This innovative training course was designed to enable both staff and committee members from housing associations to take a sustainable design approach to their building projects.
The course was led by housing consultant Raymond Young OBE and included contributions from experts in this field as well as representatives from housing associations that have already implemented such an approach.
This pilot course included a field trip to four sites showing a variety of types of sustainable housing around Glasgow. The final question and answer session brought committee members and staff together and a panel of experts offered comments and advice on how housing associations can better ensure sustainable design in their projects.
Sustainable Designs on You was devised in collaboration with Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, SHARE, Communities Scotland, John Gilbert Architects, Canmore Housing Association, and Glasgow Housing Association.
In Sust.II the project has been extended to attempt to address the issues of information overload and ability to deliver against aspirations. Key elements of what we call SDOY2 will include national and international field trips to visit best practice examples of sustainable housing, supplemented by training and advice for maintenance staff and a conference and associated publications towards the end of Sust.II in March 2007. Thus far, in conjunction with Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), we have undertaken a study tour to Scandinavia (further details available on the News page and in the booklet pdf opposite), and plans are afoot for a Scotland wide tour.
There are links between this work and the revision of the Sustainable Housing Design Guide (Published 2000, Fionn Stevenson and Nick Williams –www.archive2.official-documents.co.uk/ document/deps/cs/shdg/ch01/index.html).
Watch this space for update on progress and forthcoming events.