Housing Deep Retrofit Project
If the UK is to meet its climate change goals, we must radically reduce our domestic energy use. Since 80% of the homes we will be living in by 2050 have already been built, a nationwide programme to stimulate the market for deep retrofit and refurbishment of existing stock could be the only way to deliver the required carbon savings.
The Housing Innovation Map
Getting housing right is essential to building cities that are economically successful, great places to live, and resilient and adaptable to change. We’ve identified nine housing innovation concepts that we believe could help solve a lot of challenges facing the international housing industry. Explore them here.
Cityx - The Connected Places Business Expo 2019
Cityx is a two day expo organised by Connected Places Catapult taking place at the Urban Innovation Centre in London from 13 – 14 November 2019.
About the future of housing
Digitisation and innovation are driving the evolution of our world like never before, and the time has come to apply this ever-increasing capacity for meaningful change to housing. Which is why we’re excited to announce the forthcoming launch of our Future of Housing programme. Find out more here.
Blog - Dream home in a changing climate
Marie-Louise Schembri, Project Director at Hilson Moran, contributes to our Future of Housing blog series to discuss the need for a different approach to home design for the industry to contribute positively to climate change but also ensure we are living comfortable lives.
Blog - How AI will change the face (and backbone) of housing
Scott Summers, CEO of Fuzzlab, a UK tech company that specialises in delivering AI products and services into the housing sector. In this guest blog as part of our Future of Housing series, Scott tries to anticipate how innovation in artificial intelligence will influence the future of housing, our future cities and how we operate and live in them. In this blog, he explores how a frictionless AI-enabled future, will need houses and cities to be built with the infrastructure to support the growth and broader application of the technology.
Blog - Future of Housing Standards: A summary of our not-so-standard breakfast
On July 10 we opened the doors of One Sekforde Street to guests from the housing and standards industries. Delegates eager to learn about the proposed future regulations and approaches required in housing initiatives attended to hear from those leading the way in the sector.
Blog - What is the future of housing standards?
What role will standards play in shaping the future of housing? In this blog as part of our Future of Housing series, our own Gavin Summerson, City Standards Team Lead at the Connected Places Catapult starts the much-needed and long-awaited conversation around ensuring standards remain an effective tool for creating homes that are fit for the future as that very future fast approaches.
How are SMEs using tech to offer a better quality of life to the elderly?
Our ageing population is growing, and support for those wanting to continue living independently into old-age is an area of increasing demand on the UK’s health and care system. As part of our Future of Housing blog, we asked Dr Amer Fasihi and Rupinder Singh of Kraydel, an IoT company, whose innovative device (TV-top hub and remote control) enables better health, wellbeing and independence at home, to tell us their story and share some thoughts on how new digital technologies could change the way we all live in the future.
Future of Housing discussed over coffee and croissants: A summary of our first Housing Breakfast Talk
On June 11, we opened our doors to colleagues in the housing industry keen to hear about the future of housing from some of those leading the way in the sector. Joining us for coffee and croissants on the day were speakers from Residential Analysts, the Centre for Ageing Better, Hilson Moran and Chimni. This fab four shared some of the projects they are working on to help drive innovation and new technologies in housing to help deliver homes fit for the future.
Defining the future: how the National Housing Federation co-created five ideas to transform housing
It’s been 18 months since James Green, Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation stepped onto the stage of the National Housing Summit to launch its new housing innovation programme, 'Creating our Future'. In this Future of Housing guest blog, James talks about how Creating our Future can benefit the homes of tomorrow.
Homes becoming data hubs in the smart city revolution
Using software and online services to run commercial properties is fast becoming the norm and modern office buildings have become machine-like in their complexity, with Commercial Facilities Managers using software and data analysis to run them. In this instalment of the Future of Housing guest blog series, Nigel Walley, Founder & MD of Chimni, considers how this behaviour is likely to extend beyond the commercial world and become as standard in residential properties too as our homes become more connected.
We need ambition and innovation to tackle London’s housing crisis
Londoners need more genuinely affordable homes as quickly as possible. In this Future of Housing guest blog, James Murray, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, highlights the ways in which the Greater London Authority is encouraging the development of new homes through innovative means in order to meet growing demand.
Systems-thinking and housing
As part of our Future of Housing blog series, Ken Gibb, Director of UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, seeks to apply systems-thinking and, in particular, complexity theory to the housing system and to ideas and innovations that seek to transform housing for social, economic and environmental reasons.
Housebuilders and barriers to modern construction methods
London’s largest housing associations have committed to building as many as 180,000 homes nationwide by 2025. In this Future of Housing guest blog, Charles Glover-Short, Corporate Research at Optivo Housing, explains how modern methods of construction can help meet this target, highlights what the methods are and why the industry should be pressing for their implementation more widely.
It’s time to build homes fit for ageing generations now
In this article, as part of our Future of Housing guest blog series, Dr Rachael Docking, Senior Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, highlights the need to build new, and retrofit existing, homes for the ageing population.
Understanding local housing markets
Guest blogger, Neal Hudson, Director of Residential Analysts Ltd, says technology and data can offer local authorities a better understanding of the complexities in their local housing markets, helping them make decisions that deliver better outcomes for housing.
Transforming housing construction
The UK Government has an aim to increase home building from the current levels of just over 200,000 to 300,000 per year. Learn how new digital manufacturing technologies can help meet the productivity challenge and deliver higher quality, energy-efficient buildings at the same time from guest Future of Housing blogger Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director at Innovate UK.
Welcoming innovation in housing: If not now, when?
We are living in an era where demand for housing is more diversified than ever. In response to this, innovation is burgeoning across a range of areas but, the traditional housing sector is slow to respond – so how can the sector embrace this disruption?
L&Q Group on laying the foundations for the future
With a rapidly accelerating future, both in terms of demand, and the evolution of innovation, what do L&Q see as the greatest challenges – and opportunities – ahead?
Deep retrofit: Making homes fit for the future
There’s been much talk recently about a UK housing crisis, but it’s not just the volume of housing that we need to be concerned about. Existing UK housing is also old and inefficient. Dr Richard Miller, Associate Director of Future Cities Catapult and Founder of Miller-Klein Associates, explores possible solutions.