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Ball, D and Fortune, C (2000) Building project procurement processes and the development of environmentally friendly housing schemes. In: Akintoye, A (Ed.), Proceedings 16th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2000, Glasgow, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 271–9.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: conceptual models; environment; innovation; procurement; social housing; sustainability
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 4 3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2000-271-279_Ball_and_Fortune.pdf
The procurement of new socially owned rented housing schemes which embrace the principles of sustainable construction is presently being encouraged. The government argues that such an approach will not only contribute towards the development of a more eco-friendly built environment but that it will also facilitate a real cultural change in the construction industry towards the adoption of partnering as a procurement process. An ongoing postgraduate study at Liverpool John Moores University is aiming to develop a process model to facilitate the establishment of collaborative relationships between organisations seeking to procure sustainably developed socially owned housing schemes. Accordingly, this paper addresses general issues connected with the procurement of environmentally friendly housing schemes for rent by considering in particular the perspective of the stakeholder organisations involved in the planning, design, and production of an award winning innovative housing scheme. The paper identifies issues related to the design and procurement of innovation in terms of sustainability from the perspectives of the tenants, (users), and the Housing Association (provider), who were some of the principal project stakeholders involved in the development of the 1999 green housing scheme of the year. Qualitative data were collected via in-depth unstructured interviews with the key decision makers from the provider organisation indicated above. The data were analysed with the aid of the NUDIST 4 software package. The emergent issues, grounded in the experiences of the parties involved in the scheme, have then been appraised and as a result the paper advances a preliminary conceptual model of factors that may need to be considered by others seeking to develop other environmentally friendly housing schemes on a similar basis.