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9. April 2014

The City of Tomorrow and the role of affordable & social housing providers

Event Date | 3 July 2014
Country | France
Type of Event | Conference

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Key Documents:

1. April 2014

Energy refurbishment for sustainable Social, Public and Cooperative Housing: insights on the current market & trends towards 2020

Large-scale energy refurbishment has a vital role to play in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy. If we consider that energy demand from buildings accounts for 40% of Europe’s total, and that 80% of 2050’s buildings have already been constructed, it stands to reason that improving the energy performance of existing building stock should be high on the EU’s sustainability agenda.

This report assesses the ability of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing organisations to achieve both their own objectives for the period towards 2020, and those of the EU. It offers quantified insights into expected reductions in energy consumption and recommends policy actions to accelerate progress to the desired level. Among the report's most important findings are the identification of a funding gap of an estimated €180.6 billion euros between industry experts' projections of market growth, and the EU's energy efficiency targets for 2020.

Please click HERE to download the "Energy refurbishment for sustainable Social, Public and Cooperative Housing: insights on the current market & trends towards 2020".

22. January 2014

Exemplary Financing Models from across the European Union

Although many Member States now have in place or are working towards nearly Zero Energy definitions which will be incorporated into building requirements for new build construction, a large proportion of the housing which will be being used in 2050 is already built – and therefore there is also a need to identify funding sources which are as low cost and accessible as possible to drive a low energy refurbishment programme for these as well.

In this report we consider where we are now in terms of financing energy efficiency in buildings, where we need to get to, and what the next steps are in moving towards the final required target. This process also includes the examination of ten different financial models currently being used by various member states, taken from a cross section of housing types and tenures, and with consideration of the benefits and limitations of each.

Please click HERE to download the "Exemplary Financing Models from across the European Union Report".

26. February 2013

Fair Energy Transition towards nearly-Zero Energy Buildings

Public, Cooperative and Social Housing providers in Europe own and manage 12% of the housing stock. The POWER HOUSE nearly-Zero Energy Challenge, led by CECODHAS Housing Europe, seeks to build capacity and confidence amongst these providers ahead of the requirement that in 2020 all new buildings should be nearly-Zero in terms of their energy consumption and any energy required sourced from renewable supplies.

To address the issues at stake, previously identified through a needs analysis carried out in the framework of the POWER HOUSE nearly-Zero Energy Challenge initiative, Project Partners are currently working in four key areas identified as of key importance – Cold/Continental climates, Warm/Mediterranean climates, Divided/Cooperative ownership of dwellings and critically, the capacity to finance nearly-Zero energy refurbishment as well as the construction of new dwellings.

Please click HERE to download the "Fair Energy Transition towards nearly-Zero Energy Buildings Progress Report".

30. January 2013

Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings Overview: Status, Cost Optimality and Key Conditions for nZEB

Bringing together technical and economic feasibility and securing affordable housing is key to the fair energy transition towards nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB). This report provides an insight on the status of nZEB within the Countries involved in the POWER HOUSE nearly-Zero Energy Challenge and describes favorable conditions for bringing nearly-Zero Energy standards into practice.

A chapter is also dedicated to the concept of cost-optimality; particularly, the issue of calculated energy demand and costs vs. measured energy consumption data and actual running costs was analysed and tested for the case of Austria, based on both theoretical calculation and actual  data collected from a broad sample of buildings. The conclusions of this report, from both the descriptive and the analytical part, are formulated as key challenges on the way to nearly-Zero Energy Buildings.

Please click HERE to download the "nZEB Overview: Status, Cost Optimality and Key Conditions for nZEB".

Case Studies of the Week:

nZEC - New construction of 10 dwellings in Via Berlinguer, Montaione, Italy

Name of organisation: Publicasa s.p.a.

Location: Montaione, Italy

Type of Project: construction

Scale: individual buildings

Number of units/dwellings: 10

nZEC - Energy refurbishment of 129 dwellings in Tirschenreuter Ring, Berlin, Germany

Name of organisation: Degewo

Location: Berlin, Germany

Type of Project: refurbishment

Scale: group of buildings

Number of units/dwellings: 129

nZEC - Energy refurbishment of 40 dwellings in Võidu Street, Rakvere, Estonia

Name of organisation: EKÜL - The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations

Location: Rakvere, Estonia

Type of Project: refurbishment

Scale: individual buildings

Number of units/dwellings: 40

Source: http://www.powerhouseeurope.eu/home/