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HCA Design Seminar for Registered Providers

11.11.2013
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The objective of the seminar is to raise awareness among registered providers about the importance of design in affordable housing and its impact on quality of life for residents. It is planned that the seminar will encourage HCA partners to invest in good design and high quality, in responding to the feedback from residents, outlined in Quality Counts document 2011 – 2012. The audience of approximately 70 people will be mainly Registered Providers from the North West, North East and Yorkshire and The Humber.

Speakers to include Professor Fionn Stevenson, Head of Architecture University of Sheffield; Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture University of Sheffield; Karl Tupling, Head of Strategy NE, Yorkshire and the Humber HCA; Nigel Ingram, Director of Development and Asset Management Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust; John Stonard, Urban & Environmental Manager Sheffield City Council; Tom Lonsdale, Director Placecraft and Jane Briginshaw, Head of Design & Sustainability HCA.

Bryan Woodley, Managing Director of Val-U-Therm Limited, was very pleased to be invited to contribute to the Pecha-Kucha (panel discussion) on ‘Changing Context of Housing Standards’ and its impact on design quality and delivery of affordable housing in England.

Against a photographic background of some of the 2,000 homes that have used Val-U-Therm since its launch on 1st June 2011, Bryan highlights that an advanced Fabric First building system can provide a cost effective, high specification integrated thermal solution to fight fuel poverty in these times of fuel price inflation.  He notes the importance to go the extra mile - not just Code & regulatory compliance, for instance that Val-U-Therm is factory quality controlled Offsite Manufacture using insulation based on recycled vegetable oil.

He also notes the trend towards hybrid volumetric where offsite manufactured panels are delivered ‘flat pack’ to local assembly facilities where they are erected into volumetric format by a local workforce.  This can provide an excellent opportunity for local employment and training involving local colleges and universities - construction with a social conscience.

Bryan also highlights that Housing Standards are vital to protect tenants, fight fuel poverty, provide a level commercial playing field, to supply homes that are healthy & energy efficient, that are excellent value now & in the future and above all deliver homes that people want to live in.

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