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Corona Pandemic: Events & Travels postponed

 

Precautions


Against the background of European and international efforts to slow down the spread of the corona virus, our events and business trips scheduled for March and April have been postponed until further notice. New dates will be communicated in due time on our website. For the time being, face-to-face meetings will take place by prior individual consideration only.

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Publication


Recommendations published for Ukrainian owner-occupiers

 

Guidance on energy-efficient refurbishment


In Ukraine, owner-occupiers in apartment buildings play a key role for refurbishment, as they own almost the entire housing stock in the country. However, many owners do not feel responsible for the maintenance of the common property (basement, entrance, roof, facade). Furthermore, there is a lack of strategic management and financial capacity to implement complex energy efficiency measures.

The "Recommendations for homeowners on how to carry out energy efficiency retrofitting" have been developed to help homeowners understand their role and options in modernising a residential building and to guide them through all the important steps: from the initiative to the completion of the construction works. Not only for owners, but also for housing managers, the publication proves useful because both sides will initiate, organise and take responsibility for modernisation processes. The recommendations were published in Russian and produced as part of the project "German-Ukrainian Efficient Houses", which is being carried out by the German Energy Agency (dena) in cooperation with IWO and the Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V. with support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The project provides comprehensive support to homeowners and decision-makers in the Ukraine in the field of housing and residential building refurbishment, including recommendations for energy-efficient refurbishment, visualisations of building conditions before and after refurbishment, targeted surveys and awareness-raising measures as well as specialist seminars for project participants and other target groups.

For further information please contact Tanja Hartenstein | hartenstein@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Project kick-off


New project launched: PROMHOUSE

 

Conference in Almaty (Kazakhstan) - date to follow


The PROMHOUSE project was launched at the beginning of 2020, following on from the work and results of the Pro House project: Like its successful predecessor, which was completed at the end of 2019, PROMHOUSE is concerned with the professionalisation of housing management in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with the aim of rolling out possible approaches and solutions in other Central Asian countries. The activities focus on the development of an education and training offer for "Housing Managers" and corresponding curricula as well as their later introduction in selected educational institutions in both project countries. Economic implications and potentials that lie in the definition and development of the profession "Housing Manager" are also to be investigated for both countries and market actors in this field are to be strengthened. The kick-off conference will take place in Almaty, the date will be published here in due time.

PROMHOUSE is funded by the European Union (Central Asia Invest V). In addition to project manager IWO, the European Training Centre for the Housing and Real-Estate Industry (EBZ) is a German project partner. Partner in Uzbekistan is the Association of organizations of professional housing management and services funds (Tashkent), Kazakhstan is represented in the partnership by the SHANYRAK Association of management entities, services and energy services in the housing sector (Nur-Sultan).

For further information please contact Larissa Schreckenbach | schreckenbach@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Project completion & results brochure


Successful completion: "Further training of managers for urban redevelopment in Lithuania".

 

End of February 2020


At the end of the EUKI-funded project "Further training of managers for urban redevelopment in Lithuania" the results were published in the form of a brochure. The brochure contains the neighbourhood concepts drafted by the participating municipalities. These were developed as part of the project and further training. The brochure also includes  questions, answers and overviews of integrated neighbourhood and urban development.

IWO and the State Agency for Housing and Energy Efficiency BETA implemented the project funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) in Lithuania between October 2017 and February 2020.

For further information please contact Inga Rovbutas | rovbutas@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Retrospective


VITAL Final Conference in Lviv

 

25 February 2020 in Lviv (Ukraine)


To conclude the VITAL project, which was dedicated to the topic of professional housing management in the Lviv region of Ukraine, the project team organised a final conference in Lviv on 25 February. It was attended by representatives from the field of housing management as well as by political decision-makers and experts from Germany and Ukraine, who were presented a comprehensive conference programme on professional housing management, discussions on the conditions and contents for the professional qualification of housing managers, and legal aspects. IWO was represented by its member, lawyer Thomas Ruhland, who actively contributed to the programme.

VITAL provided young people and internally displaced persons from Ukraine with specialist knowledge of building management and a career perspective. Together with the NGO "Research Centre for Local Self-Government" in Lviv, in cooperation with the European Training Centre for the Housing and Real-Estate Industry (EBZ) and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, IWO implemented the project between June 2019 and February 2020. The activities also strengthened links between German and Ukrainian NGOs in the field. Besides a study tour to Germany, measures included the development of a basic curriculum (72 hours) for residential building managers and four seminars in Ukraine.

For further information please contact Larissa Schreckenbach | schreckenbach@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Retrospective


Study Tour in the VITAL Project

 

27 - 31 January 2020 in Bochum


As part of the VITAL project, which is dedicated to the topic of professional housing management in the Lviv region of Ukraine, a study tour to the European Training Centre for the Housing and Real-Estate Industry (EBZ) in Bochum took place at the end of January. The ten participants from Lviv are the best of the previous further training to become a "housing manager", which has been held in the Ukraine with the involvement of German experts since June 2019.

VITAL provided young people and internally displaced persons from Ukraine with specialist knowledge of building management and a career perspective. Together with the NGO "Research Centre for Local Self-Government" in Lviv, in cooperation with the EBZ and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, IWO implemented the project until the end of February 2020. The activities also strengthened networking between German and Ukrainian NGOs. In addition to the study tour, measures included the development of a basic curriculum (72 hours) for residential building managers and four seminars in Ukraine.

