As part of our commitment to influence the sector we have set up a three tier knowledge’s share platform to help tackle the HOW?

As part of our commitment to supporting the housing sector we have invested in a number of initiatives that help tackle common challenges. These include research groups ran by SEC and our partners.

Climate Challenge Research Group

How do we move to a zero carbon position? How do we reorganise our priorities to treat this like a compliancy issue, not a political or cultural one?

Our climate research group is supported by our Members, framework service providers and sector leading voices. Their final research paper is coming January 2022. The publication will be a strategic insight piece that supports the decarbonisation of housing stock and a move towards sustainable homes and living.

Learn more about their conversations here. 

Building Safety Research Group

How do we be more demanding? How do we legislatively enforce quality through our appointment of reputable organisations?

Our building safety research group is supported by our Members, framework service providers and sector leading voices. Their final research paper is coming January 2022. It will define the key principles that underpin best practice procurement in respect of building safety – with guidance on how to achieve this.

Learn more about their conversations here. 

BIM Research Groups

How can we break away from “the norm” and utilise technology and the “new normal” to drive efficiency through technology and remote management of maintenance.

Our BIM research group is supported by our Members, framework service providers and sector leading voices. Their final roadmap will be live early January 2022. They’ve developed an interactive guide for HAs wishing to use BIM for existing buildings.

Learn more about their conversations here. 

HACT's Social Value Roadmap

We’re delighted to confirm that SEC has joined the group supporting HACT’s pioneering social value roadmap. The roadmap was launched in September 2020. It’s been developed by a taskforce made up of organisations form across the sector and will enable users to utilise social value information to improve services, enhance decision making and increase the impact we make.

Social Value is close to the hearts of our Members and important to the procurement projects we support them with. By joining HACT’s workgroup we’ll be able to bring their perspectives to the table and demonstrate a commitment to making a positive difference to the communities which we serve.

Learn more about the project here. 

Procurement Reform

The Government is making changes to the rules and regulations governing public spend now that we have left the EU. Cabinet Office is regularly releasing updates in the form of Procurement Policy Notes (PPNs) and changes to procurement law are expected early 2022.

At SEC we’re here to support you with your procurements. We’ll always make sure the projects you carry out through us are fully compliant and we’ll be updating our own internal procedures to incorporate the changes into our everyday procurement practice.

Our Procurement Reform Blog supports our network to prepare for the changes.

Knowledge Sharing Service

Our members have always been good at posing questions through us and we want this to continue to support day to day peer to peer learning and asset management advice. One organisation can ask a question which is sent out to all other contacts in the group. Responses are then collated and sent back in one report. Recent topics have included:

  • Electric car charging points
  • Asset Management structure
  • Fire Risk Assessment policy and procedures
  • Social Value policy and procedures
  • Latent defects procedure

To sign up to be part of this group please sign up here.