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The code for sustainable homes: what are the innovation challenges?

Barlow, C, Sexton, MG and Abbott, C 2009, The code for sustainable homes: what are the innovation challenges? , in: International Built & Human Environment Research Week (IRW) 2009: 9th International Post-Graduate Research Conference (IPGRC)., January 2009, Salford, Greater Manchester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The UK government has set timescales for the house building industry to significantly increase the number of new homes built and to improve the sustainability performance of these as defined by the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH). These dual requirements are generating a range of demands that require a corresponding range of innovative solutions. There is considerable uncertainty within the house building sector on the focus, scope and intrinsic risk of these innovation challenges. There is an urgent need, therefore, for this uncertainty to be transparent and calibrated. This will enable house builders to channel and optimise their innovations to meet government targets whilst developing new sources of competitive advantage. This paper sets out and substantiates a theoretical framework developed from the relevant literature that identifies and links the issues that house builders need to consider if they are to deliver against the dual requirements of sustainability and increased quantity. The questions generated by this theoretical framework are informing ongoing case study research on sustainable housing and innovation being carried out by the Salford Centre for Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, and the methodology for this work will be described.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Refereed: No
Funders: School of the Built Environment (SoBE)
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 13:37
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2015 12:24
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/27295

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