Thinkhouse is an online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts drawn from across the sector who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote new research and encourage a new generation of experts the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition.
For more reports go to our Reports section.
Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers
This briefing paper explains measures the Government has put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and to enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments.
Smart building: how digital technology can help futureproof the UK construction sector
Construction emissions generated in the UK could be cut by 40 per cent by 2025 through better design, more intensive building use and by reusing building resources, enabled by digital technology. Smart solutions will accelerate progress to retrofit existing homes and to upgrade of vacant buildings, which will benefit areas with high demand for new housing.
Statutory Homelessness in England
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area. The most recent statistical release covers the period between July and September 2019.
Protecting rough sleepers and renters: Interim Report
The report calls for the Government to dedicate at least £100m per year in long term housing support or risk thousands of people currently in temporary accommodation returning to the streets. The Committee further warns of a looming homelessness crisis as private sector renters currently unable to pay rent, face building up debt or losing their homes when the current ban on evictions expires.
Financing energy efficient buildings – the path to retrofit at scale
This report demonstrates the urgent need to increase the pace and scale of investment into the energy efficiency and resilience of UK residential buildings and sets out a portfolio of financial solutions to catalyse take-up on a national scale, with the potential to contribute substantially to a post-Covid-19 green and inclusive economic recovery.
This paper advocates a vision for infrastructure that is: People-focused – recognising the fundamental role of infrastructure in the social, economic and environmental outcomes that determine the quality of people’s lives. Systems-based – recognising infrastructure as a complex, interconnected system of systems that must deliver continuous service to society. It articulates how the industry should re-envision itself to unlock greater value for people, from the systems.
Stimulating housing supply – Government initiatives (England)
This briefing paper summarises the main 2015 and 2017 Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England, aside from planning measures. The 2019 Government will continue with, and build on many of these initiatives. March 2020 saw publication of Planning for the Future – this paper set out a series of actions the 2019 Government intends to take to meet its housing supply commitments.