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June, 2019

Topic Group Social Domain at the 2019 International Social Housing Festival

  June, 07     Lyon, France

The EFL Topic Group Social Domain will host a workshop at the 2019 International Social Housing Festival.

Topic Group Finance & Investments

  June, 13 - 14     Prague, Czech Republic

The Topic Group Finance and Investment will have it’s summer meeting in Prague ! More information will follow.

Topic Group Construction:

  June, 20 - 21     Lille, France

Under the new lead of Vilogia (Lille, France), the topic group ‘Construction’ will hold it’s first meeting on June 20 & 21 in Lille.

Programme via this link

Registration via this link.

Lille Agenda: 20th + 21st June

Baseline: Passive house is an EU standard. The challenges are: rising energy costs, climate change, rising construction costs, comfort and air quality. Is Passive House standard an answer to those questions for social Housing Organizations? What about other solutions? Compare costs for the long term?

  • 20th June :
    • Lunch by Vilogia’s office
    • Presentation of the projects (Justice + Bois Habité) with introduction to passive buildings and the French market
    • Travel to Lille
    • Visit Justice + travel
    • Visit Bois Habité + travel if necessary
    •  Dinner
  • 21st June:
    • Coffee welcome
    • Challenge to present what are the solutions to reach low energy consumption for new buildings in your country (UK + NL + D + FR + DK + FI)
    •  TU Delft: academic point of view on Passive house compared to other solutions
    • If you were to carry out these projects in your countries, what would be the additional constraints and helps? What could have been improved in the projects you saw? Point of views: regulatory, technical, financial, human / social
      • workshop
      • coffee break
      • discussion
    • Speech by a sociologist (Gaetan Brisepierre TbC)
    • Conclusion Is Passive house a good solution for your countries? What kind of EU project could raise from this?
    • Ideas for a future location and topic
    • Lunch and good-bye

July, 2019

Summer School 2019

  July, 15 - 18     Springorumallee 20, 44795 Bochum, Germany


European Summer School for Young Professionals 15-18 July 2019 Bochum

Each year, 25-30 young people from all over Europe come to Bochum to discuss current challenges of the social housing sector with academic experts and experienced practitioners.

What will cities look like in the future? How will urban life become sustainable? Is “Smart City” just a buzzword or does it lead us towards a digitized way of living? How can we make sure that the digital transition does not leave a significant number of people behind? These and many other questions will be discussed in the 2019 edition of the European Summer School.

Join the European exchange of best practices and innovative approaches, develop new ideas and concepts in interactive workshops, see real examples in field visits, meet fellow young housing professionals from other European countries, and build up your personal European network – four exciting and instructional days are awaiting you in Bochum! Stay tuned for the full programme!

The European Summer School is brought to you by EBZ – European Education Centre for Housing and Real Estate in cooperation with EFL European Federation for Living, Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe IWO.

Be part of the third European Summer School at EBZ in Bochum!

September, 2019

Study Visit to Riga

  September, 12 - 13     Riga

Dear EFL member/ associate,

This year’s study visit will take us to the capital of Latvia, Riga, and takes place on September 12 and 13.
The organisation of the study visit is dedicated to IWO – our partner and specialist in Eastern European housing (

Participation is free for paying EFL members and associates (max 2 participants per organisation). Non EFL members or non paying associates (universities) are charged a fee for participation which covers diner, lunches, drinks and bus tour.

The fee for non-members/ non paying EFL associates is € 200,00 to be paid after registration and upon invoicing (issued by IWO).

Tentative program:

Thursday 12 September
10.00 am introduction/morning program (more info will follow)

12.30 pm lunch at restaurant, old town
2.30 pm site visit guided by city architect and incl. Q&A (walk around the old town + bus tour) (till 5.00 pm)
7.00 pm joint dinner at restaurant in the old town

Friday 13 September
9.00 am presentations/impulses by up to 4 local deciders and stakeholder regarding questions on domestic housing policy, real estate market, practitioners from housing, affordable/social housing, financing/funding, incl. coffee break (venue in the old town)
12.00 am lunch nearby, old town
1.00 pm presentation / Q&A by municipal administration company representatives
2.00 pm guided visit at Schwarzhäupterhaus (Blackheads House – major Riga sight), old town
3.00 pm end of the program

The program is in progress. This registration form only serves to register your presence.

Best regards,

Saskia Lührs (IWO)
Joost Nieuwenhuijzen (EFL)

October, 2019

EFL Autumn Conference 2019

  October, 30 - 31     Dublin, Ireland

The EFL Autumn Conference will take place on October 30 and 31 in Dublin, Ireland. Information about the conference will follow.

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