A monthly exploration into the world of sustainability in the built environment with commentary and input from UCEM’s Principal and academics.
‘Levelling up starts in homes’: Reflections from Andy Burnham’s keynote speech at Housing 2021
Posted on: 28 October, 2021
Last month, we attended Housing 2021 in Manchester. As well as networking, we listened in to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s keynote speech in which he highlighted how housing should be the number one priority for government in terms of its social policy. Here are a few of our takeaways from the speech…
‘You cannot have good health without good housing’
Andy claimed that the feeling of security brought about by having safe and consistent housing can solve many social issues and serve as a catalyst to improve wellbeing. At UCEM, we strongly support this statement. The social value brought about by democratising the built environment as an industry can go a long way to improving the lives of those who are currently most affected by the lack of good-quality, stable housing.
We embed sustainability within all our programmes to influence our students to apply best practice to their professional activities. Promoting and instilling values of diversity, professionalism and sustainability is pivotal to ensure our homes and the wider built environment are safe places for us to live, work and enjoy life.
With a , the UK desperately needs more built environment practitioners to undertake retrofitting and decarbonisation works. Upskilling the existing workforce is also a key part of achieving these sustainability aims.
Our programmes are built for life – to protect our lives and those of future generations. Sustainable development is vital to preserve this.