1. Sorcha Edwards (Secretary General)

Sorcha joined Housing Europe team in 2003. She is the Secretary General leading the Brussels team of the organisation. Sorcha coordinated the POWER HOUSE EUROPE Project, an initiative aimed at creating National and European Platforms of key stakeholders in order to promote energy efficiency and sustainable energy in housing. After her Communication & Language degree during which she studied a year in Germany, she completed a Master in European Policies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

The obligation to reduce household carbon footprint as part of climate change mitigation must be viewed as an opportunity to improve quality of life by ensuring long-term affordability and comfort, generate employment and foster innovation. Our goal is to ensure that our collaboration with project partners & people living in the buildings selected as pilots in Reggio Emilia, Italy & Lyon, France will bring short-term benefits to those residents but also serve to bring the social housing sector another step in the right direction.

2. Michalis Goudis (Communications Director)

was born in Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. Following his Journalism and Mass Communication studies at the Aristotle University, he has been working as a journalist for magazines, online media and radio in Greece. As a freelancer, he has worked with numerous European Media, including among others DIE ZEIT, ZDF, Songlines and the Nieuwsuur. Now based in Brussels, he has worked for the Press Unit of the European Parliament before taking over as the Communications Director of the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, Housing Europe. Inspired by the dynamic interlink of affordable housing with the urban environment, Michalis has started following lately a Masters’ Programme on Human Geography and Spatial Planning.

The integrated approach that the HEART project suggests concerning energy efficient refurbishment may indeed be a true driver for a fair energy transition in public, cooperative and social housing across Europe. Looking forward to support the consortium’s work.

3. Sebastien Garnier (Innovation Manager)

as of 15th December 2017, Sébastien Garnier has been working for almost ten years in the social and affordable housing sector. First as advisor in the Financial and Public Affairs departments and later managing European affairs for the Dutch social housing federation and its 300 members. He worked on the introduction of special rent policies to remove the split incentives between social landlords investing in energy measures and their tenants. During three years he was chair of the Social Affairs working committee of Housing Europe. He is now working as Innovation and Project Manager at Housing Europe. Sébastien is also member of the founding partners of the International Social Housing Festival and is actively involved in the Housing Partnership of the EU Urban Agenda.

It is incredibly interesting to work with housing providers and other Heart partners to discover more about the user’s acceptance and satisfaction and increase these crucial factors. This will contribute to a successful roll-out of innovative technologies and improve the overall quality, performance and cost-effectiveness in renovation projects of residential buildings.

4. Julien Dijol (Policy Coordinator)

is Deputy Secretary-General and Policy Coordinator at HOUSING EUROPE. He has been mostly working on the relationships between EU policies in the field of territorial cohesion and social inclusion and national housing policies. He has been involved in various EU projects, in particular in the field of urban development, energy, ageing and social inclusion. He has also offered his expertise in housing policies to the EU institutions within the framework of various studies and reports. Julien was also member of the Board of the Social Platform, the European network of social NGOs (2011-2013) Julien holds a Master’s degree in social sciences (sociology, political sciences, economics) jointly delivered by the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and the Institute of political studies (IEP) in Bordeaux (France) as well as a Master’s degree in European studies from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

HEART will be about looking for the right balance between technologies, finance and social acceptance to create a packaged solution for nearly zero energy renovation of social housing.