WS2_Housing_Reminder_Charter

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  • 1. Workshop 2 Housing session Reminder of the lessons from the 1st Conference Martin Charter, CfSD Case Studies: Chris Church ( ANPED / London 21, UK ) Finn Jackson ( Transition Towns - Farnham, UK ) Tom Chance ( BioRegional Group, UK ) Discussion
  • 2. Reminder of the lessons from the 1st Conference in Szentendre Martin Charter ( The Centre for Sustainable Design, UK )
    • Trends, drivers and impacts
    • Which consumption trends do you see?
    • What do you think are the drivers of these trends?
    • Which environmental, social & economic impacts are significant?
    • Current situation & solutions in
    • Policy Development and Implementation
    • Sustainable Technologies
    • Funding for SCP
    • Creative Instruments
  • 3. Current situation
    • Complexity of issues
    • Poor access to infomation
    • Poor understanding of policy process
    • Lack of good policy/standards - some national/local authority policies e.g. Merton rule in UK (15% energy from renewables) now adopted by 100 UK Local Authorities
    • Lack of implementation / weak regulation
    • Simplify and demistify – CSOs need to understand housing e.g. build link with experts (trade associations, training) with holistic view
    • Provide information and practical models
    • Further dialogue between government and other stakeholders
    • Fostering creative approaches to policy + lobbying for good policy/standards + practical models
    • Watchdog –monitoring implementation
    Policy Development and Implementation in Housing Solutions discussed
  • 4. Current situation
    • Lack of awareness, use
    • Fear of change and (mis)perceptions
    • Technology transfer – integration
    • Incentives strategies
    • Lack of awareness of incentives
    • (Limited, short term) prioritisation of technologies
    • Developing technology, including infrastructure
    • Good practice to common practice - Information, demonstration projects, partnering with trade exhibition (green building), database of good practice
    • Consultation centres – socialising technology
    • Brokering links and multi-disciplinary work between consumers, suppliers (innovators), architects,
    • Lobbying for incentive strategies
    • Informing e.g. about incentives
    • Building expertise in CSOs
    Sustainable Technologies in Housing Solutions discussed
  • 5. Current situation
    • Scope to influence priorities for and types of budgets/funding – limited opportunities in EECA
    • Are CSOs engaged with funding streams?
    • CSOs may feel they individually are not strong enough
    • Householders do not know about incentives
    • Help CSOs influence priorities for and types of funding – to address needs of civil society
    • Get CSOs aware, engaged with funding
    • Improve capability to apply for funding – active monitoring (part of website)
    • Help CSOs be aware of opportunities to join with others
    • Get academics and other stakeholders aware of what CSOs could offer e.g. expertise, networks for dissemination
    • Lobbying to influence targets for further funding
    Funding for SCP in Housing Solutions discussed
  • 6. Current situation
    • Many isolated ideas and experience - need ways to trial new ideas and build partnerships e.g. open innovation
    • ( New media mechanisms becoming available to engage, collect ideas/information and disseminate )
    • Facilitate communication e.g. new media - web network discussions, events etc for collecting and disseminating
    • Competitions
    • Creative ways to get governments to change e.g. policy tools
    • New ways to influence behaviour
    Use of Creative Instruments in Housing Solutions discussed
  • 7. Conclusions from workshop 2 Housing session Idea buble text text text Eco-housing demonstration Idea buble text text text Idea buble text text text Project ideas on housing
  • 8. Project idea : Eco-housing Demonstration
    • MAMA 86 Project Idea
    • Goal: The promote environmentally friendly life-style via demonstration of eco-engineering solutions for small households to raise awareness of sustainable housing and expertise of their practical application.
    • Means: Eco-village with possibilities for extension, and an information and training centre , consisting of:
      • • Habitable area (approx 10 houses) that will represent various eco-building techniques and environmentally safe materials; the housing area accompanied by areas for housing activities (farming, workshops and so on);
      • • ITC building that will be used for exhibitions, educational events, short- and medium-term training and related subject schools, conferences and round tables, and also for accommodating up to 30 persons;
      • • Common recreation area with a small body of water and zones of active and passive activities
    • It is planned to use natural /environmentally safe materials, and small-scale eco-technologies for supplying & treating water (e.g. dry toilets), energy production & saving (e.g. wind energy facilities, solar collectors, heating pumps), air ventilation, cooking (e.g. biogas production), etc. to support optimal indoor conditions while taking account of costs, efficiency & safety.
    • Main comments from the discussion
    How to promote sustainable housing/living: Project ideas