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European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 Handbook

The 20 projects that made it to the final

Brussels, 28 November 2016 | Published in Energy, Urban, Economy, Social

Meet the 20 finalists of the second edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards! From transforming a disadvantaged district into a sustainable one to tackling energy precariousness and from working closely with tenants to using vocational training to integrate refugees... Public, cooperative and social housing providers across Europe generate various innovative response to the housing challenges of our time.


The Handbook of best practices presents the 20 projects that were shortlisted under the 4 Award Categories that correspond to the core elements of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):

  • Local Social Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Good governance and fair relations with stakeholders
  • Responsible human resources management


Confronted with growing economic, social and environmental challenges, more and more public, cooperative and social housing organisations are enhancing and demonstrating their capacity to innovate and meet diverse needs. Providing affordable, good quality housing and services, guaranteeing security of tenure, empowering residents, thus contributing to sustainable local communities and people’s wellbeing… this is the core of responsible housing. These principles are stressed in the European Declaration on Responsible housing and in the CSR Code of Conduct, which were agreed in 2014 by all the stakeholders who took part in the ERHIN project.

In 2016, public, cooperative and non-profit housing providers have competed in the second edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards. Jointly organised by Housing Europe, Delphis and the International Union of Tenants, the competition showcases innovative best practices and promotes exchange of knowledge between local housing providers who promote local, social and environmental sustainability, good governance and responsible HR management.

After the successful first edition in 2014, this year public, cooperative and non-profit housing providers from different European countries have been competing and putting forward 62 best practices. The final selection has been difficult as the projects were of high quality and extremely diverse.

This Handbook provides key highlights of the 20 shortlisted projects. If you wish to read more, please visit

We hope that these examples will provide a valuable source of inspiration to carry on your activity in a responsible way.

Enjoy the read!