The SHE project (Sustainable Housing in Europe) was supported by the European commission in the FP5 programme (City of tomorrow).
It began in 2004 and ended in 2009 and was coordinated by Roberto Ballaroto and Alain Lusardi for the Italian Confcooperative (Roma).
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The reasons moving the SHE project lie in the challenge to create a living example of sustainable housing methods and criteria, that may contribute to better acceptance of sustainable building processes in Europe and potentially contribute to improving environmental and health conditions of the end users and to move the few present examples of sustainable housing from the “extraordinary” to the “ordinary” as well as to improve the link between the buildings and the neighbourhoods in which the inhabitants live…. The concern and daily involvement of the social housing organisations part of the consortium in the field of residential buildings has lead to the theory that an holistic study and assessment of the building life-cycle, from an environmentally-friendly and sustainable point of view, including the buildings in their context, i.e. the neighbourhood linked to the city (centre), will certainly ease balancing investment costs with economic, environmental as well as social benefits so to demonstrate the real feasibility and important application of such principles to ensure better living conditions for present and future generations.
The project aims:
The innovative aspects of the project are:
Monitoring activities, as defined according to specific protocols and strategies, will be used in order to realistically assess the effects and effectiveness of the technical and socio-economic issues. These activities together with evaluation practices will document the financial, functional and social appeal of the proposed approach, thus stimulating assessment as common and not experimental practice for urban development. The same structure and associates of the consortium, a European network of social housing organisations and a team of experts, guarantees the best and strongest mean to spread the results and replicate the experience on a national and international scale.
The link with the urban level (city and neighbourhoods) is made due to the 2 partners who were also involved in the HQE2R project: CSTB (with Catherine Charlot-Valdieu, the HQE2R coordinator) and La Calade.
The outcomes of the pilot projects will produce:
Get these results by downloading the report named Economic and social issues towards sustainable housings (February 2009)
Download the files on the final conference: