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10 minutes with Dr. Klaus Lugger, GBV International Relations

Meet the faces behind housing providers across Europe

Innsbruck, 8 July 2016 | Social, Urban, Economy, Energy

Every month we introduce you to one of the people leading the work of our member organisations. In this edition, we visit Innsbruck, in Austria. Klaus Lugger, the Co-Chair of the Housing Europe Observatory is also responsible for the International Relations of GBV. He introduces the organisation, gives us information about the perception of housing in the country and shares some thoughts about the current challenges at national and regional level. Plus, as usual, he presents his own way to strike a good life-work balance.



  • I would describe GBV in 10 words as a non-profit indispensable institution to the long-term affordable housing.
  • Our key objective is sustainable building development, economical use of resources, sustainable affordability of the living space which includes moderate construction costs and particularly affordable operating costs.
  • Apart from housing provision, our mission is to give to our customers security-protection against dismissal and costs- to place people, our clients, at the center of all our efforts.
  • We joined Housing Europe because cross-regional cooperation and knowledge transfer will be in the future of paramount importance and will constitute a competitive advantage 

In Austria

  • Housing is considered to be in Austria a very important factor, the basis for the mental and physical health, the notion of having their own “four walls” of the retreat and resort for all Austrians. 
  • Our key partners in the country are the local community, local authorities, housing subsidiary bodies, the construction industry, craft operators and research institutions as well.
  • Our main housing policy priority at the moment is to reduce the costs of the land and  of the construction to get acceptable rental fees for our clients.
  • The major challenge for the country today is the more stringent guidelines and standards that adhere to high quality and affordable to build homes and also the costs of land.

In person

  • I start my working day depending on the schedule, if necessary early in the morning, in general around 8 a.m.
  • After leaving the office I take professional appointments; otherwise I spend my free time in the circle of my family and I especially like spending time with my grandchildren Lilly, Paul and Rosa Luise.
  • Currently I am reading Germany 2064 from Martin Walker, a futuristic thriller of the world of tomorrow and Otto III. from Gerd Althoff combining historical consideration political and personal conduct at the time of the millennium.
  • I move around by On foot, by car, by train, by plane …  – whatever it takes.
  • I prefer having on my table... Actually, I prefer a good tidy desk, with my calendar, laptop and my iPad.


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