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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.

 

 

 

Općina Centar Sarajevo / Municipality Centar Sarajevo | LinkedInThe REELIH project of USAID and HFHI, has been implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2012. Thanks to the project, technical assistance for the development of the institutional environment and a sustainable financing model for energy efficiency measures in the housing sector with a focus on low-income households was provided in localities of Tuzla Canton, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia-Podrinje Canton, Tesanj and Doboj. We are very excited that from March until November 2021, the project will be implemented in yet the seventh location, Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton.

This municipality is one of Sarajevo's four and belongs to the most developed municipalities in Sarajevo Canton. The development of this municipality is citizen-focused, concentrating on their well-being and accelerating their potential. The aim of Municipality of Centar is to establish and maintain the environmental balance and commitment to modernization of its services and institutions. The implementation of REELIH project can definitely contribute to reaching this goal.

The agreement was mediated by the REELIH implementing company ENOVA in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ENOVA started the implementation of the project by presenting the REELIH project in the presence of Centar's Mayor Srđan Mandić, and other representatives of relevant municipal services.

One of the goals of the REELIH project implemented in the Municipality of Centar is to adopt a five-year action plan for measures to increase energy efficiency in the housing sector based on a development of suitable financing program. Results should contribute to a creation of long-term capacities for implementation of energy efficiency programs in the housing sector of this municipality.

Fingers crossed for a successful implementation of the REELIH project in this Bosnian municipality!

PRESS RELEASE, ARMENIA

On July 14, 2020, Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation (Habitat Armenia) and "Agroleasing Leasing Credit Organization" LLC signed a partnership agreement which is aimed at

establishing a mechanism to facilitate the lending process for the renovation and energy efficiency improvement of residential buildings in Armenia.

In particular, the purpose of the partnership is to support the management bodies of residential buildings to renovate and improve energy efficiency in their buildings, including renovation of entrances, installation of energy efficient windows and doors, external thermal insulation of walls, modernization of lighting systems, etc. To facilitate the process of lending to management bodies of residential buildings, Habitat Armenia has set up a $50,000 guarantee fund. At the pilot phase of the project, it is planned to renovate at least 18 apartment buildings in line with the project criteria. The target beneficiaries of the project are the management bodies of residential buildings in Armenia, which will also be provided with technical assistance on renovating buildings and implementing energy efficient and energy saving measures.

The partnership is implemented within “Residential Energy Effciency for Low Income Households” (REELIH) project which is funded by USAID and co-funded and implemented by Habitat Armenia.

 “One of the most important prerequisites of the project implementation is the close cooperation of the residents and their willingness to take part in the project and regularly pay the mandatory fees. According to the results of the survey among homeowner associations that participated in the project, the level of comfort in the buildings has enhanced, energy efficiency has improved and the trust of the residents towards the homeowner associations has increased”,

said Varsenik Khloyan, Manager of REELIH project.

The project aims to improve the investment environment in Armenia related to residential energy efficiency,  develop and implement applicable financial models, develop the national institutional capacity, as well as establish a national platform for knowledge exchange and implementation of pilot projects.

 

According to Aram Mkhitaryan, Director of “Agroleasing Leasing Credit Organization,

there are a large number of Soviet-era buildings in Armenia that need renovation. The project is a good opportunity to renovate residential buildings in Armenia, while reducing energy costs and providing residents with more comfortable conditions.

Habitat Armenia has implemented projects directed at renovation and energy efficiency of residential buildings in Armenia since 2011. To date, within the scope of the above mentioned projects energy efficient measures have been implemented in 43 residential buildings as a result of which around 2,600 families live in upgraded and energy efficient buildings. According to the project monitoring data, as a result of the measures taken, an estimated reduction in energy consumption of up to 6% was recorded.


About Habitat for Humanity Armenia

Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation is the national office of Habitat for Humanity International founded on the conviction that everyone should have a decent place to live. Since 2000, through the work of Habitat Armenia, more than 8,300 low- and middle -income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Habitat Armenia has a key role in affordable housing by helping to institutionalize energy efficiency in the country. By partnering with financial institutions, local municipalities, as well as international organizations, homeowner associations and tenants of residential buildings, Habitat Armenia implements substantial sustainable energy projects in residential sector. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

To learn more about REELIH project in Armenia, click here.
To learn more about Habitat Armenia, visit www.habitat.am

About “Agroleasing Leasing Credit Company

"Agroleasing Leasing Credit Organization" LLC was established in 1999, and in 2003 it was re-registered in the Central Bank of Armenia, receiving a license for leasing and lending activities. The main directions of Agroleasing Leasing Credit Company’s activities are financing of agriculture, food processing organizations, individuals, entrepreneurs, as well as energy efficient projects. The organization has funded start-up food processing entrepreneurs who currently hold leading positions in Armenia, and the implemented programs have contributed to the creation of about 5,000 new jobs.

To learn more, visit www.agroleasing.am

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