In the context of progressing climate change, the question of balanced construction methods becomes increasingly important. Changes in behaviors and customs of tenants and house owners will reduce natural resources consumption and will help with better environmental protections. That includes the energy usage, water resources, fossil fuels, as well as generating waste and CO2 emissions. According to the statistics from the European Commission, European buildings are responsible for 40% of energy use, 30% of water usage, 50% of natural resources consumption, 33% of generated waste, and 36% of the emitted CO2. Housing sector constitutes 68% of the building space in Poland and that is why taking action to increase their energy efficiency and overall quality could significantly help in meeting goals we agreed to as part of the Paris Agreement, which is expecting our economy to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
In collaboration with local governments, home associations and NGOs we will organize a series of meetings around Poland. It will help expand the knowledge of the house and apartment owners related to efficient use of the resources, changing their behaviors, and preserving resources, as well as the knowledge of the available modernizations for buildings that will help the environment.
We will organize a series of open webinars dedicated to the issues related to balanced development and housing. Based on our meetings and experiences we will design a toolkit, or a model rulebook, for an eco-house. We will also create a set of traditional and online tools that will contain comprehensive information on the project. We will also run a nationwide social campaign “ECO-house Week” that will be composed of a series of activating initiatives, encouraging others to change their attitudes and showing results of those changes.