Innovation Forums


Through The Housing Forum, members have the opportunity to co-produce or host an Innovation Forum event that showcases innovation in practice or delivery.


These events aim to provide an understanding of product innovation and its potential benefits in housing.


The Forums will always focus on emerging topics, covering current issues and are very popular. You must register in advance to attend.  Please contact Events for further information.


Next Innovation Forum in Worcester, Worcestershire:

  • Energy Summit: Building a Sustainable Future

  • Wednesday 31 October (10:00 - 14:30)



In the section below you can find downloadable resources from previous events. We hope that you find these informative and useful. Please feel free to share with your colleagues.




Innovation Forum with Switch2 - June 2018



Heat Networks - The good, the bad and the data: CHP and District Heating is popular with government and planners, but not always with landlords and residents. 


Hosted by The Housing Forum and community heating specialist Switch2 Energy, thise seminar included expert industry speakers speakers from the consultants Martin Arnold Associates, and legal experts Trowers & Hamlins.



Delegates were provided with real-life examples from CHP and communal heating schemes and introduced to a more intelligent, informed and compliant approach to heat network design, development, implementation and operation.


Resources: Seminar Presentations





Innovation Forum with bptw partnerships - February 2018

Greenwich, London.bptw logo


Transforming West Greenwich: delivering high-quality and innovative urban housing and mixed use developments. 


Resources: Programme & presentations 




Innovation Forum with British Gypsum - October 2017

East Leake, Leicestershire 


Building Better Homes: How process, innovation and attitude all make a difference: This Forum assessed the challenge of introducing innovative products to a sector focused on initial price rather than lifetime cost and utility to customers. It also examined the national and local issues affecting delivery of housing from the perspective of the HCA, NHBC and Housing Associations.


Resources: Findings of this event are available here.




Innovation Forum with ilke Homes - July 2017

Gallions Reach, Londonilke-homes-logo



A New Wave of Modular: ilke Homes demonstration development in Gallions Reach is an example of a new wave of modular homes.  Ben Denton, Head of Group Strategy and Business Development at Keepmoat Regeneration presented on advantages in construction efficiency, running costs, flexibility and choice. 




Innovation Forum with Switch2 - March 2017



Digitalisation in heat networks: This Forum covered the latest policy developments in housing, heat network regulation and included a video demonstration of connected heat networks.


Resources: presentations from the forum are available below: