Housing Europe News 12.12.2016
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Before you start placing the presents underneath the Christmas tree the last edition of the Housing Europe Newsletter hits your inbox to make sure that you have all the information you need for a smooth start in 2017.

The European Commission presented the long awaited 'Winter Package' and there are many things in it that will be affecting our work over the next years. We summarized the key points. At the same time we reacted to the latest Eurostat briefing that highlighted that housing tends to become a burden for an increasing number of Europeans.

The first report of the Housing Europe Working Committee meetings is now available as well as the highlights from the European Responsible Housing Award Ceremony, a true source of inspiration for our sector.

Watch out for the warnings on housing bubbles from the European Central Bank! How to deal with them? Responsible housing finance is the answer as you will read on our blog. In our 'Publications & Articles' section you may find a list for your holiday reads, if you want them to be work related.

There are quite a few updates and upcoming opportunities around EU Funding, so don't miss out our round up in the 'Projects' part. 

Last but definitely not least the calendar of Housing Europe activities in 2017 is now available waiting for you to save it, download it or print it depending on the kind of the agenda you will be going for next year.

Enjoy the read!

From all of us at Housing Europe best wishes for
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Quick Links 

What are the implications of the
new set of EU energy legislative proposals on housing? (*)
Our analysis of the so called 'Winter Package'

The European Commission presented on the last day of November a package of measures "to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets." What is in there for housing? What may be the implications of the various directives on our sector? What is the institutional timeline? A point by point analysis by Housing Europe.
Housing should not be a burden for Europeans
The latest briefing issued by Eurostat highlights the pressing need for EU Member States to revert a dangerous trend in the overall cost of housing. According to the Statistical Office of the Union “In 2015, households in the EU devoted nearly a quarter of their total consumption expenditure to housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels. This represents a total spending of almost € 2 000 bn which is equivalent to 13.4 % of EU GDP and by far the most significant expenditure of EU households”.

Read our press release as a reaction to the briefing
The launch of the 2017 Annual Growth Survey & Alert Mechanism Report

The European Semester 2017 has started by the publication of a series of reports that contain the analysis of the European Commission of the general situation of the EU and where Member States should pay attention.

Check out the relevant points for Public, Cooperative and Social Housing providers

Housing Europe members can also check our European Semester Toolkit (*)
Celebrating Responsible Housing

The Award Ceremony of the 2nd edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards took place on November 23rd at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. We put together the highlights and we introduce you to the winners and the finalists of this year’s competition

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Housing Europe Working Committees' report (*)
Highlights from November 2016 meetings
Check out a summary of the highlights from all Working Committee meetings that took place in Brussels on November 21st and 22nd. You may also download all presentations delivered during both days.

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Housing Europe visits CLT Brussels

Housing Europe members held the November meeting of the Social Affairs Committee in Molenbeek at one of the sites where the next Community Land Trust (CLT) Brussels project is going to be developed. The delegation had the chance to be introduced to the CLT model and to discuss about the opportunities and the challenges related to it.

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Warning: housing bubbles!

The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) – an advisory body to the European Central Bank- has published a set of country-specific warnings on medium-term vulnerabilities in the residential real estate sector. Is Europe confronted yet again with housing bubbles...?

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The Renewal of the Dwelling: What can we learn from the European Housing Construction 1945 - 1975?

Housing Europe contributed to the International Conference under the ‘Renewal of the Dwelling: European Housing Construction 1945-1975’ that took place at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt.

Housing Europe Communications Director, Michalis Goudis delivered the keynote speech triggering an exchange around the social and political dimension of affordable housing today with an audience of renowned architects, academics, students and architectural researchers.

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Real Estate, Built Environment and a sustainable society

Housing Europe supports the factsheet of 'Real Estate & Built Environment life cycle' that comes as a follow up to the letter sent to the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans. The document contains the Real Estate & Built Environment life cycle, explains the various stages and how they are linked, and presents some key facts & figures on why our sector is so important, to people, the economy and climate.

