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The Affordable Housing Initiative & the New Bauhaus:

Towards a green transition in public, cooperative & social housing | 13:30 - 15:00 CEST

Online, 25 February 2021Save the date

Public, cooperative and social housing providers are at the crossroads of the social, climate and construction goals set to advance in the green transition towards 2050.

In this session, we will bring to the forefront the social criteria to be considered in the projects supported under the Affordable Housing Initiative and the New European Bauhaus schemes included in the Renovation Wave. Both initiatives can become the vehicle to help reconcile liveability, housing affordability and decarbonisation of the built environment – vital if the Renovation Wave is to succeed. They can serve to build upon and harness the potential of public, cooperative and social housing providers to restore climate emergency with the social mission through their ability to orchestrate amongst the public, social economy and the construction sector.

Discussion Items

This session will help define the optimal features, governance & financing for the lighthouse districts supported by these initiatives through a social lens:

  • What features should the supported projects have?
  • What should be the funding streams?
  • How should the initiatives be governed?

A live scriber will capture the main messages from the session and will translate them into an illustration of a joint vision of the future lighthouse districts.  


Sorcha Edwards & Diana Yordanova
Housing Europe

13:30 - 13:40  
Ice breaker

13:40 - 13:50

  • Ulla Engelmann
    Head of Unit Advanced Technologies, Clusters & Social Economy, DG GROW - European Commission

13:50 - 14:15
Local experience: what features should the support projects have?

  • Natalia Rogaczewska
    Director of Public Affairs at B.L (The Danish Federation of Housing Associations), Denmark
  • Carine Puyol
    L’Union Social pour l’Habitat (USH), France  
  • Dirk Lönnecker
    Representative from Berlin Building & Housing Cooperative from 1892. Berlin, Germany

14:15 - 14:30 
How should the initiatives be funded?

  • Frank Lee
    Head of Division - Financial Instruments Advisory, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg
  • Bjorn Mallants
    Director of the Association of Flemish Social Housing Companies (VVH), Flanders, Belgium

14:30 - 14:45
How should the Affordable Housing Initiative be governed?

  • Adrien Hiel
    EU Policy & Communications - Energy Cities
  • Michaela Kauer
    Head of Brussels Office of City of Vienna

14:45 - 14:55
What to expect from the New European Bauhaus?

  • Alessandro Rancati
    Policy Officer of New European Bauhaus, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

14:55 - 15:00

Sorcha Edwards & Diana Yordanova
Housing Europe


The event will also be part of the EU Industry Days (23-26 February) organised by the European Commission. 

Register to the conference, HERE.