Development & Procurement
Day three saw the NHC turn to the risks associated with reduction in construction capacity and ways in which housing associations, developers, policy makers and funders can collaborate to navigate the short-term future of housing and match supply to demand, to ensure that the sector can continue to develop homes and strong communities.
Energy efficiency was a running theme, and the merits of Passivhaus and other energy efficient building schemes was covered in depth, with the speakers sharing practical knowledge from projects they have been involved with and a frank assessment of how to go about this. The shared view was that this is an area which will grow and become more commonplace and cost-efficient over time, but at present housing providers have to do a lot of their own due diligence to assess what is right for them.
Some of the other main topics covered were:
- Modular housing
- District heating.
- COVID and Brexit
- Alternative sources of funding
- PII insurance
- Performance bonds/parent company guarantees
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Having started life as a quantity surveyor, Andrew joined then Servite Housing Association as Development Officer in 1994. During his time at Servite and later Caledonia HA, Andrew has undertaken a wide variety of roles within the property side of the organisation.
Current responsibilities include new housing development, asset management and the delivery of Care & Repair services in the Perth & Kinross and Angus areas.
Over recent years Caledonia has formed strategic partnerships with a number of other organisations and Andrew has been an integral part of the senior management team who have managed the integration of these partnerships.
Andrew has a particular interest in the Climate Change agenda, and is currently working on a number of initiatives within Caledonia as they start to prepare plans for meeting the Scottish Government’s Net Zero target by 2040.
Development Manager of West of Scotland Housing Association since July 2019, Karen is delivering the associations £85million development programme which includes two of the largest Passivhaus projects in Glasgow.
A fully qualified housing professional she has worked for nearly 25 years in the public sector with previous experience in housing management, stock transfer, regeneration and housing development.
Karen successfully kick-started and managed the Council house building programme and Strategic Housing Investment Plan for East Dunbartonshire Council for 10 years before venturing into the construction sector to work as a Business Development Manager for CCG (Scotland) ltd for nearly 3 years.