Tag Archives: Future of Housing

Habitat for Humanity Around The World

Enjoy this video showing the amazing breath and scope of work carried out by Habitat for Humanity around the world last year. Here at Habitat for Humanity Homes we are proud to be part of a worldwide family of affiliates who are playing their parts in rolling this dream out in a big way.

Al Jazeera Report – London’s Housing Crisis

Gareth Hepworth (our CEO) featured recently in a video report by Al Jazeera Television at our empty homes project in Kings Grove, Peckham. Although our part forms just a short segment, the whole report does give a very good overview of the critical situation with housing and affordability in London at present.

Blog – Letting Our Homes Speak to Us

Whilst the debate about sustainability, energy-efficiency, carbon-reduction and climate change rumbles on, we have to ask ourselves the question: “Have we really learned anything of lasting value in our quest for more sustainable, lower energy buildings in the last 50 years?” This was the question posed by Bill Bordass in his excellent Inaugral George Henderson Memorial Lecture at the UCL Energy Institute on 12th June. The talk was entitled “Improving Building Performance: Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?” and I was impressed by the strategic overview Bill gave on the subject, and the witty delivery. The key message that came through from a well-respected expert in building performance evaluation is that, as a nation we don’t seem to be learning from the past. The use and performance of buildings is critical in obtaining feedback from the building itself but it doesn't get the focus it deserves and needs. There are a number of reasons for this but the main one highlighted was the divorce between...

Guardian Housing Network Blog – Lack of Land Holding Back Housing

The latest round of budget measures have done little to encourage those of us involved in building homes for people who need them. The new Help-to-Buy scheme launched in the chancellor's recent budget will only serve to drive already inflated property prices even higher, and further out of the reach of those on the lower rungs of society's ladder. At a time when courage is needed to kick-start the nation into building more homes again, we find there is little to get really excited about. We are committed to serving the neediest in society who would normally be excluded from either home ownership or rental and can only do what we do if there is some form of subsidy for a scheme – whether in the form of reduced land price, access to grants or subsidised rents. As a charitable developer/contractor, Habitat for Humanity is keen to get hold of suitable land to build quality, environmentally sound, affordable homes for people in housing need. However, with councils and other statutory bodies unwilling...