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7th Framework Programme  

Community of Practice event, 10th September 2013

On 10th September 2013, the Community of Practice event was held during the Proficient consortium meeting. The event was aimed at designers, engineers, housing developers, Housing Associations, architects, new and potential cohousing groups, SMEs in construction (contractors and sub-contractors), planners, academics, students and the Proficient partners.

The event focused on one of the Proficient demonstration cases: Lancaster Cohousing. This is an example of Collective Self Organised (CSO) Energy Efficient Building (EeB) new build homes.

The event took place in Lancaster University Management School. The event chaired by Jan Maskell (Proficient partner and Lancaster Cohousing resident and invited speakers from three elements of the cohousing development.


·         Design

Andrew Yeats - Eco Arc architects for Lancaster Cohousing (

·         Procurement

Jon Sear - Lancaster Cohousing Project Manager, founder member and resident, Proficient partner (

·         End-user requirements

Kathy Bashford - Lancaster Cohousing founder member and resident (





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