For further information please contact Larissa Schreckenbach | schreckenbach@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 
 
 
 

Retrospective


Conference "Integrated urban and neighbourhood redevelopment

 

23 January 2020 in Vilnius (Lithuania)


The one-day Lithuanian-German conference under the patronage of the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment marked the conclusion of the project "Training of managers for urban redevelopmentl, in Lithuania" and was . IWO and the State Agency for Housing and Energy Efficiency BETA have been implementing the project, which is funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), in Lithuania since 2017. In addition to high-ranking representatives from Lithuania and Germany, trained local authority representatives and experts from both countries also had their say. Part of the programme was also the ceremonial awarding of the certificate and the presentation of the project brochure.

For further information please contact Inga Rovbutas | rovbutas@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Project completion & publications


Successful completion of the COMMA project

 

End of December 2019


At the end of the EU-funded project "Com Managing Municipality (COMMA) - Communication and Management for Civic Participation in Local Government in Belarus", key recommendations of the project were published in the form of a brochure: the "Guidelines for Stakeholder Involvement" summarise the EU and Belarusian experience in stakeholder involvement in a handy and comprehensive form for practitioners and the public in Belarus. Because experience in Belarus has been limited so far, almost all the content on the Belarusian situation (stakeholder analysis, SWOT, recommendations for improving national legislation, recommendations for monitoring and evaluating participatory processes, practical examples and others) is new and was developed specifically by the project experts. The guidelines were published together with all relevant project events and results on the project platform "Common City". An expert database is also available there.

The central goal of the German-Belarusian-Latvian project, which started in May 2015 and was completed at the end of October 2019, was the development of municipal administration systems in the housing and municipal sectors, which also include participation and civic involvement.

For further information please contact Tanja Hartenstein | hartenstein@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Initiative


One more tree in Vilnius

 

13 November 2019 in Vilnius (Lithuania)


Already in mid-November, IWO organised the planting of a tree in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Here it is already quite green, and the city wants to become even greener in the future. The young tree was planted next to the Lithuanian Ministry of the Environment and is a gift from IWO to the city to compensate for the carbon emissions generated during the project "Further training of managers for urban redevelopment in Lithuania". The project itself was successfully concluded with the conference "Integrated Urban and Neighbourhood Redevelopment" on 23 January 2020 in Vilnius.

IWO colleague Inga Rovbutas actively accompanied the tree planting and is available for further information on the project: rovbutas@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802

 

Retrospective


Caretaker training in Georgia: Training & Workshop

15-19 December 2019 in Kutaisi (Georgia)


As part of the project "Master of My House - Build up for the Future" funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and carried out in the city of Kutaisi jointly with the Georgian partners EDEC & CHCA, two events were held in December. The aim of the project is to establish the profession of caretaker in Georgia. In a stakeholder workshop on 19 December, Georgian and German representatives from administration, vocational schools, housing industry and civil society discussed the future introduction of a caretaker training and the potential of the profession for Georgia. Previously, in a three-day "Training for Trainers", Georgian vocational school teachers had been trained in three modules by EBZ and IWO for the caretaker training, including on the topics of communication, safety obligations, maintenance issues and building defects.

For further information please contact Johann Strese | strese@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802.

 

Retrospective


Pro House final conference with international participation

3 December 2019 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)


On 3 December 2019, the final international conference on the project Pro House - Professional Housing Management in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan took place. Eduards Stiprais, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan, opened the conference. The project was launched in December 2016 and was funded by the EU.

For further information please contact Larissa Schreckenbach | schreckenbach@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802.

 

Retrospective


International IVIM Annual Conference & COMMA Project Closing Conference

1-3 October 2019 in Minsk (Belarus)


This year, the international annual conference of the International Association for Real-Estate Management IVIM took place in conjunction with the final conference of the COMMA project. Numerous participants from Belarus, the Baltic States and Germany attended both events, among them representatives of various city administrations, NGOs, educational institutions as well as urban planning institutions. COMMA is funded by the EU since May 2015 and until the end of October 2019.

For further information please contact Tanja Hartenstein | hartenstein@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802.

 

Publication


Solar energy use in Lithuanian apartment buildings

Potential analysis of the SOL project


The well-researched results are promising and serve Lithuanian decision-makers as a basis for discussion and future strategies for the integration of renewable energies in refurbishment projects and programmes in the residential building sector.

For further information please contact Inga Rovbutas | rovbutas@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802.

 

Retrospective


EFL Study Tour 2019 to Riga

Summary of the EFL Study Tour to Riga


On June 12 and 13, IWO organized the annual EFL Study Tour on behalf of the European Federation for Living (EFL), which this year for the first time took place in an Eastern European city: the Latvian capital Riga. As part of the programme, participants were given a detailed overview of the housing market, the housing system and the challenges for the future housing stock in Latvia and exemplary also in other countries of the post-Soviet area.

The organisation of such study tours has been part of IWO's service offers to interested parties and members for many years.

If you are interested and for further information on the Study Tour please contact Knut Höller | hoeller@iwoev.org | +49 30 2067 9802.