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BSHF invites innovative housing projects to apply for the 2015/16 World Habitat Awards for the chance to gain recognition for their work.
The Second POWER HOUSE nZEC Symposium held in Versailles represented an excellent opportunity to assess the issues that cities of tomorrow will be facing in the near future and to discuss with local authorities’ representatives and housing experts about how Public, Cooperative and Social Housing providers should contribute to address these challenges and secure a ‘fair energy transition’.
The ten finalists for the 2014-15 World Habitat Awards have been chosen from over 200 projects, from over 80 countries around the globe. From initiatives focusing on homeless or marginalised people, large-scale lighting projects or finance models as well as community self-build in indigenous communities, this year’s finalists illustrate an impressive breadth of good practice in housing led by inspiring people worldwide.
In divided and cooperative property buildings, the role of the tenant or owner is crucial for the decision making process, especially with regard to the retrofitting of existing buildings.
This interactive report introduces the Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development and their award-winning work, highlighting some of the key aspects of their Local Housing Movement Program in Egypt.
The work of the Eco-city Augustenborg programme in Sweden – winner of the 2010 World Habitat Award – is showcased in this report, which is available free to download from the BSHF website.
The World Habitat Awards recognise innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to key housing challenges facing communities around the world.
David Ireland comments on solutions to global housing issues, on his return from the BSHF-funded peer exchange to the 100,000 Homes Campaign in the USA.
In July 2014 BSHF submitted a response to the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence’s (NICE) consultation on excess winter deaths and illnesses and the health risks associated with cold homes. The goal of the proposed guidelines, which are aimed at a range of key stakeholders including health and wellbeing boards and housing and healthcare providers, is to reduce preventable, excess winter deaths and improve health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups.
The 2013/14 World Habitat Awards for innovative and sustainable housing solutions were presented at the closing ceremony of the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia on Friday, 11 April 2014.
Recent Publications
27.01.15 BSHF Press release: Housing projects that make a difference
World Habitat Awards 2015/16 Brochure
BSHF Newsletter - December 2014
The city of tomorrow and the fair energy transition: the role of affordable and social housing providers
Report of the Second POWER HOUSE nZEC Symposium