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UK survey shows low confidence in new-build homes

55% of respondents believe old houses are better than new ones (© Flynt/Dreamstime.com)
People in the UK have an overwhelmingly negative perception of new-build houses, a report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) reveals.

In December, it published results from a survey of 2,000 UK adults, and 55% of them said believed that old houses are better than new ones.

32% described new-build housing as ‘poor-quality’.

Construction Management deputy editor Cristina Lago spoke to the report’s author, the CIOB’s David Parry, to find out what this all means.

Get a taste of the issues by listening to this one minute clip from the latest 21CC podcast.

There is a new set of standards called the New Homes Quality Code that is supposed to hold builders accountable, but signing up to it is voluntary.

CIOB recommends that government reviews this to consider making it mandatory.

Listen to the whole interview on the latest 21CC Podcast.

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