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Kaluarachchi, Y., Jones, K., 2007.

Promoting innovative technologies in the housing sector in the UK

Output Type:Conference paper
Publication:CME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future'
Pagination:pp. 1615-1626

The UK government has been advocating the implementation of innovative technologies to improve the sustainability of the built environment. It has the potential and strength in developing construction research in design and engineering, but the impact of these processes seems to be slow in reaching the residential sector. Given the large stock of existing dwellings, the situation is compounded, by issues related to climate change, to the point that this problem can no longer be ignored and requires an urgent response from all sectors involved. This paper attempts to highlight some of the key issues that are important in implementing innovative technologies in the housing sector. It briefly looks at the process of innovation in housing and presents lessons learnt from two research projects. The drivers and barriers and the role played by the government are examined in relation to the housing context. Economic benefits, improved performance, increased markets and organizations and their structure can promote innovation while funding, fear of risk, strict legislations, socio-cultural issues and mindsets of stakeholders can play a major role in hindering innovation in the residential sector.