International Social Housing Festival


The 2022 edition of International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) explores housing as the foundation of good life. The festival highlights the role of social, public and co-operative housing in achieving socially and ecologically sustainable living in our cities now and in the future.

Where can you find #Housing2030?

Workshop: Climate-neutral housing – Decarbonizing the housing stock in an inclusive and affordable way

15th June 2022

Location: Kino Regina, Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Finland

12:30–16:00 (Finnish time)

Registration required: Please register at the following link

More information on the event is at the following link

Festival theme(s): People first: quality of housing as quality of living, Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing

Short description

Buildings have the largest potential for improving energy efficiency and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonizing the housing stock is very costly and creates a financial burden on inhabitants, often causing “energy poverty” among lower-income population. In the UNECE region, which includes most of the “rich” countries in the world, almost 42 million face arrears on their utility bills and more than 52 million people cannot keep their homes adequately warm. There is a need for implementing large-scale housing renovation programmes that are affordable for all. Such programmes are essential to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and related SDGs.  

This workshop is a side event to the International Social Housing Festival. It aims to present the UNECE-Housing Europe-UN-Habitat study “#Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region” containing a toolkit on affordable climate-neutral housing to demonstrate its use in mitigating potential negative social impacts of decarbonization strategies on vulnerable sections of society, particularly young people.  

It will also support the regional exchange of experiences and good practices in countries of the UNECE region on promoting access to decent, adequate, affordable and healthy housing as part of the countries’ responses to, and recovery plans for the COVID-19 pandemic (this will include the topics of “greening” cities and housing, using architectural and urban planning solutions and innovations to promote a better quality of life, etc).

The #Housing2030 study and an online platform at were launched on 6 October 2021 at the UNECE Housing Ministerial Meeting. The side event will also inform about the “Place and Life in the ECE – A Regional Action Plan 2030: Tackling challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, climate and housing emergencies in region, city, neighbourhood and homes” which builds on conclusions of the #Housing2030 study, as well as other relevant tools and practices, including the UNECE High-Performance Buildings Initiative.


United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Housing Europe.  

For more information on this side event, please contact: Gulnara Roll, Regional Adviser, Forest, Land and Housing at UNECE with cc to Juan Valle Robles at

Tools to Tame Financialization

15th June 2022

12:30-14:30 (Finnish time)

Location: Event square, Lobby of Helsinki City Hall

Festival theme(s): Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing, The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it

Organizers: Housing Europe, RMIT University & University College Dublin

Tune in for the new season of #Housing2030 podcasts to get a taste of what will be discussed.

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