Written by Leadership 2025 participant, Jehan Weerasinghe, published by 24housing magazine.
What does innovation mean? Well, for me, what it certainly isn’t is a handful of individuals sitting around in a lab work-shopping cool ideas to trial.
It’s about responding to challenges and finding new solutions that can work.
Housing has many challenges: the shortage of affordable homes in areas of high demand; the affordability of running a home for social housing tenants; universal credit; skills shortages in the building industry; environmental sustainability of homes; fuel poverty.
I could keep going.
With challenges like these, it’s clear we need to think differently while also staying true to our core mission of providing safe, affordable and warm homes….