People-centred energy transition in neighbourhoods

About the International Social Housing Festival 2022

International Social Housing Festival 2022 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on June 14–17 and it is organized by The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA), City of Helsinki and Housing Europe. The 2022 edition of International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) explores housing as the foundation of good life. The festival highlights the role of social, public and co-operative housing in achieving socially and ecologically sustainable living in our cities now and in the future.

International housing community – housing practitioners, policymakers, architects, researchers and tenants – is welcomed to take part in this critical conversation, ask questions and find answers together.

A range of Finnish and international partners will come together to provide a variety of seminars, site visits and workshops exploring both policy and practice of putting people first.


Background of the event
As the world debates actions to combat climate change, the success of reducing greenhouse gas emissions relies largely on the transition to a low carbon and energy-efficient built environment. Increasing population and economic growth also reveals a greater need for buildings. The challenge is how we boost access to affordable housing for everybody while at the same time reducing emissions. Affordability is especially relevant for vulnerable and low-income households, whose residents often live in social housing.
It is essential that people are put in the driver’s seat of the energy transition to make energy-performing and sustainable buildings widely available, in particular for medium and lower-income households confronted with high energy bills and energy inefficient homes. Renovation has to be used as a lever to address energy poverty and access to healthy housing for all households, including for persons with disabilities and for older people. The European Commission recommends that countries specifically address vulnerable households as a priority in their national long-term energy renovation strategies. However, involving vulnerable households in the energy renovation process can be challenging and more insights is needed on how to do this.


16:00–16:10 syn.ikia project: sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods
with Clara Mafé, Innovation & Project Officer at Housing Europe

16:10–16:20 Understanding energy justice in social housing
with Ruth Woods, Research Scientist at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

16:20–16:30 The 5 environmental justice drivers for a more people-centred energy renovation process
with Wendy Broers, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Zuyd University

16:30–16:40 Environmental justice in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona
with INCASOL, public housing company in Catalonia

16:45–17:30 Co-creation exercise: how can the principles of environmental justice be applied in your social housing neighbourhoods?
In groups, we will work together to analyse what kind of difficulties you come across concerning tenant participation in energy renovation projects, and how you dealt with these problems. By sharing experiences we would like to develop more insights for a more people-centred energy renovation process by using the different dimensions of environmental justice, applied in different social housing neighbourhoods around Europe.

  • Distribution: a fair and equal distribution of financial and non-financial costs and benefits
  • Recognition: acknowledging the various needs, rights, and experiences of different tenants in the energy renovation process
  • Participation: fair and meaningful participation of tenants in the decision-making process
  • Capability: capability of communities and individuals to function and flourish
  • Responsibility: responsibility of the housing association and the tenant in the energy renovation process.

Register for this event with the festival registration form.

Organizer’s contact details:
Housing Europe
Clara Mafé

More information on ISHF 2022 is available here.

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