After a technical review and extensive stakeholder engagement, Scottish Water has confirmed that Water for Scotland (WfS) and Sewers for Scotland (SfS), utilised by the Developer Community to design and construct Water and Waste Water Infrastructure, have been updated. Version 4.0 of each document was released on Tuesday 16th October 2018.
The Scottish Government has been working to reform and improve public sector procurement. As part of this work, a steering group has overseen a Construction Procurement Manual for bodies spending significant public funds. Housing associations will be covered by the guidance in the manual.
Three teams are leading our Innovation and Future Thinking Programme. The Home of the Future Team is having an Innovation Boot-Camp on 7 September where we will test a range of different innovation tools and agree an action plan. Look out for more updates here!
SFHA has formed a partnership with CSIC. The aim of the partnership is to promote innovation in development and asset management and to help housing associations with challenges such as energy efficiency and skills shortages in the construction industry.
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and SFHA have entered a partnership to increase opportunities and provide support for SFHA members. A funding call for support for Modern Methods of Construction will be launched at the SFHA Development Forum on 22nd November.
One of the main aims of the partnership is to provide expertise and support to enable housing associations to engage with, and use, off site construction and modern methods of construction (MMC). The long term goals are to mainstream off site construction in order increase the quality and numbers of new affordable housing delivered by housing associations and address the shortage of skilled construction workers in Scotland.
Creating Vibrant Communities is one of the many themes running throughout this quarter's Housing Scotland which includes an interesting art project from Almond Housing Association to brighten up some of their tenants areas. This edition of our quarterly magazine has been launched and print versions have been sent to all of our members and associates.