Blogs



Sarah Lewis: Affordable Passivhaus homes

Sarah Lewis, associate director: architecture at Hamson Barron Smith (HBS), describes the company’s use of Passivhaus as its benchmark performance standard.

Published 10 October 2019

Jennifer Jack: Knocking on the door of the empty homes conundrum at COSLA conference

Harper Macleod’s Jennifer Jack discusses the COSLA conference taking place in St Andrews this week and the powers local authorities have to get empty homes back into use.

Published 10 October 2019

Dr Jamie Stewart: When are smart meters not smart enough?

Dr Jamie Stewart, energy policy manager at Citizens Advice Scotland, discusses why the mass installation of smart meters in homes should be stalled.

Published 10 October 2019

Stephen Good: It’s time for clients & industry to show real vision and leadership if we want to transform construction

Stephen Good, chief executive of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, continues a series of blogs following the Scotland Excel ‘Accelerating the delivery of affordable new homes’ conference yesterday.

Published 9 October 2019

Malcolm Thomson: Tackling fuel poverty by building sustainable homes

Sustainable housing can alleviate fuel poverty, therefore, the higher upfront costs should not rule out the use of energy-efficient materials, argues Scotframe’s Malcolm Thomson.

Published 9 October 2019

Eric Curran: Why getting cladding right must not cause property blight

Well-meaning legislation put in place following Grenfell is proving a real challenge for the property/construction industry in practice, writes chartered surveyor Eric Curran.

Published 9 October 2019

Nick Pollard: Mid-Market Rent legislation in Scotland, a costly historical anachronism?

Kingdom Housing Association’s Nick Pollard discusses whether the law regarding Mid-Market Renting in Scotland is outdated, counter-productive and detrimental to the affordable housing sector and its tenants and participants.

Published 8 October 2019

Sally Thomas: Long-term investment is vital for delivering the housing Scotland needs

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) chief executive Sally Thomas speaks ahead of today’s Scotland Excel ‘Accelerating the delivery of affordable new homes’ conference.

Published 8 October 2019

Sustrans Scotland: New site to help businesses unlock the benefits of an active workplace

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland outlines how an active workforce can benefit your business.

Published 2 October 2019

Doug Gibson: Housing First going strong

Doug Gibson from the Homeless Network reports from the third Housing First Connect event which was held in Dundee earlier this month.

Published 30 September 2019

Paul Stevenson: Homelessness prevention - widening the focus by going upstream

After working for more than a decade in homelessness accommodation and addiction recovery centres in Scotland, India and Nepal; Bethany Christian Trust’s Paul Stevenson turned his focus upstream to Homelessness prevention

Published 30 September 2019

Jim Young: Getting good infrastructure to create a sense of place

ICE Scotland chair, Jim Young, gives his regional take on ICE's latest State of the Nation report on housing. 

Published 25 September 2019

Daradjeet Jagpal: FOI and the GDPR – Uncomfortable Bedfellows?

RSLs up and down the country are working hard to ensure that they are ready for freedom of information (FOI) for 11 November 2019. The interface between FOI and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an issue that is likely to come up frequently for RSLs when handling and responding to FOI requests involving personal data. In the first of a series of articles, Daradjeet Jagpal examines the interface and outlines some of the issues for RSLs.

Published 24 September 2019

Ashley Campbell: We need to talk about dementia

The focus of this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day was on breaking the stigma faced by people living with dementia. In this blog, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell, explores how the housing sector can support people to live well with the illness.

Published 23 September 2019

Kirsty Wells: Housing as a human right – celebrating Scottish Housing Day 2019

Kirsty Wells, head of HouseMark Scotland, discusses Scottish Housing Day 2019 and the theme of 'housing as a human right'

Published 18 September 2019