Seminar at ISHF2022: A Model for Scaling-Up Multi-Apartment Renovations in Estonia


Are you curious about what is behind the success story of the renovation of
Estonian apartment buildings?

Can it serve as a deep renovation model for all of Europe?


Join us at the International Social Housing Festival
on June 15 at 12:00-15:00 at the Aalto University.

Read more about the festival:



A Model for Scaling-Up Multi-Apartment Renovations: Estonia’s Experience of Investing in Innovation and Empowering Apartment Associations

Time:                      June 15, 2022 (Wednesday), 12:00-15:00

Location:                 Aalto University Undergraduate Centre (Otakaari1, Otaniemi, Helsinki), Room U358 AMER SPORTS

Festival theme(s):   Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing

Organizer:               The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL)

Event description:    The event will look beyond the state of the art of sustainability and energy efficiency in housing stock in Europe by providing a vision for new innovative and impactful housing initiatives for scaling up energy-efficient renovation. Speakers from the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, Tallinn University of Technology TalTech, housing associations and private companies from Estonia will discuss the existing challenges and best practices for scaling up the renovation of multi-apartment building stock, engaging the audience in the debates on energy efficiency, renovation technology and stakeholder engagement in Eastern European countries.

Target group:            The seminar welcomes diverse stakeholders and practitioners engaged in the topic of affordable energy efficient renovation of private multi-apartment housing stock: policymakers, academics, urban planners, architects, business leaders, representatives of NGOs and CSOs, apartment associations etc.


12:00 – 12:05          Welcome words

12:05 – 12:20          Keynote speech
Ivo Jaanisoo, Head of Department of Construction and Housing, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

Panel 1: Establishing a direction for renovation to take

12:20 – 12:35          The deep renovation model in Estonia: can it serve as a model for Europe?
Alo Mikola, Researcher, Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Research Group, Tallinn University of Technology

12:35 – 12:50          Long-term renovation strategy: approaches to ensuring the sustainability of housing stock across the country
Lauri Suu, LIFE IP BUILDEST Coordinator, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

12:50 – 13:05          Apartment associations as the key stakeholders for achieving the goals of sustainable and affordable housing
Andres Jaadla, Chairman of the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations, Housing Europe board member, Member of the CoR

13:05 – 13:20          Questions and exchange of ideas

13:20 – 13:40          Pause: networking & refreshments

Panel 2: Renovation in Practice

13:40 – 13:45          Introduction of the panel

13:45 – 14:00          Adapting to different contexts and starting points: what do the tested renovation solutions from different corners of Europe or the world teach us?
Edit Lakatos, Senior Policy Officer, Housing Europe 

14:00 – 14:15          Future of the renovation market: prefabrication, industrialisation and digitalisation of renovation processes in Estonia
Prof. Targo Kalamees, Tallinn University of Technology

14:15 – 14:35          2 Best Practices: renovation of privately owned apartment buildings managed by apartment associations

14:30 – 14:45          Discussion and questions, wrap-up of the event

Download the programme HERE!

Contact of the event

Anu Sarnet
+372 55 585 701