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27 May 19 |

Improving access to renewable energy for social tenants with EIB ELENA

The ASTER Project

Improving access to renewable energy for social tenants with EIB ELENA

What is ASTER? ASTER is a special purpose company which will manage and finance investment programmes which tackle energy poverty. Social tenants will be enabled to reduce energy use and to access the benefits renewable energy. It’s a cross sector initiative led by the social housing sector. One of the main motivators of ASTER is that financing is sustainable i.e. does not count on the public budget. It therefore avoids political discussions, particularly relevant in Belgium, about who should pay for the energy transition.

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29 Jan 19 |

10 minutes with Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation

Meet the faces behind housing providers across Europe

10 minutes with Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation

Our column that introduces you to one of the people leading the work of our member organisations is back. In this edition, we cross the 'Chunnel' to meet Kate Henderson, the new Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation. Kate took over from David Orr in autumn 2018 the lead in the organisation that is the voice of housing associations in England. She provides with insights concerning the housing sector at the moment in England and how it feels "preparing for uncertainty". Plus, as usual, she unveils her way of balancing life with work.

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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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