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Scotland: Housing cooperatives raise the bar for welcoming refugees

Housing Cooperatives and Associations across Scotland have pledged up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families being relocated to the UK, putting forward the largest single pledge of housing for refugees in Great Britain.
“The fantastic response from the housing associations and co-operatives from Scotland reinforces the humanitarian ethos that underpins the housing association movement in Scotland” says Mary Taylor, CEO of Housing Europe member SFHA.

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Articles & Publications
European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 Handbook

Meet the 20 finalists of the second edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards! From transforming a disadvantaged district into a sustainable one to tackling energy precariousness and from working closely with tenants to using vocational training to integrate refugees... Public, cooperative and social housing providers across Europe generate various innovative response to the housing challenges of our time.
The Handbook of best practices presents the 20 projects that were shortlisted under the 4 Award Categories that correspond to the core elements of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Read and download the publication
Responsible Housing Finance in Europe

In his guest blog post Sébastien Garnier, Head of EU Affairs for Housing Europe Dutch member, Aedes, explains why responsible housing finance is key to combat the affordable housing shortage that becomes a reality in more and more European countries. Check out how less gambling indeed leads to better investments through concrete examples that support emerging alternative of responsible housing finance.

Read the article on the blog of Housing Europe
Italy: Student housing as part of urban regeneration

Palazzo del Carbone is a student housing project that was recently completed in Reggio Emilia, Italy and is part of a plan to regeneration of the historical centre of Reggio Emilia. Housing Europe Research Coordinator, Dr. Agata Krause visited the site and reports.

Read more on our blog
Belgium: Where Refugees Can Come Home

Once again, Mechelen is on the news, this time actually on the ‘New York Times’. What makes the welcoming policies for refugees work in this city of around 85,000 people in northern Belgium, attracting international praise and attention?

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New calls under Horizon 2020, Interreg and UIA (*)

New funding opportunities will be available in the beginning of next year, we therefore invite you to visit the ‘EU Funding’ portal of Housing Europe to mark the calls that are most relevant to your work.
Horizon 2020
New calls will open on 19 January 2017 and 6 relevant calls will be available to support energy efficient renovations, public procurement, construction skills building and developing innovative finance schemes.

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
New call for proposals “AAL packages/Integrated solutions” is going to open in February 2017 to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.

In March 2017 you may apply for means to support cross-border projects especially in low carbon economy and resource efficiency.

Urban Innovative Actions
The next Urban Innovative Action call will be launched in mid-December 2016 and the European Commission is looking for new ideas in circular economy, urban mobility and in other areas.

More information
Funding Instruments for Energy Refurbishments

The Transition Zero project, in which Housing Europe is a partner, aims to make Net Zero Energy (E=0) refurbishments a market reality in the UK, France and The Netherlands. In the latest paper issued within the framework of the project partners present their set of policy recommendations at EU level, while looking also at the situation in each of the three partner countries.

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PROF TRAC issues its 3rd newsletter

The third newsletter of PROF TRAC is now available, bringing you news and events on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) from around Europe. Check it out to see the lessons learned from the results of the seven national roadmaps that deliver useful information around the professions and the mapping of skills related to nZEB. The seven national roadmaps are worth reading, because they illustrate how countries should deal with numerous national obstacles in reaching nZEB standards.

Also, the first round of the national training courses has been concluded, analysing the multidisciplinary design of nZEB with the aim to monitor, evaluate and improve the approach of the PROF/TRAC project.

You may read the newsletter and subscribe to it here

ABRACADABRA, the EU Horizon 2020 project with the 'magic' name, in which Housing Europe is a partner has its own page on Facebook. If you are interested in the market up-take on Energy Efficiency in buildings and in nearly Zero Energy Buildings in particular, then ‘like’ the page to follow their updates.

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Housing Europe Calendar of Activities 2017 (*)

Working Committee meetings, the annual General Assembly but also key conferences and workshops and more... The Housing Europe Calendar of 2017 is now available.

Log in to save the dates and download the calendar in PDF from our website
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