Housing festival features tech and new thinking

Exploring issues in housing using virtual reality, the rise of smart homes and digital self-service for tenants will be among the innovations explored at Scotland’s Housing Festival in March.

Returning to Glasgow for 2017, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland’s annual conference is the highlight of the housing year bringing fresh ideas, increased participation and new thinking to inspire and motivate professionals at all levels working in all tenures of the housing sector.

This year it is evolving into ‘Scotland’s Housing Festival’ – a celebration of all that is good about the sector, what it does and the people who work in it. The event also aims to provide excitement, inspiration and surprise as part of what it offers and to give greater access to aspiring professionals and potential future leaders, particularly through its Housing Festival Fringe.

The Fringe will take place throughout the festival and is part of CIH Scotland’s fresh approach to the annual gathering which also includes a new layout to the exhibition area to ensure maximum visibility for all stands, with increased visitor facilities, and redesigned catering and refreshment areas.

Under the banners Build, Live, Grow and Change, Festival sessions will explore new ways of delivering affordable housing, strengthening communities, the future of housing and increasing innovation within the sector.

“With the potential to make a transformative impact on so many areas of our daily lives,” said Annie Mauger, executive director of CIH Scotland, “the 2017 Housing Festival offers something for anyone interested in the future of Scotland’s housing sector.”

Innovation is a key to future growth and resilience in the housing sector and technology and new thinking is featured on both days of the festival.

Service models, digital technology, funding models, collaborative partnerships, and international models. How will housing in Scotland change and adapt to meet the challenges which lie ahead?

Tuesday 14 March
Everyday Leadership
A Housing Journey Through Virtual Reality
Rip it up and start again? The future of social security
Does Scotland Add up Post 2016?
Smart Homes, Smart Futures

Wednesday 15 March
Down the Rabbit Hole: a journey to digital self service
Energy Efficiency: the latest innovations

Building on success

The 2016 event took place at the EICC in Edinburgh and attracted around 1200 people across the two-day event, with delegates and visitors from housing associations, local authorities, government, housing charities and private sector in attendance. They were able to network with over 80 exhibitors and sponsors with products and services covering every aspect of housing.

The impressive delegate list for this event sees a high proportion of attendance from chief executives, directors, heads of service and other senior managers. The event also attracts a wide range of delegates from front line housing management and maintenance roles, people working in asset management, policy and strategy, development and regeneration, board members and other social housing and private sector housing professionals from across Scotland.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. It has a diverse and growing membership of over 20,000 people – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world. It exists to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities.

CIH aims to ensure members are equipped to do their job by working to improve practice and delivery. It also represents the interests of its members in the development of strategic and national housing policy.