Routine maintenance and sustainability of existing social housing
Cooper, Justine and Jones, Keith (2008) Routine maintenance and sustainability of existing social housing. In: Proceedings of the CIB W070 International Conference in Facilities Management – Healthy and Creative Facilities. International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 361-368.Full text not available from this repository.
Improving the sustainability of the housing stock is a major challenge facing the UK social housing sector. UK social housing accounts for approximately 18% of total UK housing and generates maintenance costs in the region of 1.25 billion pounds per annum. The extent to which routine maintenance can be used as a vehicle to improve the overall sustainability (social, environmental and economic) of existing social housing is one focus of a 5 year EPSRC funded research programme. This paper reports the findings of a questionnaire survey examining current social housing maintenance practices and attitudes towards sustainability. The research found that, whilst the stock condition survey is the favoured format for determining maintenance need and economics the basis for priority setting; neither systematically addresses wider sustainability issues; and, whilst cost is a major barrier to more sustainable solutions being adopted, landlords are able and have the desire to improve their practices.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:|| This paper forms part of the proceedings from CIB W070 International Conference in Facilities Management – Healthy and Creative Facilities, held 16-18 June 2008, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.  This paper was also given at COBRA 2008: The Construction and Building Research Conference of the RICS, 4-5 September 2008, Dublin Institute of Technology - Please see other record in the repository which relates to this other conference|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||social housing, sustainability, maintenance practice|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Architecture, Design & Construction|
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Sustainable Buildings Research Group
|Last Modified:||17 Oct 2012 12:27|
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