PTE uses practical experience and research to complement and inform one another. We contribute to best practice and debate through research, report-writing and public speaking. We enjoy collaborating with academics and other professionals, including a group of our closest peers and competitors. Recent focus has been on housing density, design standards, eco-towns, localism and innovative funding for schools.
PTE was selected by the HCA as co-author of the HAPPI report (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation), which set out the case for change in the provision of housing for older people. We participated in visits to 24 exemplar schemes in six countries, conducted background research and prepared the final report, which was launched in December 2009. It has been enthusiastically received by sector agencies and has become a policy driver for new developments.