Social housing: a VERT.SOCIAL management contract
The priority goal of the new management contract signed between the Brussels Region and the Brussels-Capital Region Housing Company (SLRB) is to increase the number of social dwellings and reduce the number of unoccupied dwellings. This priority is also an opportunity to make Brussels a more sustainable region.
The residential sector is the biggest carbon emitter: 70% of carbon emissions come from buildings. Given that social housing currently accounts for 8.3% of housing in Brussels, it is clear that the sector represents a genuine lever for environmental action.
Reducing tenants’ energy consumption is a concrete undertaking written into the management contract, with a series of measures such as:
- passive standards for new-build dwellings and low-energy energy standards for major renovations,
- the wider use of cogeneration systems for electricity and heat in large housing projects,
- developing the use and self-generation of renewable energy in social housing.
This is both a green and socially positive management contract, since reducing energy consumption in social housing is both good for the environment and reduces tenants’ bills!