Mission and aims
Through its unique make up of members, covering social housing providers, universities and private sector organisations, EFL’s aim is to assist it’s members in working together to be at the forefront of economical and sustainable social housing community development in Europe, through quicker and better access to research, new innovations and funding than any other route.
Execution of the Mission
EFL’s strength lies in the participating parners engagement to share knowledge and experiences and sustainable interests for cooperation. Members participate in EFL in order to execute their own core activities and to gain knowledge of complementary participants (chain integration). They use newly acquired knowledge and give prominence to innovation of knowledge within the organisation.
Unique selling points
- Membership – the membership base of EFL is unlike any other, combining:
- the shared knowledge and experience of social housing providers across Europe;
- the cutting edge thinking of universities;
- earlier access than any other channel to private sector commercial property companies at the forefront of innovation in the development of economical and sustainable communities.
- Due to its focus on being at the cutting edge of economical and sustainable community development, EFL members can hear about new research and innovations in property and community development quicker than anywhere else, see it in action quicker than anywhere else and speak to those involved in developing it quicker than anywhere else.
- Ultimately that access to cutting edge thinking means that members have a head start on other similar organisations across Europe, when looking for EU funding and therefore a better chance of success and growth.
- Early access to the latest thinking also means that members can facilitate and drive building more economical and sustainable communities quicker than others.
- EFL breaks down the barriers that normally exist when looking at EU cross border working and partnerships. It means that it doesn’t matter what country a member comes from or what category of membership they are in, EFL facilitates and provides easy access to information and knowledge relevant to them and in a format that they want.
- Providing diversified living and working areas for different target groups and income levels (differentiation in living and working);
- Realisation of sustainable neigborhoods: – low energy use and provision of renewable energy – social acceptable – profitable
- Realising high-quality design of built-up and vacant areas (pleasant dwelling, working and living conditions);
- Realising a suitable level of services for the environment (residents and users);
- Creating sufficient employment and good conditions for setting up businesses for entrepreneurs (combination of living and working).
EFL’s ambition is to play a key role in Europe. A consortium with financially solid partners, the largest housing companies and a joint portfolio of more than 800,000 dwellings and business units will be able to make a concrete contribution to the EU’s aims. At the moment, modernizing the existing stock of rented aparments and making them energy-saving has priority. With its mission, EFL follows the aims decided on within the European Commission and will therefore be able to avail itself of the financial instruments provided by the EU. Programs such as Horizon 2020, ‘Intelligent Energy Europe’ (EFL Program REBECEE in 2008), or INTERREG (Project 2011-2015) are important mechanisms for the execution of EFL’s aims.