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At the Habitat III Conference in October 2016 the "New Urban Agenda" was approved. It intends to be a main document for the future development of cities and housing. The paper reviews the Agenda and highlights missing issues.

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In a bi-decennial cycle, the UN organizes global conference on housing and sustainable urban development: Vancouver 1976, Istanbul 1996, Quito/Ecuador 2016. IIBW has been assigned to provide the Country Report Austria. This also contains a Case Study on the Austrian System of Social Housing.

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Feasible business models to locally utilize locally generated renewable energy are expected to induce a tipping point for the Energy Turnaround in Austria. If it is possible to develop models to sell on-site generated electricity directly to tenants, lessees and shared owners, such models would be a viable business not dependant on subsidized feed-in tariffs. Former projects (such as Reininghausgründe, Aspern, Kapfenberg) were not yet able to achieve this. Within the project a number of demonstration PV plants on residential and non-residential buildings will be realized. On this basis new approaches of business cases are developed, implemented, tested and finally disseminated.

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The article, published in "Housing Finance International", analyses mass housing privatization in Western Europe and Eastern European transition countries since the 1990s. Based on comprehensive new data both positive and negative consequences on today's housing policy is discussed.

Amann, W., Bezgachina, K. (2013) Implications of housing privatization for Europe. In: The Housing Finance International Journal, Winter 2013.

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