Depending on the respective project content and topic, measures and activities address different target groups to varying degrees.
In Eastern Europe, for example, our projects are often aimed at homeowners or communities, aiming at their involvement, participation and motivation in order to strengthen them in taking joint responsibility beyond their own apartments and for the entire building. Other projects aim to sensitise, qualify and/or professionalise administrative companies and housing managers, suppliers and refurbishment companies, local decision-makers and responsible local authority representatives, local utilities, banks and financial institutions.
With regard to target groups in Germany and the European Union, our aim is to actively involve experts, practitioners and decision-makers in projects and, with their help, to contribute know-how and experience from Germany and other countries in Eastern and Western Europe in line with the objectives of the project and the association.
We want to create examples of the feasibility and delivery of energy-efficient, sustainable buildings and cities in Eastern Europe. This often starts with securing organisational and financial conditions on site, by enabling residents to organise their community of owners and make decisions, to gain an understanding and a well-founded assessment of the work and quality of service of housing managers, and much more.
We make feasibility clear and tangible, thus removing obstacles and reservations by means of practical implementation and motivating people to take concrete and personal action.
What we achieve
Also allowing for our strategic efforts in knowledge transfer and networking, we have been developing and realising very different implementation activities since the foundation of IWO. These activities often have a pilot character - and in most cases can be multiplied and applied to other countries and regions.
Our projects include
- Education projects and training activities
- Consulting projects, including strategic and suitable implementation options e.g. for redevelopment projects and funding instruments
- Preparation and partial support of structural construction and refurbishment measures
Where possible, we also use project results and findings to point out to political and institutional decision-makers the need for legal and strategic decisions and to make any proposals for change.