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New European Bauhaus: Habitat for Humanity International becoming a partner

The New European Bauhaus initiative (the NEB initiative) connects the European Green Deal to our daily lives and living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.

We are very excited to announce that we have become partners to the NEB initiative, and cannot wait to provide our know-how and ideas for the betterment of everyone's future in the question of energy poverty.

The New European Bauhaus is a new movement in the making!

But what is it exactly?

By creating connections, cutting across subjects and building on participation at all levels of society, the New European Bauhaus facilitates a movement to steer the transformation of our societies along three value systems:

The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. Additionally, by creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports change by also providing access to EU funding for a variety of sustainable, inclusive and most of all green projects, that can transform whole areas.

The partnership

Perhaps the most important part of keeping the NEB going are partnerships. The NEB's members act as sounding boards and key actors, whose actions within their respective communities address core values and dimensions of the NEB.

The partners usually have a large capacity for outreach, with the ability to:

The work of a partner

Nonetheless, being a partner is more than just a title, as it should be fully committed to making the NEB a reality.

Through the organization of trans-disciplinary conferences, workshops, by identifying or starting projects that enact NEB principles in real life, as well as by co-creating new sustainable living situations with communities and institutions, the New European Bauhaus can become a real experience.

Habitat for Humanity International will be committed to engaging in mutually beneficial exchanges and inputs of the initiative, sharing information, as well as managing our projects in line with NEBs values and ideas, including improving the sustainability of the residential building stock in the region, aesthetics by making buildings look nicer and more comfortable for the life of its inhabitants, taking into account the specific and complex social structures of the inhabitants living in these buildings.

With our projects, we represent Central and Eastern part of Europe, where not all countries are EU Member States, however, their historical context and building stock does not differ that much. We seek conversation between the EU and non-EU members to learn from each other and ensure the knowledge transfer to better identify the missing pieces in the process of renovating this building stock and making sure it is changed. For our work, connecting the NEB initiative to non-EU countries is essential and can be a key convening aspect for relevance of our work.

 

 

 

The conference organised by the European Commission took place between November 15-17, 2021, as a hybrid event with an in-person part in Brussels. Zita Kakalejcikova, Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency programs, spoke about the ComAct project and energy performance in residential buildings in the context of the New European Bauhaus initiative.

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an initiative targeting the incorporation of the core principles of the new European Green Deal into the construction sector while focusing on three main criteria: sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion. The NEB's High-level Roundtable consists of 18 experts in architecture, design, engineering, but also activists who believe Europeans should live in connection with the surroundings.

 

 

Fueled by the vision of response to climate change, the NEB initiative decided to reframe the original European Bauhaus from the 1920s so that the new one is based on the restoration of connection between humans and nature, the healthy relationship with our planet and focus on communities. As the NEB's slogan says, they aim to build a beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive society.

ComAct (Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation) is Habitat for Humanity's led project of all together 10 organization financed by the European Commission's Horizon2020 funding program targeting Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the regions of the former Soviet Union republics (CIS). As these regions have the most energy-poor people, ComAct is, in fact, extending the work on the issues that are already tackled by the REELIH project.

 

LIFE in the New European Bauhaus

The project manager of ComAct, Zita Kakalejcikova, spoke during an event organized by the EC called LIFE in the New European Bauhaus. Zita stressed the need to focus on energy poor households in multi apartment buildings in CEE and CIS region.  Her session tackled the energy performance in buildings emphasizing the need to decarbonize the building stock, which is essential to reduce emissions and meet 2030 and 2050 climate targets. As the event states, this session focused on how to scale up renovation rates while protecting cultural heritage, fighting energy poverty and harnessing the power of the community.

 

Speakers of the panel were:

You can watch the fruitful discussion recorded and shared on YouTube (session time: 1:32:44 – 3:04:42).


Find out more about the New European Bauhaus here and the event here.

More information about ComAct can be found on this link.


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