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The Collective Self-Organised Housing Approach: Improving the quality of life towards nearly zero energy strategies

The paper illustrates the potentialities of the collecting self-organized (CSO) housing model as a growing strategy that can fulfill the goal of the 20-20-20 EU energy policies. Self-organized housing process - through which a group of homeowners carries out new construction and retrofitting projects on a district scale - reflects a raising awareness towards sustainability and the increasing self-managing capability of European society. This can lead to communities with a shared ideology and a strong communal life, such as in cohousing, where people choose to live in a residential community in shared services, green spaces, collective areas and low energy buildings. The reasons that lead to the co-residency is the necessity to find lost dimensions of social interaction, mutual support and good neighborly relations and at the same time a desire to reduce the complexity of life, stress and cost of managing daily activities. The sharing of goods and services can reduce living’s cost as it reduces waste and optimizes external services (e.g. car-sharing, collective management).The main characteristics of a CSO approach are here examined, mainly considering participating design, local management, energy saving technologies, optimized energy sources at district level, moreover some realized case studies in Italy are analyzed.


The paper is based on the first results of the research “Proficient - SME network business model for collective self-organized processes in the construction and retrofit of energy-efficient residential districts” (EU 7th Framework program 2012-2016).


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