• 26 Mar 2019

    Covenant of Mayors Webinar: Urban Densification Solutions for achieving Near Zero Energy Buildings

    Organiser: Covenant of Mayors office

    When: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 11:00 – 12:30

    Urban densification is a key solution to tackling housing shortages and to reduce urban sprawl in European cities. How can cities increase comfortable and affordable housing while preserving soil? How can they accelerate the renovation of existing homes towards Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs)?

    Increasing urban density by adding habitable space to existing buildings represents a great option to deal with these challenges. This extra surface, thanks to the income it generates, can help finance the renovation of the entire building. It can also help reshape the urban landscape by transforming former non-residential buildings into housing units.

    In this webinar, organised by the Covenant of Mayors Office in cooperation with the ABRACADABRA H2020 project,
    practitioners and municipal staff from several EU countries will share their experiences with urban densification policies. A particular focus will be given to implementing deep renovation of already existing buildings by adding extensions to housing façades or rooftops. The webinar will also present planning experiences discussing the need of cities to expand while limiting soil consumption through sustainable and effective urban densification policies.

    Join us to find out:

    • The perspectives of planners and property owners

    • Lessons learnt for research and practice

    • Impacts on cities’ local mitigation work

    • What are the technical, regulatory and financial tools to assess the feasibility of these approaches





    All our webinars are recorded. The video is made available in our online library within a few days after the webinar.