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APSE Scotland Building, Housing and Renewables seminar 2015

APSE Scotland Building, Housing and Renewables seminar 2015

Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Perthshire
Thursday 12 to Friday 13 February 2015

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Sponsored by:   

Building & Housing Apprentice of the Year Awards Winners 2015

  • 1st Year Trade Category Winner: Graeme Baird, Aberdeen City Council
  • 2nd Year Trade Category Winner: Alastair Mclean, Fife Council
  • 3rd Year Trade Category Winner: Kim Armstrong, West Lothian Council
  • 4th Year Trade Category Winner: John Deacon, Fife Council
  • Non-Trade/Professional Category Winner: Derry Lever, Fife Council

Click here to view the press release for this year's APSE Scotland Building & Housing Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Seminar objectives

The environment within building maintenance and housing services continues to change rapidly.  This seminar will enable managers and elected members with responsibility for these and related services to keep up-to-date with developments and to learn from the many innovations taking place within the local government sector.  Scottish Government’s ambitious vision to provide affordable homes for all by 2020 brings a number of challenges for local authorities.  Welfare reform, a growing population and a reduction in the number of new homes being built within the private sector are all highlighted within Audit Scotland’s “Housing in Scotland” publication.  This conference will look at affordable homes in more detail at how Councils are helping to meet demands, as well as the funding opportunities from Scottish Government.

Renewables and energy efficiency remains high on the agenda for all. Under the 2001 Housing (Scotland) Act (section 88), the Scottish Government has committed to eradicating fuel poverty as far as practically possible by November 2016.  This event will look at how we can continue to tackle fuel poverty and the types of programmes available.  As well as this, the need to continue to innovate, improve services and make savings remains a requirement for operational managers.  This event will showcase a number of innovative case studies from across Scottish Local Authorities allowing attendees to share best practice and hear first hand how their colleagues are helping to future proof in-house services.


Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme 2015/16
Caroline Dicks, Acting Unit Head of Housing Supply Division, Scottish Government

Building new homes with added community benefits: our journey to 2017
Alistair Shaw, Head of Housing, Construction and Building Services, West Lothian Council

Ambitious for the Borders - meeting demand through the National Housing Trust for mid-market rent
Gerry Begg, Housing Strategy Manager, Scottish Borders Council

Tackling fuel poverty in social housing in Scotland - The role of renewable energy and energy efficiency
Mark Bramah, Director, APSE Energy

The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) - The journey to Stockton
Mike Chicken, Manager of Built and Natural Environment, Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

Interactive Energy Zone Workshop - Developing an energy strategy
Mark Bramah, Director, APSE Energy

"Now you see it now you don't". Train your in-house team to make problems vanish (Cosmetic repairs)
Paul Rainey, Contracts Manager - Maintenance, South Lanarkshire Council

The Council with no housing stock: A different approach to service delivery (unavailable online)
Wallace Galloway, Service Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Council

The partnership between property services and procurement - how to get the most out of procurement
Kenny Gillespie, Property and Asset Manager, Falkirk Council

"Mapping out our future needs". Making planning your service needs more graphic (Corporate property gazetteer)
Dougie McMillan, Business Development and Support Manager, South Lanarkshire Council


Scottish Government - The Innovation and Investment Fund

Scottish Government - The Council House Building Programme


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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