Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs

Is High Density the way forward?

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 28th June 2018

Ireland has a housing crisis on its hands, with a serious lack of suitable housing available and our homeless issue only growing.

This conference aims to explore the Action plan for housing and how it plans to resolve our current housing crisis; what plans are in place to produce the thousands of units needed. Ireland is due to have another ¾ of a million extra people to cater for in the next 10 years, we discuss the plans to facilitate these numbers and what others are doing overseas that we can learn from.

Understanding what we are building, how long it takes and how much it costs are fundamental to understanding our housing crisis and how we can solve it. Efforts to rebuild the house building system are so driven by a sense of emergency and panic, now before it is too late can we envisage a sustainable system to plan, deliver and finance house building, covering all tenures types? What steps do we need to make to get there?

This annual event typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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6 Structured CPD Points

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Is the homeless crisis resulting in the wrong decisions being made about the housing crisis?
Speaker: Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

  • Should a homeless crisis be defining our housing strategy?
  • The Housing Crisis and the Homeless Crisis are linked, but how, is homelessness is the extreme expression of housing vulnerablity?
  • Because of the human damage caused by homelessness is requires certain ’emergency’ responses (rent controls, eviction prevention, compulsory purchase of vacant properties) but these should not be confused with ‘solutions’ to the housing crisis, 
  • Tackling the housing crisis requires urgency but not panic. How can we establish a housing system that can create substantial afforable housing in vibrant communities consistently over the next two decades. That takes time and it is not what we are doing.
  • How do we balance the different needs of different groups over the next few years? How do we protect children?
  • The housing crisis and the homeless crisis are linked but have distinct challenges – at present a media-driven, short-term approach is applied to both problems, to the benefit of neither.

Comparison of Residential Building Costs in Europe ( Housing Agency Report)
Speaker: Gerard O Sullivan MMP /CEEC -consultant to report

  • Purpose of Report
  • Defining Construction Costs
  • Comparative costs – the challenges
  • Existing Comparators – Eurostat/ CEEC Office cost model
  • Cost data for residential projects , Ireland/ France/Germany/Netherlands/UK
  • Proposed comparative indices
  • Conclusions

Integration v. Segregation
Speaker: Mary Hughes, Director, HRA Planning

  • Key mechanisms for delivering social housing
  • Does providing social housing under Part V work?
  • Key issues surrounding economies of scale and providing large social housing schemes
  • Examples and mechanisms from abroad
  • New measures required.

Sustainable 21st Century Social Housing
Speaker: Jay Stuart, CEO,  Office of Sustainable Design Ltd.

  • Fuel poverty in social housing 
  • Health benefits of low energy housing
  • Energy performance standards for social housing
  • Nearly Zero or Net Zero housing?
  • How to build NZEB social housing cost effectively now
  • Social Housing as a community asset

What needs to be done to ensure that older people are able to stay in their own homes?

  • How to support the changing demographic re older people and actively supporting and engaging with older persons cooperatives
  • Wintering in town schemes supported internationally and the possibility of embracing this in Ireland for the older population

Social housing and renting

  • Does choice based lettings work?
  • What should be done about differential rents?
  • What is cost-rental and why does it matter?
  • What should be done to make the private rented sector a viable housing tenure
  • Addressing innovative approaches regarding renting to tenants e.g. online unique identifier portals for access to the tenant to manage their account
  • Online and innovative approaches to the tenancy relationship and responsibilities

What do the new social housing assessment figures tell us about housing need?

How many new homes do we actually need over the next decade?

How can local authorities increase social housing output?  Should a new housing authority be established to deliver social housing?

How do we prevent another housing bubble?

Transformative Innovations in housing in other countries – how can the Irish market learn from this?

Addressing initiatives such as living downstairs and renting upstairs and how this will be sustainable and workable going forward

Effects of the recent decision of the Office of Central Statistics to recommend to Eurostat that Tier 3 (developing AHBs) are part of the local government sector

New affordable ownership schemes: what impact will they have?  Will they simply push prices up?

Will the new planning guidelines boost the number of apartments?

Should standards be lowered to increase housing output?

Ó Cualann co-housing alliance – the solution to affordable housing for all?

This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector.

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Mike Allen is Director of Advocacy, Communications and Research at the leading housing and homeless organisation, Focus Ireland.

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He was the General Secretary of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) from 1987-2000. Where we was closely involved in the campaigns that lead to the INOU and other community and voluntary bodies gaining access to social partnership.

He served on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment (1992-4), the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and other social partnership bodies.

He is a member of the National Consultative Committee on Homelessness and was the President of FEANTSA from 2013-16 (the European Network for Homeless Organisations).

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

MIPI, Managing Director of HRA | Planning

With in excess of 20 years post qualification experience Mary’s initial years were spent working as a planner with local government in Ireland.

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This was before moving to the private sector and working for a multi-disciplinary consultancy specialising in transport and planning for three years. Mary then established HRA | PLANNING a town planning & environmental consultancy in 2005 with offices in Dublin and Limerick city. She has been involved and continues to be involved in many national and regional projects including the preparation of development plans on behalf of local government; provision of advice on planning and environmental matters to national government departments and semi state bodies; and provision of planning advice to large development companies, regeneration companies and community groups. Mary was elected to the national Council of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) in 2010 and served as President of the Institute from 2014 to January 2016. She was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to the Independent Review Group of An Bord Pleanála in 2015 whose report was published earlier this year. She was also nominated by the Irish Planning Institute as a candidate to the 25th Seanad Eireann election.

Gerry O’Sullivan

Gerry O’Sullivan

Barrister, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law, & has extensive experience having worked on large & high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential & infrastructural projects.

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Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 2000, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Chairperson of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators/adjudicators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a member of the Ministers Panel of Adjudicators, and is an accomplished author.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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