Building energy efficient communities

18 Jun 2019

In many EU countries multi-family dwellings represent the dominant residential solution. But structural renovations to cut emissions and save energy may be a real challenge in such contexts, if the communities are not properly involved in the process

In most EU countries, half of the residential stock was built before the introduction of thermal regulations. But building renovation is particularly challenging for multi-family dwellings, where socio-economic conditions often represent a barrier. The only approach is to involve people from the beginning.

This is what some families have experienced in a block of flats in Zaragoza, one of the demonstration sites of the European project BuildHeat. A social worker helped the tenants to accept the changes, which is something quite innovative in this kind of project.

 

 

By Claudio Rocco

18 June 2019

Thermally efficient social housing for young adults

10 Jan 2017 - When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiencyYoung people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation. But these units – ... read more
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