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Getting our homes future ready: workshop summary

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Essential skills and innovative solutions for a fair energy transition - An initiative of Housing Europe as part of the PROF/TRAC project. 

 

Achieving a clean energy transition in the housing sector is a hard nut to crack. Any viable strategy must aim to scale-up approaches that have already been tried and tested and not rely on targets alone. When it comes to actual practices that work on the ground, under the right conditions, public, cooperative and social housing providers are the ones that have taken the lead in getting the job done.

Between 2010 and 2015 it is estimated that these housing providers have invested more than 32,8 billion €  in refurbishment projects in 1.843.000 dwellings generating a total of 506.550 full-time jobs.

Following the publication of the winter package the event aimed to inform EU policy by showcasing a wide range of initiatives already unfolding across Europe, solutions that are paving the way for the large scale uptake of tools and strategies for the modernization of the EU housing stock. The key question emerging is what are the essential skills and training needs to carry out energy renovation in the social housing sector?

 

The workshop addressed these particular lessons learned on:

  • Developing innovative business cases that work for home owners, tenants and landlords
  • Innovative procurement methods which reduce the risk by ensuring higher quality
  • Centralization of the citizens’ perspective in planning of works
  • Paving the way for a real de-centralization of energy ownership and production.

While progress is significant, making quality renovation affordable for all residents within the sector is an ongoing challenge for social housing providers. The cost of renovation and the various schemes and mechanisms to finance it are determining factors, too. Bringing down the cost of renovation and the cost of finance are crucial considerations for the policy debate as well.

 

Please find summary info here:  Storify report of the day which includes links of all presentations that were delivered

 

The previously published event information is available here.