The city is launching three new projects within the Re-thinking Urban Housing programme which seeks to improve the quality and appeal of flats as housing through customised solutions.
Helsinki is launching three new projects as part of its Re-thinking Urban Housing programme, which will result in 274 housing units.
The programme aims to improve the quality and appeal of flats as housing through customised solutions and collaboration. The construction of the rapidly growing city rests on an increasingly dense urban structure and 86 per cent of housing units in Helsinki are located in blocks of flats.
For developers, the Rethinking programme aims to provide an opportunity to try new things and receive valuable guidance from municipal experts. For residents, the programme creates new housing alternatives and examples of how to improve the quality of flat housing.
The Excess Plus-Energy House project in the Kalasatama neighbourhood’s Työpajanpiha is set to be realised through the Hitas system for owner-occupied flats. The four-year project involves 21 parties from eight countries and is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.
It aims to prove the feasibility of transitioning from low-energy houses to Plus-Energy Houses, a building that on an annual basis generates more energy than it uses.
The other two Re-thinking Urban Housing projects make use of a loan with a 20-year guarantee provided by the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA).
The construction of the rapidly growing city rests on an increasingly dense urban structure.
The Village Co-Living + LiM (Living in Metropolises) project in the northern part of Verkkosaari in the Kalasatama neighbourhood aims to produce “reasonably priced” community living. Village Co-Living is a Helsinkian community with expertise in community living, and LiM, is a Europe-wide specialist in affordable and sustainable housing. The two have forged a partnership to solve the challenge of both the high cost of homes and loneliness.
The project’s target group appreciates affordable rents, the support of the community in day-to-day affairs, high-quality premises tailor-made for the community and the opportunity to influence the community’s decision-making.
The Circular City Village in Jätkäsaari involves a project that will promote the construction of ecological and community living. City Village CO-10 is a sustainable development start-up company that develops solutions for the construction of ecological and community living.
The Circular City Village is based on the concept of urban community living developed by a British eco-property developer and a Finnish developer and producer of community living. A community block of flats will be planned, constructed and inhabited in accordance with 10 principles of sustainable urban housing (CO-10).
The circular economy runs through the project from start to finish and continues as a lifecycle maintenance model.
The Re-thinking Urban Housing programme was established in 2009 and has so far encompassed some 30 projects, covering all forms of occupancy. The projects have mainly been carried out on city-owned land, but some have also utilised private plots and existing property.
The programme is coordinated by a city working group consisting of members of the City Executive Office and the Urban Environment Division.
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