WhiteBook is the unique knowledge portal about Sustainability in Social Housing developed by a Europe-wide expert group.
It is an ambitious project developed in the frame of Eurhonet Sustainable Construction topic group. The idea was born while looking for a best way to help the knowledge sharing among topic group partners and to keep track of all the workshops, discussions, presentations and researches done.
The WhiteBook includes several “puzzle pieces” that are single topics that have been discussed and examined during one or more meetings. Thanks to the WhiteBook ideas and solutions can flow easily from one partner to the other and the overall knowledge results improved.
Eurhonet activities are organized into five topic groups. One of those was about Energy Saving and started its activities in 2008 with the scope to help housing companies to dramatically reduce the housing stock energy consumption.
The group acted thanks to different workshops and seminars but it has always had a specific aptitude to turn theory into reality. For this reason, several pilot sites have been developed during the years. Some of them were new buildings and where part of the BuildTog project, other were renovations and part of the Retrofitting Together project.
In 2016 it was decided to take the activities to the next level. Energy Saving it’s a key topic, but to reduce the global environmental impact of the construction sector a more holistic approach is required. The group decided to change its name and its focus, and now it’s called Sustainable Construction topic group.
The new group identity was reflected in the Sustainable Construction topic group work plan, developed by the consulting company GREENLAB.
The topic group is now leaded by Johann Christian Plagemann (GEWOBA) and Gordon Watts (SYHA). The technical support and coordination are provided by GREENLAB.
The workplan starting point were some clear requests from the topic group members:
The result is a workplan based onto three main pillars:
Eurhonet is a network of public and private social housing companies from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria and UK.
WhiteBook is a Eurhonet Sustainable Construction topic group project. It’s the unique knowledge portal about Sustainability in Social Housing developed by an Europe-wide expert group.
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