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Welcome to the July edition of the BSHF newsletter. This bulletin is circulated to our network of friends and professionals interested in innovative housing issues and we hope that you will enjoy reading about our recent activities.
The community-led housing sector is a diverse one, with a wide range of organisations offering support and advice to communities interested in taking a project forward. There is a wealth of online information for a range of audiences, whether they are new to the concept of community-led housing or already heavily involved in a project.
In July 2014 BSHF submitted a response to the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence’s (NICE) consultation on excess winter deaths and illnesses and the health risks associated with cold homes. The goal of the proposed guidelines, which are aimed at a range of key stakeholders including health and wellbeing boards and housing and healthcare providers, is to reduce preventable, excess winter deaths and improve health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups.
A commemorative publication featuring the 2013/14 World Habitat Awards at the closing ceremony of the Seventh World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia, including detailed descriptions of the World Habitat Award winning projects in Palestine and the USA.
Newsletter summarising the work of the winners and finalists from World Habitat Awards in 2013.
World Habitat Award winner 2012
This report presents the outcomes of our 2013 peer exchange to Uruguay to learn more about the World Habitat Award winning project, ‘South-South Cooperation: international transfer of the FUCVAM model of mutual aid housing cooperatives’ and to look at how their approach has successfully transferred to other countries.
BSHF is one of the partners in the Powerhouse nearly Zero Energy Challenge, a three-year project funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Programme.
Masterplanning requires a clear brief developed through an understanding of local issues and challenges, as well as an appreciation of local assets. It should also raise aspirations and build a consensus for people to work together and implement the plan.
In Creating the Conditions for New Settlements the Building and Social Housing Foundation proposes New Settlement Partnerships as a way of enabling large scale locally-led development with a more active role for communities.
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