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RICS Calls for Greener and More Affordable Homes Ahead of General Election

RICS Calls for Greener and More Affordable Homes Ahead of General Election

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has outlined a 10-point roadmap urging the UK government to prioritise greener and more affordable homes in the lead-up to the next General Election. RICS is calling for increased supplies of rented homes and a comprehensive strategy for quality and sustainability in housing.

The key points of RICS' roadmap, titled "Empowering a Sustainable Future," include addressing skills shortages to meet housing targets, implementing recommendations from the RICS Decarbonising UK Real Estate policy to reform building performance and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and focusing on building safety and skills for a sustainable built environment.

The call to action by RICS comes at a time when the UK's built and natural environments are facing significant challenges, including climate change and a cost-of-living crisis, exacerbating the ongoing housing supply shortage.

Justin Young, RICS Chief Executive, emphasises the importance of providing safe, sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable homes for the public. He also highlights the need for high-quality commercial spaces aligned with the digital economy and a diverse talent pipeline to meet the sector's skill demands.

RICS aims to engage with the policy teams of political parties during their upcoming conferences and present its manifesto and key messages. The presentations will take place at the Conservative Party conference from October 1 to 4 and the Labour Party conference from October 8 to 11.

The 10-point roadmap from RICS underscores the critical role the housing sector plays in addressing the challenges of our time, and it calls on the government to take decisive action to create a more sustainable and affordable housing market.


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