Summer time

It is almost summer time for the most of us. But before summer time really arrives, we want to inform you about a couple of EFL events.

Firstly, from the 21st until the 25th of August the Summer School for Young Professionals takes place in Bochum, Germany. Already 21 persons have signed up and it is still possible to join this interesting event. Be quick though! Secondly, on the 31st of August and the 1st of September the EFL Topic Group Accessible and Intergenerational Living will be held in Helsinki, Finland. And thirdly, on the 14th and 15th of September we'll visiting the capital of Austria for a workshop and study visit.

Enjoy your summer!
We'll be back with the EFL Newsflash in August,
Joost Nieuwenhuijzen (managing director)

Already 21 persons from The Netherlands, Germany, England, Sweden, Finland and Spain have signed up for the Summer School for Young Professionals in Bochum, Germany. Have a look at the interesting program, speakers and benefits of the Summer School. You can still register until the 11th of August. 
The Summer School is offered to you by EBZ (European Education Centre for the Housing and Real Estate Sector) in cooperation with EFL (European Federation for Living) and Housing Europe (the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing).

In his article How European finance can meet urban housing needs - published in the UK magazine Inside Housing - EFL Expertise Director Ad Hereijgers describes the increased possibilities for financing the housing challenges in the European capitals. The role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Junkers program EFSI is set against a background of a wider supply of funding and finance opportunities. Nevertheless the author concludes that a stronger alignment of public and private funding resources with the cities needs of affordable housing is a necessary condition to be successful in tackling Europe’s most urgent issues as adressed in EU’s Urban Agenda.
EFL member Setlementtiasunnot from Helsinki, Finland hosts the Topic Group Accessible and Intergenerational Living on the 31st of August and 1st of September.

At the end of the first day, there will be an excursion to the newest block of Setlementtiasunnot - called the Generations Block - in the city of Helsinki.

The Finnish social housing association Setlmenttiasunnot has developed a concept of multigenerational housing, unique in Finland. The concept is called the Generations Block and unites people of all ages in a multigenerational block. Besides a wide range of companies, it also involves the Aalto University, The Housing Finance & Development Centre of Finland, the Ministry of Environment and the City of Helsinki.
Let's visit Vienna!

On the 14th and 15th of September EFL member Tafkaoo Architects organises - in cooperation with EFL - a workshop and study visit in the capital of Austria. The participation fee is only € 150. Register yourself!
Here you'll find more information about the workshop and study visit !
Solar Powers India’s Clean Energy Revolution

With 1.3 billion people, India is the world’s third largest consumer of electricity. Over 450 million ceiling fans are in use and 40 million sold each year, but 240 million people still have no legal electricity connection. Demand for electricity is growing at the same rate as in France or Germany as millions of people in rural or impoverished areas seek access to power in their homes and workplaces. Read the whole article

Tidal flows provide a consistent source of kinetic energy as a result of the interaction between the gravitational forces of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. Tidal energy technologies have the advantage of being highly predictable and dependable power output to the electricity grid. Delft University of Technology conducts research to develop innovative solutions for Tidal Energy.
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