Sustainable Housing Supporting Health and Well-being Workshop

The building stock in Europe today is still not fit to support a shift from institutional care to the home-based independent living model for the ageing population. There is a recognised need to facilitate the development of community-based services and to stimulate the emergence of age-friendly home conversions. These homes should enable independent living and remote health monitoring to the growing ageing population. In addition to physical / spatial alterations, making homes age-friendly should include upgrading existing ICT infrastructure to support digital services for independent living and connected and integrated care including telehealth and telecare, as well as solutions supporting health status and healthy lifestyle, while enhancing energy efficiency and eco-sustainability..

This workshop will bring together a selection of EU-supported initiatives which are developing innovation solutions for supporting the development of investment in sustainable housing which supports health and well-being of its occupants. Projects will present their research, as well as discuss and benchmark potential challenges that they face together.

Despite its proven potential for systemic change, large-scale investment (both public and private) in sustainable homes still faces barriers, often caused by insecurity about personal, societal and financial returns on investment and a lack of clarity about concrete elements of sustainable age-friendly living environments and the choice of building, retrofitting and adaptation measures to be implemented. The projects contributing to this workshop are developing solutions to tackle these barriers.

Participating projects : Homes4Life (H2020), TeNDER (H2020), SHAFE (Thematic Network), Hands-on-SHAFE (Erasmus+), NET4AGE-FRIENDLY (COST Action), AGE’IN (Interreg 2 seas)

Participating European Commission representative: Irina Kalderon Libal, Policy Officer Health Innovation and Ageing, European Commission ​
Chair of the workshop : Silvia Urra Uriarte, TECNALIA
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