Our Daily Roundup of Inside Housing’s Digital Housing Week – Day 1
This week, our Novus colleagues will be giving their key takeaway messages from a range of sessions from Inside Housing’s Digital Housing Week (22nd – 26th June 2020). Here is our round up of day 1.
An evaluation of how the sector has managed during the challenging time of Covid-19
Attended by Housing Partnership Manager – Sue Minkley
- It was incredibly clear that the level of tenant engagement remains absolutely paramount, with a continued emphasis on identifying where help and support is needed.
- Tenants are the housing provider’s most important stakeholders and focusing on their safety, lives, livelihoods, and welfare is crucial.
- The exceptional levels of communication observed during the pandemic must continue to be a priority. Clear, transparent communication can shape understanding as to what services are needed and how they may be delivered in the future.
- The sector has shown great resilience, responding with agility. The focus has been on front line services – acting on core values and providing an essential service in order to meet the needs of tenant communities.
- Even during this challenging time, building safety must never be ignored and we must keep safety inspection programmes going as well as maintaining emergency repair services.
- Develop stress tested business plans designed around the “what if” scenario – making sure these plans are viable and robust for any further adverse circumstances.
How can we make it financially viable to become carbon zero?
- To meet the Net Carbon Zero challenge by 2050 for social housing stock we, as a sector/industry, will have to improve 3,000 homes every week for the next 30 years – a challenge in terms of workforce resources, supply chain capacity, logistics and funding that has to be overcome.
- The longer we leave it, the greater the challenge becomes and the more damage we are doing to our planet.
- The need for long term government support and policy making on the green agenda, with a hint of frustration regarding the previously abandoned new build standards.
- Retrofitting of homes is likely to cost between £20k and £36k (BRE), Savills (£25k to £28K) with the additional cost on a new build home (in addition to the standard build cost) being around £30k at current prices.
- Innovation and partnership were seen as critical approaches to achieve the 2050 target.
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