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.


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 Worcester Bosch - October 2018


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Energy Summit: Building a Sustainable Future: The Housing Forum partnered with long-standing members Worcester Bosch at a recent Innovation Forum in a bid to tackle future challenges relating to quality construction and heat provision in the UK amongst housing professionals.


Featuring key speakers from across the housing and construction industry, attendees of the event discussed where energy might sit amongst a drive towards quality and sustainable housing and ambitious construction targets.


With increased governance on carbon emissions, heat is arguably the UK’s biggest challenge when it comes to decarbonising and phasing out carbon fossil fuels in new build housing. As such, Worcester Bosch and spokespeople from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Energy Utility Alliance (EUA), Foot Anstey, calfordseadon, and PRP addressed how the country might best transition from fossil fuel boilers to more sustainable alternatives, while causing minimal disruption.



Resources: Seminar Presentations



Innovation Forum with Osborne - October 2018

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Delivering Social Value through Partnerships: Delegates from across the housing supply chain joined Osborne at their offices in Surrey earlier this month to gain an invaluable insight into delivering social value through partnerships.


This Forum explored what ‘social value’ is, why it matters, and how it can be measured, in addition to practical examples of how to achieve social impact through partnerships and early engagement. 


Delegates were also equipped with knowledge of how to best build Social Value into bids and for HA and LA procurement, and a clear idea of what to expect when tendering.


Resources: Seminar Presentations & Resource Pack





Innovation Forum with Kingspan - September 2018

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Quality Homes through Off-Site Manufacture: Over 40 delegates from across the housing supply chain and local authorities joined Kingspan at their Yorkshire base for an Innovation Forum on Quality Homes through Off Site Manufacture.


At the Forum, Homes England set out their approach to equity investment for MMC partners. The Forum also heard how the new development at Ice house Road for the Goodwin Trust uses the Kingspan TEK system and how Hull City Council have supported access to development capital for this inner urban housing scheme.


Technical information on the system and construction were provided by Kingspan and delivery partner SIP Build UK concluding with a practical demonstration of products under manufacture.



Resources: Seminar Presentations






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

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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

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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: