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.
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
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
"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" - 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.
"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 scale. Read 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 assets. Read 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" 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
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
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" 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" 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"
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" 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" - combined reportof the Working Groups 2011
Published: 7 April 2011
Author: The Housing Forum
4 Sub - sections to combined report
- WG2: "At the Heart is Housing"
- Update: "At the Heart is Housing" - Making Affordable Rent Happen. Published: 21 September 2011