STEPS TOWARDS ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HISTORICAL DISTRICTS
how to rehabilitate old housing buildings in a sustainable manner
Energy efficiency in housing has a crucial importance; the household sector consumes around one third of final energy consumption (EEA) but this is also an area which offers plenty of opportunities for significant improvement.
Europe is facing serious challenges on the level of energy efficiency which mainly appears as a result of ageing housing stock with low environmental standards. This situation can only be solved with an integrated approach and with the active involvement of various stakeholders. To prove this point this research will examine a specific area of intervention. A typical affordable housing neighbourhood has been selected from the heart of Budapest in order to demonstrate the planners’ real challenges in a housing district rehabilitation which aims to increase energy efficiency. In course of the work we will present the different levels of possible intervention in terms of who the stakeholders are, what is the extent of investment depending on the technical and architectural complexity. Based on our research and interviews we will examine what the added value or the risks and challenges are on each level of intervention. Therefore we will have a clear picture of what the community can do without any financial support, what they can do with financial support and what the municipality can do in cooperation with the community with or without a big investment.
As the main goal of this work is to prove that the most significant added value is in the integrated approach involving the various stakeholders, the research will go beyond modelling the different intervention possibilities separately. Based on the best practices found in other European cities our work will outline how the most harmonious living can be achieved which is sustainable from environmental, social but also economic aspect.
Anna BAJOMI, master student in Social policy with specialization on housing issues
Melinda MIHALY, Economist on Regional and Environmental Studies (MSc)
Helena POLOMIK, Economist on Regional and Environmental Studies (MSc), strategic planner-analyst in the Ministry for National Economy, Hungary and seconded national expert of the European Economic and Social Committee
Beata IMRE, Economist on Regional and Environmental Studies (MSc), consultant specialized in development policy and indicator systems
Dia MOLNAR, architect Msc, consultant specialized in buildings’ energy efficiency and renewable energy, and sewage treatment projects