EFL Working Groups and Project Groups.
EFL Working groups are composed by experts from the EFL members and EFL Associated Partners. Working Groups form the “heart” of EFL because this is the place where experts meet, field visits take place and joint development of instruments is being realized. Some of the working groups cooperate close with our partnered organisation “European Housing Network”. Apart from thematical working groups, the members cooperate also in projects and in joint application for EU programs.
Currently there are four working groups active in the following fields:
1. Energy Efficient Housing.
A working group consisting of experts from housing companies, building companies and sustainable energy providers. The working group develops standards for enery efficient measures , financial models and hands-on information and tools for housing companies. In 2011 the working group developed a Manual for Tenant Participation (to be downloaded from the website).
2. Social Domain
This working group exchanges experiences and knowledge about the role of housing companies in their social responsibility. The working group realized an own appraoch with analysis tools and policy instruments with measures to improve the quality of disadvantaged neighborhoods. Experiences from Amsterdam, Berlin, Enschede, Rotterdam and Ruhrarea have been combined to give a full range of options. The working group cooperates with the Topic Group “Social Integration” of Eurhonet.
3. Senior Living
Innovation and exchange of experiences in the field of adapted living for elderly forms the core-interest of this working group. For 2012 and further, the working group will provide knowledge about domotics and the use of e-care in the European Project IStay@Home.
4. Working Group Low Cost Building
Presently working on a concept of a low cost construction for new residential real estate, for the first time to be realized in the City of Görlitz. Goal is to develop a smart design for construction in chain integration in order to make affordable housing for low income households possible and financially attractive for investors.
The EFLorganised a consortium of 15 european partners from 5 countries (B,D,F,NL,GB) for the application of an INTERREG Northwest Europe subsidy. The project is focussed on the use of home domotics , e- health and e-care in order to prolong the staying of elderly people in their homes and offer them security, social contacts, convenience and adequete support. Part of the project is the realization of an ICT platform in which all relevant ICT solutions will be offered and be opened for housing companies, service providers and tenants.