The 9th Baltic Housing Conference takes place in September 14, 2017 and provides space for discussions on best practice in the EU for improving the living environment. It will introduce Estonian experiences with energy-efficiency in multi-apartment buildings and aims to enhance cooperation between housing organisations from the EU, Ukraine and Belarus.
The event takes place under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is organized by the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations in cooperation with HOUSING EUROPE – The Federation for Public, Cooperative and Social Housing.
If you can’t be in Rakvere today, join us via webstream
(starting 14.09 at 10:00 EEST): www.saundland.ee/live or www.saundland.ee/live2 (with interpretation)
Tallinn University of Technology
The future of ageing prefabricated concrete large-panel apartment buildings is widely debated in Estonia as well as in neighbouring countries. Recent studies about the current technical condition of these concrete apartment buildings show that the load-bearing structures are generally in a satisfactory condition (except some facades, balconies, awnings, barriers etc.). In total there are about 3000 apartment buildings composed of prefabricated reinforced concrete large-panels (built mostly between 1962 to 1990), from which only less than one-tenth are estimated to have been fully renovated.
Josh Crites, International Social Housing Festival 2017
Estonia is a good example for many Eastern European countries on how to build up a housing sector movement. Estonia privatized a large number of their dwellings after the fall of communism. A large number of less advantaged people are actually owners of their dwellings. They live in condominiums organized into housing associations. Almost 60% of the total population in Estonia belongs to such an association. “Social rental housing in Estonia currently represents only about 1% of the total housing stock in the country and the rental sector is small. About 96% of the dwelling stock is currently in private ownership.
The awarded project “Energy consumers awareness” provides people in apartment blocks with energy efficient techniques and knowledge and aims to reduce their carbon footprint by the use of these systems.
The range of the average energy costs in apartments exceeds the average performance of the developed industrial countries with the same climatic conditions by a factor of one third. As the privatization program started, it impacted on all aspects of the economy. The state owned properties and enterprises were all privatized in a very short period of time. Moving from socialism, state property and planned economy to liberalism, individual property and market economy, the necessary financial and legal tools had to be put in place such as a land registry and a mortgage financing system.
The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations will host an international 9th Baltic Housing Conference „Sustainable Living Environment: Best Practices in Housing“ in Rakvere on September 14, 2017. By bringing together representatives of housing organisations from EU and EU development partnership countries, the conference will focus on efforts made by housing organisations towards achieving the EU 2030 energy efficiency target. The insights and analysis presented in this conference will provide input to the Conference Declaration on energy efficiency in housing.
On the following day, 15 September 2017, study visit will be held in Rakvere, introducing best local examples of improving energy-efficiency of buildings and reducing greehouse gas emissions.
2016 has been the final year of the multi-annual work programme that has been compiled by Housing Europe members and secretariat in 2012. The goals set within the programme as well as the overall Housing Europe vision were the compass that guided the organisation throughout a challenging year, the seventh in a row in the global financial crisis spiral.
Read: Housing Europe Yearbook 2016
As Brussels keeps benefiting from some halcyon days lately, Housing Europe has been active in many fronts, establishing new partnerships and strengthening existing ones. At the same time, getting ready for the various events in March that will push both the advocacy work and the skill set around energy to the next level.
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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations
wishes to all its members, partners and friends
an enjoyable holiday season!
We are looking forward to cooperating with all of you again in 2017!
Delegation from Russia – representatives from Moscow region, Tatarstan and Tver visited EKYL on October 11 and had a meeting with Andres Jaadla, chairman of EKYL. The delegation was interested in the developments of housing and apartment associations in Estonia.
More than 400 managers of apartment associations, local government officials and leaders from private sector gathered to Tallinn on October 4, where the XIX Housing Forum for Apartment Associations took place. The Forum is a traditional conference organised by EKYL, which raises the most relevant questions about housing and apartment associations in Estonia in its presentations and discussions. This year the Forum had a title “20 years of apartment associations’ movement – apartment association as an engine for housing development” and the event marked the highlight of the 20th anniversary year of EKYL.
The 2008 global financial and economic crisis underscored the vital role that stable and transparent housing markets play in a country’s economy. As a result of the crisis, some countries have experienced disturbing imbalances in their housing markets with foreclosures, homelessness, excess housing stock and a lack of affordable housing. There are more than 100 million people in the UNECE region currently spending more than 40% of their income on housing. Especially vulnerable to the current housing situation are young people with 48% of people aged 18-29 still living with their parents.
Albania, Estonia and the United Kingdom are announcing an initiative to tackle this problem with the creation of Geneva UN Charter Centres in Tirana, Tallinn and Glasgow. The Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing,
I would describe EKÜL in 10 words as the biggest cooperative housing organisation in Estonia, an independent union of 1.400 apartment associations participating actively in the housing-related policy developments in the country.
Our key objective is satisfying our residents in well managed apartment associations (housing cooperatives). We have the aim to be among the forerunners of democratic civil society and recognized representative of interests of our members in partnership with Estonian state institutions, municipalities, service providers as well as with partners abroad.
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New Council and Board was elected by Union Day 26.05.2016.
Newly elected Council members: Anvar Kima, Galina Lepik, Genadi Vaher, Jelena Smorodina, Karl Õiger, Marit Otsing, Peeter Lauring, Raimo Jõgeva ja Tiiu Varik.
The Board will continue: Andres Jaadla, Urmas Mardi and Dagmar Mattiisen.
Andres Jaadla, Chairman of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) and Board member of Housing Europe, visited UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on February 16, 2016.
At the meeting with Christopher Lalande, Housing Unit Leader at UN-Habitat, and Fernarda Lonardoni, Housing Policy Adviser at UN-Habitat, developments of housing and housing policy in Europe and globally were discussed. Andres Jaadla gave an overview of the activities of Housing Europe and EKYL, and introduced cooperation with the UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit. The Chairman of EKYL explained the housing situation in Estonia, the role of apartment associations and EKYL in the housing reforms and the international cooperation network of EKYL today.
EKYL shares experiences with the Serbian government
Andres Jaadla, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) and a Housing Europe Board Member participated at a workshop organized to strengthen the national capacity for sustainable housing and urban development in Serbia.
Andres noted that the developments in housing in Serbia are evident: „The war damages in districts of apartment buildings in the urban centres in Serbia today mark the difficulties that Serbian society had to overcome. This is something that Estonians understand well, although Estonia hadn’t suffer at the same degree when it regained its independece“.
Serbian colleagues showed vivid interest in EKYL’s experiences with apartment associations and refurbishment programs. In his presentation Andres Jaadla focused on developments in the housing sector and clarified some ownership-related
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Chairman of the Board of EKYL, Andres Jaadla takes part in the meeting
Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told representatives of Europe’s cities and regions to focus their climate change efforts on energy efficiency and especially the renovation of buildings. Cañete was speaking at the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and called on local leaders to put energy efficiency first in their policies. “Cities are at the heart of the fight against climate change,” he said, “it’s where most of us live and where most of our energy is consumed. 75% of homes in the EU were inefficient, he added, and smart renovation could cut up to 40% of the bloc’s energy consumption.”
Andres Jaadla of EKYL, addressing Mr. Cañete as representative of the ALDE group, highlighted the need