Accessible and Intergenerational Living
The Topic Group Accessible and Integenerational Living studies the larger demographic framework in Europe, with a special focus on the consequences for the affordable housing sector.
Over the last five years the group actively executed succesfull projects and delivered tailored brochures and documentation regarding housing for an ageing population. According to the EU’s ageing report, the age profile of Europe is expected to change dramatically in the coming decades. It shows that the overall population of Europe will increase only moderately by 2060 (517 million, up from 502 million in 2010). Whilst the share of those aged 15-64 is projected to decline from 67% to 56%. The share of those aged 65 or over is projected to increase from 17% to 30%. Hence, the ageing population will pose significant challenges for the economies and welfare systems across Europe and consequently also affect the housing business.
Results from the period 2013-2017:
– The group initiated the EU funded project IStay@Home , a four year Interreg NWE project focussed on innovation and digital solutions for elderly tenants who want to stay at their homes
– A design competition for architecture and design students requesting stimulating, innovative ideas in the field of new-build accessible housing for the elderly. The competition delivered more than 25 entries from the whole of Europe.
-Guideline and reference of technical requirements for homes for elderly across Europe.
In 2018 the topic group has taken the initiative for a total new project.
During the last decade we have seen an increased political focus on housing for the elderly and many environmental goals have been set; but the turning point is still to come. European Federation for Living (EFL) is launching a new project which aims to bring together learning and expertise from among housing providers, innovative companies and Universities to identify and share the most effective technical and organisational solutions. The goal will be to enable people to live comfortably and independently in their own home and at the same time to achieve cost and environmental impact reductions from buildings and the way they are used.
This project will examine six innovation areas that relate to these challenges.
1. Big data
2. Energy and behavioral change
3. Service platform
5. Integrated care
6. Fall prevention