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Research Programmes

Innovative Housing in Europe

Innovative Housing in Europe 

BSHF is carrying out a range of projects that are concerned to identify innovative housing practice in Europe and to encourage its transfer. These include commissioning research on relevant themes and working with the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing (CECODHAS) to support research and events to encourage the transfer of good practice.

BSHF was one of the partners in the EU-funded Power House Europe project to encourage the sharing of good practice in energy-saving by social housing providers throughout Europe. This three year project was completed in 2011 and a further three year project is currently being funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Programme. This is entitled the nearly-Zero Energy Challenge and will build capacity and confidence amongst Europe's social, cooperative and public housing providers ahead of the nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) obligations to be introduced in 2020, which will require that all new buildings should be nearly-Zero in terms of their energy consumption, with any energy required sourced from renewable supplies.


In partnership with CECODHAS Housing Europe, BSHF has published a progress report on the “Fair Energy Transition towards nearly-Zero Energy Buildings”. Social, cooperative and public housing providers in Europe currently own and manage over 27 million homes (12 per cent of the total housing stock), many of which needs significant improvement to increase its energy efficiency.


The progress report presents the current developments towards nZEB in Europe, as well as the barriers faced. The report also provides recommendations for action that could be implemented to ease the transition to nearly-zero energy homes, with a variety of best policy and practice examples emerging throughout Europe that are dealing with different aspects of delivering a fair energy transition.


The report was presented at the World Sustainable Energy Days conference in Wels, Austria on 1st March 2013. This report is available here and a copy of the presentation made at this event can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.


Previous reports produced in co-operation with CECODHAS Housing Europe on good housing practice in Europe include:

  • Safe as Houses – more
  • Sustainable Community Projects Across Europe - more
  • Places to Live: Ways to Ensure Sustainable Urban Regeneration - more
  • Financing Social Housing after the Economic Crisis - more
  • Urban Regeneration in Europe: The place of social housing in integrated urban policies - more
  • Welfare Transformation and Demographic Change in Europe: Challenges for the Social Housing Sector - more
  • Current Developments in Housing Policies and Markets in Europe and the Implications for the Social Housing Sector - more

Statistical information on social housing provision

In order to improve the quality and consistency of factual information on social housing provision in Europe, BSHF has supported research to identify current social housing provision in all 27 member states of the EU. The report below summarises this information.


2012 Housing Europe Review - more

Housing Europe 2007:  Review of social, cooperative and public housing in the 27 European states - more

  • How to finance energy efficiency - more
  • How to finance energy efficiency - more
  • Fair Energy Transition Towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings - more
News and Events

Research shows growth in Empty Homes activity

The Housing and Communities Research Group at the University of Birmingham has launched a case studies report ...

Join BSHF at the World Urban Forum!

We invite you to join us at the BSHF networking event ‘Scaling up Innovative Housing Solutions’ on 11 April 2014, followed by the presentation of the 2013/14 World Habitat Awards.

New Director for BSHF

David Ireland has been appointed as BSHF’S new Director.