If one wants to have a short look back at how the European policymakers have dealt with the topic of renovation of housing over the last few years, 2010 would probably be a turning point. That year, on the one hand, the Global Financial Crisis and the various attempts to launch economic recovery plans at the EU and national level effectively put the housing sector and in particular the renovation of the existing stock at the centre of political concern because of its growth-enhancing role.
Post date: 14 Jan 2019
Normally, the task of providing affordable and social housing falls to local governments and their administrations. Municipalities must single-handedly work out how to deliver and finance affordable and social housing in a city context that is often dominated by a free market paradigm.
Post date: 3 Dec 2018
Post date: 26 Sep 2018
The region of Navarra is building over 500 nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) units to provide affordable and energy efficient homes for their citizens.
Nearly zero-energy buildings have very low energy consumption due to their design and the materials used in their construction and reduce energy consumption by 75% compared to standard buildings. The project will also contribute towards social integration and urban regeneration through the provision of affordable rental housing.
Post date: 9 Aug 2018
Intelligent Energy Saving Measures for Municipal housing in Central and Eastern European Countries
Post date: 17 Nov 2017
Reducing CO2 emissions is not only about adapting new technologies, but ensuring that these technologies are also being accepted by the public.
Only when they are accepted, or better even embraced by the people, they can be implemented swiftly without any major delays. In the past, retrofitting projects have sometimes created a strong opposition as inhabitants were never asked if they were in favour of any building improvements. Worse, they were just presented with a bill for the renovation costs.
Post date: 31 Oct 2017
Training for Renovated Energy Efficient Social housing
This IEE project aimed to incorporate energy efficiency into further education for architects and social housing managers. Educational material includes techniques, tools and case studies, developed and reviewed by a group which includes teachers themselves. Workshops were held to gather feedback and to prepare for inserting the material into courses.
Post date: 24 Oct 2017
New Integrated Renovation Strategy to improve Energy PErformance of Social housing
Post date: 20 Oct 2017
The ongoing revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) creates opportunities to strengthen the housing sector‘s contribution to combatting climate change. This does not only mean further requirements for the building envelope – supplying buildings with renewable energy is also an important element.
Post date: 29 Sep 2017
Sustainability is one of the main topics of the Housing and the Innovation Agenda that Aedes- the Association of Dutch social housing corporations- members agreed upon before the summer. In the coming years, they will make their dwellings more energy efficient and increase the pace.
On a short term basis, the sector wants to attain an average energy label B for the total stock of social dwellings by 2021. This calls for an acceleration of investment in solar panels, insulation and heating network connections.
Post date: 14 Sep 2017