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29 May 18 |

Germany: Serial and modular construction

Lowering the cost while boosting housing provision

Germany: Serial and modular construction

The European wide call for proposals for serial and modular construction concept was completed on the 29th of May 2018 with the presentation of the final nine tenderer (concepts of model buildings) and the conclusion of a framework agreement. Together with the ministry of internal affairs and constructions (Bundesinnen- und Bauministerium), the federal Chamber of Architects (Bundesarchitektenkammer), and the building industry association (Bundesverband der Bauindustrie), GdW Housing Germany signed the framework agreement.

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19 Mar 18 |

Affordable housing challenges in Japan and lessons learnt from Europe

An interview with Kenji Hamamoto, Deputy Director at the Housing bureau of the Japanese Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism

Affordable housing challenges in Japan and lessons learnt from Europe

Japan seems to be in a transitional period concerning its housing market. The increasing number of vacant homes and the need for a "safety net" for vulnerable citizens are posing demanding challenges to the authorities. A delegation from the Housing Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) visited Brussels last week to draw some inspiration from the way public, cooperative and social housing providers operate in Europe. As a follow up to a very interesting meeting between the delegation and Housing Europe Secretary General and Research Coordinator, Sorcha Edwards and Alice Pittini, we interviewed Mr. Kenji Hamamoto, Deputy Director at the Housing Bureau of the Ministry to know more about the housing reality in Japan.

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5 Mar 18 |

Housing Data Standard: boosting efficiency of the social housing sector

An inspiring exchange between Dutch and British providers

Housing Data Standard: boosting efficiency of the social housing sector

Collecting, processing and using data will help housing associations to become more effective and provide in the end better housing for more people. Developing a sector-wide data standard is important in this process, as it will allow associations to share and compare their figures and for their IT-based systems to be able to ‘talk’ to each other.

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