Sustainable Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

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Housing: an essential piece of the ‘Next Generation EU’ puzzle

The Coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on Europe’s housing crisis, exposing the shortcomings of our housing policies that have increased inequalities and destabilized our societies. Now that the “Stay at home” guidelines pushed us more than...

Green recovery for Denmark: a new renovation scheme for the social housing sector

On the 1st of May, Denmark's Social Democratic Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, made a crucial announcement that relieved many public housing companies in Denmark: a proposal to activate 30 billion DKK from the Landsbyggefonden (the National...

Component Award 2016 – Passive House Institute

The Component Award 2016 was announced at the 19th International Passive House Conference 2015, which took place on 17-18 April 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. The 2016 award is dedicated to cost-efficient residential...

Green Building Councils launch BUILD UPON - a €2.35m European retrofit project

On 20 March 2015, Green Building Councils across Europe launched BUILD UPON, an innovative two year project, aimed at helping European countries design and implement strong, long-term national strategies for the renovation of their...

Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

The Passive House Institute, focusing on the idea that renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard, introduced new categories for its building certification in order to provide reliable guidance...

European Committee of the Regions to adopt proposals to improve €315bn EU Investment Plan

The 111th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) of the European Union took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 16-17 April 2015. The key issue for debate during the session was the need to ensure that all EU regions and cities...

UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Equitix make investment in UK social housing energy efficiency

On 27 March 2015, UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Equitix announced a commitment to fund the installation of energy efficient heating systems in sheltered housing complexes throughout England. The Equitix managed fund Energy Saving...

International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA-EBC) Programme releases its Annual Report 2014

The annual report of 2014 of the International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA-EBC) Programme is now available. This report presents an overview of progress made by the International Energy Agency Implementing...

Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award - EuroPHit project

The 2015 Component Award, organised by the Passive House Institute, focused on windows within the context of building refurbishments, particularly when old windows need to be replaced and the façade is to be insulated at a later time. In...

REMOUBAN project: a sustainable urban regeneration model for Europe’s smart cities

17 February, 2015. The European project REMOURBAN held its kick-off meeting in Valladolid, Spain. It marks the first step towards producing a model for turning our towns and cities into smart urban spaces for the future. Five cities, five...