Livability & Affordability in the Digitized City : The annual agenda-setting event around affordable housing in Europe

Estonian Film Museum, Maarjamäe Palace, Tallinn, 7 June 2018

This summer Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and EKYL- Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations take a digital look in the future of our cities. In a country that serves as a role model for e-governance the annual agenda-setting event around affordable housing in Europe will bring together more than 150 representatives of housing associations across Europe, policymakers and the civil society in an exchange that generates evidence-based policy suggestions. The effects of the digital age become more and more visible in the cities we live in and will play a shaping role in their future. The question of data, smart city ideas or evolving collaborative governance models are just some aspects of this bigger trend unfolding. Within this context, housing is


Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations received high international recognition at the Energy Globe Awards ceremony in Tehran

Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL)
Press release

16 January, 2018

Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations received high international recognition at the Energy Globe Awards ceremony in Tehran

2000 projects from 178 countries were submitted for the Energy Globe Award 2017, which shows a global importance of the environmental activity and sustainable solutions for every problem in our world.

EKYL received Energy Globe National Award with project “Energy consumers awareness”. The project 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 target group were consumers in multi-occupancy apartment blocks. Almost 6,000 consumers/representatives of apartment associations participated in trainings targeted to energy efficiency and energy saving.

“It is a great honor for EKYL to receive this award and recognition, as


EKYL started new year with new plans for international cooperation

EKYL had the pleasure to welcome Gulnara Roll, Head of UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit last Friday, January 5th 2018. During the meeting new cooperation plans for 2018 were discussed, including activities in the framework of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia as well as ideas for new training programs.

The Geneva UN Charter Centre in Estonia was established in 2016 in Estonia in cooperation with the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL). EKYL specializes in the development and organisation of training programs on housing management for local housing management associations in Estonia and in countries with economies-in-transition. Read more: 

Holiday Greetings!

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 2018!


Delegation from Armenia in the Geneva UN Charter Centre in Estonia, 10.12.17 – 16.12.17

EKYL was happy to welcome a delegation from Armenia for the study tour from 10.12.17 to 16.12.17 on legislative and energy efficient retrofitting aspects of the multi-apartment buildings management sector in Estonia. The delegation with 10 members consisted of state officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia; the State Urban Development Committee adjunct to Government of the Republic of Armenia and officials from Yerevan Municipality. The visit was supported by the United Nations Development Programme.

The program prepared for the delegation by EKYL included lectures on the housing reforms and developments, legal aspects on cooperative housing in Estonia and strandards for real estate management and maintenance. Visits were organized to the Ministry of Justice of Estonia, the Ministry

The State of Housing in the EU, 2017 edition

Housing Europe

The 2017 edition of the ‘State of Housing in the EU’ provides proof that Europe’s housing challenge is far from over:

Housing has become the highest expenditure for Europeans and overburden rate remains stable at high level, hitting disproportionally harder the poor. House prices are growing faster than income in most Member States, while inequality and housing exclusion are mutually reinforcing. Territorial divide is alarming, as finding adequate and affordable housing in places where job opportunities are, is increasingly hard. As the level of housing construction is still low, especially major cities face a structural housing shortage reinforced by recent waves of migration.

More sustainable, efficient and decentralized energy – Highlights from the 9th Baltic Conference

By Housing Europe

The 9th Baltic Housing Conference took place on September 14, 2017 in Rakvere, Estonia providing space for discussions on best practice in the EU for improving the living environment.

The focus points of the event that has become a point of reference on housing issues in the Baltic region were energy efficiency of apartment buildings, experience of residential areas in different countries, plans of residential organizations and proposals for further housing management.

Read from Housing Europe News

Welcome to the 9th Baltic Housing Conference in Rakvere!

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): or (with interpretation)




The performance of ventilation must be improved and the building envelopes must be additionally insulated to extend the service life of ageing concrete large-panel apartment buildings

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.

How Estonia is Managing Major Housing Reform

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.

EKYL has been awarded the Energy Globe Award Estonia

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.

Initial situation
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.


Come to Rakvere on 14-15 September 2017 to the 9th Baltic Housing Conference!

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.

Housing Europe Yearbook 2016

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

Housing Europe News

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.

Read more from the Housing Europe News.



EKYL hosted delegation from Russia, 11.10.2016

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.

EKYL Celebrated its 20th Anniversary with Annual Housing Forum for Apartment Associations

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 first Geneva UN Charter Centre was established in Estonia in cooperation with the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations

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,

10 minutes with Andres Jaadla, CEO of EKÜL

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.

Read more from the blog of Housing Europe.

EKYL Union Day 26.05.16 – Council and Board elections

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.

Chairman of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations visited UN-Habitat Headquarters in Kenya

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.

Supporting sustainable housing & urban development in Serbia

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

Commissioner Cañete calls on cities and regions to focus on energy efficiency in buildings

Chairman of the Board of EKYL, Andres Jaadla takes part in the meeting
Brussels, 14.10.2015

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