Updated: Nov 26, 2020
In 2018 Rooftop set the target to deliver 1,000 new homes by 2023. But it’s not just about quantity; Rooftop also began a major programme to develop a sustainability specification for all new homes it builds to tackle Climate Change and help fuel poverty for its customers.
Rooftop is now proud to launch the Rooftop Living Homes Standard, providing developers and architects working with Rooftop a set of extensively researched guidelines about building homes which will be fit for the future. The Rooftop Living Homes Standard (RLHS) sets out the minimum requirements for all new homes that we develop.
The RLHS is a significant improvement on current building regulations based around 6 categories which cover the core functions of a dwelling and how it interacts with the wider environment for the benefit of the end user - Energy, water, carbon, comfort, space, place
A key advantage of the Rooftop Living Homes Standard is the flexibility within the requirements; beyond the core energy standards there are a menu of options and aspirations to choose from, ranging from biodiversity to water usage. The standard also gives Rooftop and its partners the ability to report against the standard, giving metrics for what is being achieved and what barriers need to be removed to achieve the standard.
Now the standard is in place for all new developments, Rooftop is embarking on a second phase of research to develop a specification for its existing homes as it prepares to move to the next level of tackling Climate Change and meeting the challenge that all homes should be a minimum Energy Band C by 2030.
David Hannon, Rooftop’s Development Director said “This is a huge step forward for us and our partners, by laying down what we need in a simple and effective way it enables us to deliver fabric first land led schemes that are appropriate sustainable and able to support successful lives”