European Affordable Housing Consortium: Sustainable Housing for Social Impact

The European Union has embarked on a challenging journey towards carbon neutrality. A promising approach is district renovation. Renovation at district scale reduces CO2 emissions by optimising the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy sources, taking advantage of economies of scale.

The project European Affordable Housing Consortium: Sustainable Housing for Social Impact (SHAPE-EU) will support SMEs, public authorities and affordable housing providers in implementing lighthouse district-level renovation projects. These will target social and affordable housing with innovative features, such as the use of smart, circular and modular renovation technologies, people-centred business models or experimental co-creation and engagement practices. Support will be provided in the form of:

  • Upskilling and reskilling practitioners of the local industrial partnerships, based on local needs and contexts.
  • Facilitating collaboration across Europe.
  • Disseminating successful projects and helping to identify opportunities and overcoming challenges to renovation.
  • Providing recommendations for sustainable financing, better regulation and standards.

The consortium will create a Districts Accelerator – a hub of expertise, networking and knowledge transfer, entirely dedicated to helping local partnerships integrate innovative features. SHAPE-EU will produce blueprints to guide local partnerships towards planning and implementing lighthouse district projects on project implementation, social innovation, and technical, financial and regulatory issues. The project will also serve as a policy lab for improvements in EU policies on state aid and procurement that can support local renovation projects. The project will lead to measurable reductions of GHG emissions, as well as have a positive impact on job creation linked to the green and digital transitions, boost the local construction sector, and make housing fit for all social groups.

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