Zero Carbon Compendium

NHBC Foundation

The NHBC Foundation was established in 2006 by the NHBC in partnership with the BRE Trust. Its purpose is to deliver high-quality research and practical guidance to help the industry meet its considerable challenges.

Since its inception, the NHBC Foundation's work has focused primarily on the sustainability agenda and the challenges of government's 2016 zero carbon homes target. Research has included a review of microgeneration and renewable energy techniques and the groundbreaking research on zero carbon and what it means to homeowners and housebuilders.

The NHBC Foundation is also involved in a programme of positive engagement with government, development agencies, academics and other key stakeholders, focusing on current and pressing issues relevant to the industry. Further details on the latest output from the NHBC Foundation can be found at

NHBC Foundation Advisory Board

The work of the NHBC Foundation is guided by the NHBC Foundation Advisory Board, which comprises:

Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford MP, Chairman

Dr Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of BRE

Professor John Burland CBE, BRE Trust

Imtiaz Farookhi, Chief Executive of NHBC

Richard Hill, Executive Director
Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive at the Homes and Community Agency

Neil Jefferson, Chief Executive of the Zero Carbon Hub

Rod MacEachrane, NHBC Director (retired)

Robin Nicholson, Senior Partner of Edward Cullinan Architects

Geoff Pearce, Group Director of Development and Asset Management
East Thames Housing Association

David Pretty CBE, Former Group Chief Executive of Barratt Developments PLC

Professor Steve Wilcox, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

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