ComAct is participating at the Social Housing Festival in Helsinki with a session organised by our partner Habitat for Humanity International. This session aims to bring together a network of practitioners from public, private, and NGO sectors to discuss energy poverty, EU policies and their implementation at national level, community mobilization, and scaling up the financing for renovation of multi-apartment buildings.
The event specifically addresses the question of tenure structure and renovation of multi-apartment building stock in Central and Eastern Europe, countries of the Eastern Neighborhood and the Western Balkans and Southern Europe in the EU. Being one of the very few regional affordable housing advocates focusing on this specific region, organizing this event helps Habitat for Humanity build a stronger voice for specific challenges this region shares when it comes to affordable housing and energy poverty.
Moreover, we aim to enlarge the network by including Southern Europe into discussion as this part of Europe also shares some of the same challenges, like low level of social housing and high rates of owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings.
The session targets practitioners working in the field of residential energy efficiency for multiapartment buildings and energy poverty, government and municipal representatives from Central and Eastern Europe and from Southern Europe: consumer organizations, practitioners from international and EU institutions, NGOs and think tanks engaged in different affordable housing initiatives and addressing different types of energy poverty. Special focus will be given to owner occupiers in multi-apartment buildings to address the issue of energy poverty with energy efficiency retrofitting.
12:00 – 12:30 – Brief welcome reception (light lunch for registered attendees)
12:30 – 13:50 – Session 1: Energy poverty in owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. How to scale up energy efficiency renovations? (80 min)
13:50 – 14:10 – Coffee break
14:10 – 15:30 – Session 2: Dialogue between housing practitioners from Southern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe. What can we learn from each other about the renovation of owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings? (80 min)
Session 1: Energy poverty in owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. How to scale up energy efficiency renovations? (80 min)
Presentations about best practices which will be followed by a moderated discussion focusing on the wider applicability of the presented best practices and joint action towards influencing EU policy making.
- Liljana Alceva, Habitat for Humanity Macedonia
- Vidas Lekavičius, Lithuanian Energy Institute
- Anikó Pálffy , MEHI, Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute
- Petra Čakovská, Consumer Protection Society (SOS), Slovakia
Session 2: Dialogue between housing practitioners from Southern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe. What can we learn from each other about the renovation of owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings? (80 min)
Moderated panel discussion that will dwell on the similarities and differences between Southern Europe and CEE, and that will seek to discuss key topics such as how to address bottlenecks in regulation of home-owner associations, what kind of social facilitation is needed to support HOAs, and who should do the social facilitations and how it should be funded.
- Knut Hoeller, IWO Germany
- Elena Szolgayova, Co-chair of #Housing 2030, Slovakia
- Alice Corovessi, INZEB, Greece
- Andoni Hidalgo, International Affairs Advisor for the Basque Urban Agenda, Founder & Director of EuroIker, Basque Autonomous Community