The project demonstrates new and innovative solutions to energy conservation and efficiency, whilst at the same time improving social conditions and improving architectural quality. It consists of six retrofitted social housing projects located throughout Europe and totals 839 flats and 70 houses. All of the housing projects include a variety of different energy-saving and renewable energy features that are designed to achieve energy savings of 50-60 per cent. Funding for the programme comes from a variety of sources including the EU Thermie Programme, national grants, the client’s own capital and loans. As well as saving energy the projects also seek to improve social conditions and improve the architectural quality of the building as well as its surrounding. Consultation has taken place with the tenants and local communities in order to increase the levels of participation and democracy in the local areas.


International agency, local community, NGO, private sector