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CECODHAS Housing Europe meets Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The city of the future and the role of affordable housing

Brussels, 25 June 2014 | Published in Energy
The Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 premises
The Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 premises

International Conference & European Social Housing Award on July 3 in Versailles, France.

Quality of life in the urban centers of tomorrow demands innovative, sustainable solutions and political will. Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 will showcase some of the most innovative concepts for future homes. CECODHAS Housing Europe along with its French member L’Union Sociale pour l’Habitat (USH) will evaluate these ideas, awarding the European Social Housing Award but will also attempt to charter the main political challenges emerging. What should be the future role of affordable housing? An international conference that will take place within the partnership framework with Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 on July 3 in Versailles in France will explore the responses the sector may provide

CECODHAS Housing Europe President, Kurt Eliasson shares the expectations that are generated through this strategic alliance:

“We team up with Solar Decathlon Europe, eager to get more ideas on how to improve and expand our work. Future-proofed housing will be central for true social resilience in our post carbon cities. To achieve this, buildings need to be designed into the energy infrastructure as highly efficient energy storage units-cum-power plants. Together with communities and cities we are helping to make that happen.

The Conference

The international conference that is the second symposium of the CECODHAS Housing Europe flagship European Project, POWER HOUSE nearly Zero Energy Challenge, will focus on social and affordable housing providers within the urban context to better understand the challenges that cities of tomorrow will be facing. Between new constructions and refurbishment plans, how urban areas should adapt to be accessible, sustainable and in line with the new lifestyles? How can the social housing sector react?

The full line-up of presentations and discussions is available online

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The European Social Housing Award

Additionally to the conference, CECODHAS Housing Europe will present the European Social Housing Award. A team of Jurors coordinated by the organisation, composed by high-level Social Housing Experts including Directors of both National Federations and Local Housing Companies, Technical & Building Physics Experts and Specialists in Housing Regeneration Programmes, Fuel Poverty and innovative approaches to working with low income and vulnerable households, will also evaluate the proposed 20 projects and award the “Housing Europe meets Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Award - For a Fair Energy Transition in the EU”. This award will be based on usability and affordability (both in the construction and use-phase) criteria from the perspective of the residents and the providers.

You may meet the 20 competing projects from around the world online 

Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Decathlon is an award-winning competition, launched in the USA, which unites the greatest universities from all over the world to design, build and operate a full-scale, entirely functional solar-powered house. The European edition takes place every two years; in 2010 and 2012 Madrid hosted the competition with visitors exceeding the 200.000 mark.