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Countdown to Development Conference: six days to go

Time is running out to book your place for SFHA's virtual Development Conference. 

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Covid-19 has highlighted just how important our homes and their surrounding areas are. As a result of the pandemic, calls are now being made by the Scottish Government, and other organisations, for consideration to be given to the future design of homes to include space for working/studying and enhanced outdoor areas.

Could green infrastructure, which protects and enhances natural spaces and incorporates them into the development process prove a possible solution? SFHA’s virtual Development Conference, taking place over two half day sessions on 16 and 17 September will allow delegates the opportunity to hear from organisations that have already used this development approach.

The conference will discuss three projects that received funding from last year’s Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund - a partnership between SFHA, NatureScot, Architecture + Design Scotland and the Scottish Government. The fund was created to support place-design that maximises the benefits of green infrastructure in social housing across Scotland.  

The projects will be introduced by Ivan Clark, Placemaking Team Manager at NatureScot. He said: “Our Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund provided financial support to three new projects that will provide lessons for the housing sector and lead to more opportunities for people to connect with nature close to where they live.

“Scotland’s urban green spaces provide many benefits for people and nature – from opportunities to exercise; spaces to grow food; refuges for wildlife; and valuable services, such as management of flood water, and mitigating the effects of air and noise pollution. But there are still many places in Scotland, often associated with areas of disadvantage, where green infrastructure is not fulfilling its potential in terms of the number of benefits it could provide.” 

As well as the launch of the Social Housing and Green Infrastructure projects, the conference will also cover:

  • delivering high-quality, affordable homes with minimal carbon emissions
  • housing’s role in the climate emergency and green recovery from Covid
  • increasing off-site construction

You can view the full programme and book by following this link.   

Costs and special offers

  • Attend both days for £220 for SFHA members
  • Book a place and get another free

If you previously had a place booked at the Development and Procurement Conference that was due to take place in March, you can contact the Events Team to transfer your place to the virtual conference. Email events@sfha.co.uk  

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