superdensity) and many of its recommendations have since become accepted best practice.


However, the intensity of development in London continues to increase, in some cases way beyond the densities envisaged in the earlier study, and as such now feel it is time to both restate those principles and air emerging concerns.


The issues identified then are even more relevant today, and it is striking to note that the predicted need for additional homes in London has increased since then from 31,000 a year to 49,000.   Read the full report....






More Homes Through Manufacture


"More  Homes Through Manufacture" Report - May 2015 


A Housing Forum Working Group report into how modern methods of construction can deliver more and better quality homes.  Read the full report


Supported by:  The Hyde Group



Home Performance Labelling

"The Case for Home Performance Labelling" Final Report - January 2015



 The Home Performance Labelling Pilot has been worked on by Housing Forum Members using 20 house types put forward by builders, housing associations, manufacturers and designers. They have developed a customer friendly indicator which can compare space, storage, and energy efficiency using the London Mayor's standard as a benchmark. Read the full report



Principal Parties:  The Housing Forum; HTA Design LLP; BLP insurance (BLP)


Sponsors:  Kingspan; BLP Insurance (BLP); Barratt Developments



More Homes - Better Homes - The Housing Forum Call for Action - December 2014"More Homes, Better Homes" - The Housing Forum's Call for Action - February 2015


Written by Ben Derbyshire, Chair, The Housing Forum and Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum - "The Call for Action" sets out the three main priorities for More Homes, Better Homes.  Read the full report





Making a place for low cost housing"Making a place for low cost housing" Report

Published:  13 March 2014 

Author:  Mike De-Ath, chair of Housing Forum Working Group & Partner, HTA Design LLP

Sponsored by:  Airey Miller, Silver, HTA Design LLP, Hunters, PRP, Kier, Legal & General, Baily Garner and calfordseaden


The place for low cost housing - A Housing Forum enquiry into the provision of homes in mixed communities.  Read the full report.





The ABC of Housing Growth and Infrastructure - January 2014"The ABC of Housing Growth and Infrastructure" Report

Published:  16 January 2014

Authors:  Barry Munday, BM Architecture; Nicholas Falk, URBED & Shelagh Grant, The Housing Forum


This project forms part of The Housing Forum's Building Homes for the Future workstream.  It has been led by senior practitioners from the housing field who have over the past decade or more been concerned at the UK's poor performance in providing sufficient homes for a growing population and the low quality of much of what is built.  Read the full report.




Housing for the Information Age

 "Housing for the Information Age"

Published:  October 2013

Author:  The Housing Forum &  HTA Design LLP

Sponsored by:  Airey Miller, Kingspan Insulation & Takeparts

This si a report of work by The Housing Forum on the application of information-age digital technologies with the potential to improve the quality and value of housing by harnessing consumer pull.  Read the full report.





Rationalising Regulations for Growth and Innovation"Rationalising Regulations for Growth and Innovation" Report

Published: 26 April 2012

Author and Working Group Chair: Andy von Bradsky

Co-Author: Ben Derbyshire


The Housing Forum report from the Working Group "Innovation in Construction and Regulation" chaired by Andy von Bradsky, Chairman, PRP.  Read the full report.




Everyone Needs a Home - April 2011"Everyone Needs a Home" - combined reportof the Working Groups 2011

Published:  7 April 2011

Author:  The Housing Forum


4 Sub - sections to combined report