This publication is the first product of a new initiative of Habitat for Humanity International, the Residential Energy Efficiency (REE) Observatory in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
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Since HFHI started working on scaling up financing for owner-occupied multi-apartment buildings and homeowner associations in the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia) and in Armenia more than a decade ago, we have been always very keen on reflecting and evaluating what we did in the field, capture the key learnings, and publish research to support market development and policy advocacy work.
By recently establishing the Observatory we wanted to enhance our capacity in a strategic way and raise our efforts to a new level. It is our hope that we will be able to publish a collection of academic articles on a regular basis from now on. This publication is the first collection of such articles, and it includes mostly the summaries of previously published longer studies.
We believe that by disseminating good knowledge and evidence we contribute to the discussion in Central and Eastern Europe about how to scale up the retrofitting of multi-apartment buildings by energy efficiency improvements, and how to decrease energy poverty in a moment where heating in the winter has become one of the biggest political and social challenges in our region.
Keywords: energy poverty, multi-apartment buildings, homeowner associations, residential energy efficiency, Central and Eastern Europe