Report on the age-friendly housing situation in Europe
While the vast majority of Europeans want to age at home, the share of the housing stock adapted to an ageing population is very limited. AGE has been leading a ‘desktop’ (online document) research on the trends shaping the development of age-friendly housing in Europe based on the analysis of the situation in 10 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. Read the report
A toolbox with guidance, technical specifications, and assessment
The need for environments inclusive of a diversity of age and abilities is a regular claim of AGE. Yet, civil society, policy-makers, technologists, and the construction sector sometimes struggle to talk the same language. The multidisciplinary consortium of the Homes4Life project thus worked for the development of a common vision, and a set of concrete tools to implement it. Read Homes4Life’s vision for 2040
The Homes4Life toolbox comprises:
- An analysis of the promising initiatives of age-friendly housing that already exist
- A mapping of certifications and guidelines for age-friendly housing and a gap analysis showing where the Homes4Life certification could complement those existing tools
- A framework of key indicators that break down the concept of age-friendly housing into tangible components of the house and allow the assessment of their age-friendliness.
Funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission, Homes4Life has developed a first version of a new European certification scheme for age-friendly housing. The coming year will be dedicated to the refinement of this first version, its testing with pilot sites, and its promotion.
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