2019 ICSH Biennial Social Housing Conference & Community Housing Awards

The ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference 2019 (supported by AIB) will be held on 10th and 11th October 2019  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Speakers and contributors will include representatives from the housing association and local authority sectors, Government officials as well as representatives from the private sector. Speakers and contributors will include Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Brendan Courtney, (RTE presenter and Broadcaster), Ron van Eck (Energiesprong, Netherlands) and Sebestian Garnier of Housing Europe. There are also 20 delegates attending the conference from public housing authorities and housing associations working in Boston, Massachusetts, US. Full programme details will be sent to members in the coming weeks.

The 2019 ICSH/Allianz Community Housing Awards in Numbers


We are in the final week of shortlisting entries for the Community Housing awards.  This year we have received the largest number of entries ever - more than 50 -  in the history of the competition. We have travelled to the 4 proud provinces; we have visited 16 counties (some counties have several sites entered in the competition). We visited 18 sites in Dublin and 7 sites in Cork. We have been to the Gaeltacht in Cork and Mayo, to the most southerly and westerly parts of the Island and dipped our toes in the Irish Sea and the Atlantic.

Every category in the competition has entries, the most competitive categories being Housing for Older People and Housing for People with Disabilities. We had record numbers of entries from Local Authorities and we have learned so much during the shortlisting process

What stands out is the quality of social housing being delivered, the design, the assistive technologies in use and the the attention to sustainability and renewable sources of energy. What is also clear is the importance of the social/community dimension to social housing projects, the support services, tenant involvement and overall quality of life and the integration of international communities and its contribution to community cohesion. Congratulations to all the entries.

The shortlist will be published in August and the winners announced at the Community Housing Awards, 10th October, White's Hotel Wexford.



The 2017 Community Housing Award winners are detailed here




The 2019 Allianz Community Housing Awards


  1. Housing for Older People
    Accommodation providing independent living for older people with on site, or visiting support services in place.
  1. Homeless Projects
    This category includes long term housing and housing led responses for formerly homeless people. It also includes emergency accommodation such as hostels or refuges and housing projects that would prevent homelessness.
  1. Housing for People with Disabilities
    This includes accommodation delivered for people with intellectual, physical, or sensory disabilities as well as supported housing projects for people mental health difficulties providing them with independent living.
  1. Housing for Families
    Accommodation for low income families, of any size which have been easily integrated for families and children into the local community.
  1. Regeneration
    High quality regeneration  and/or refurbishment of existing housing projects which have had a significant positive and measureable  impact for tenants and  the local community.
  1. Most Creative Supply Response
    Projects which demonstrate most innovative/specialist supply solutions that have made a real difference to peoples’ lives by doing something over and above traditional delivery channels e.g. utilising an innovative source of financing , creating partnership working to realise a supply solution or leading various stakeholders to achieve different tenures.
  1. Collaboration Initiatives
    Projects which illustrate collective benefits, achieving efficiencies and shared learning, demonstrating the added value of partnership/multi agency working in delivering new projects.
  1. Community Integration through Housing delivery
    Projects which demonstrate effective inclusion and integration of the wider community through the particular housing project which may include key supports.
  1. Housing Management models to improve performance
    Projects/organisations demonstrating innovative/good practices in the areas of housing management and maintenance, customer service, promotion of tenant participation (e.g. establishment of resident’s association), smart use of technology (smart homes) resulting in positive outcomes for tenants and communities.
  1. Achievement in Community Housing
    Special recognition for achievement and commitment in housing by voluntary board member(s), individuals, or local authority elected members demonstrating high level of leadership as part of  housing delivery and management  over a sustained period.

Awarding Criteria
A panel of judges from Ireland and overseas will consider the entry submissions which should provide an assessment of your project against each of the following criteria:
1) Context

  • How the design solution responds to the surrounding built environment;
  • How the project is aesthetically pleasing; and
  • How the design creates a sense of community.
  • How the mix of dwelling types, sizes and tenure enhances the value of the surrounding community; and
  • How any communal facilities serve local community needs.

2) Usability

  • How the type of accommodation meets the needs of the tenants being accommodated;
  • How the design allows ease of access within the building for all tenants and for people with impaired mobility;
  • If there is ease of access to services, public transport and local amenities;
  • How easily the dwelling(s) can be adapted to meet the changing needs of the tenants during their lifetime; and
  • How health and safety, privacy and security have been taken account of.

3) Management

  • How the design of the dwelling(s) helps efficient housing management;
  • Tenant satisfaction and involvement;
  • The management policies in place;
  • How tenants participate in the running of the project; and
  • How low cost maintenance elements have been incorporated in the project.

4) Sustainability

  • How the environment impacts on the tenant’s quality of life:
  • How optimum use has been made of renewable sources of energy;
  • How the project reduces fuel poverty concerns for tenants and affordability of daily living costs;
  • How natural resources have been used in the construction, management and maintenance;
  • The measures of self sufficiency that are in place; and
  • How the project includes sustainable waste management and other energy saving measures
  • Projects which demonstrate replicability or ability to scale-up are also of interest to the Panel.


For any queries about the awards, please contact Catherine McGillycuddy, Membership Development Officer at catherine@icsh.ie

Thursday, 14 March, 2019