SMARTER Finance for Families: enhancing the well being of Europe's citizens by providing opportunities for the finance and construction industry to create Green Homes.

Green Finance is an important and developing trend that is increasing investments into environmentally and socially responsible projects while reducing financial risk to those lending for those projects. This concept creates a tremendous opportunity to positively transform the health and environmental performance, quality, comfort and financial viability of Europe's new and existing housing stock.

SMARTER Finance for Families is a Horizon 2020 project to implement ambitious yet practical Green Homes & Green Mortgage programs in 12 European countries that includes the collaboration and participation of 17 expert green building, green energy, research and other organizations. 

The project uses comprehensive Green Homes certifications to assess and recognize top performing residential projects incorporating sustainable construction principles.  Evidence from financial and technical modeling have proven that investing in energy efficiency and other green building attributes for homes

  • Improves housing quality
  • Reduces the total monthly cost of ownership for the homeowner
  • Increases sales prices for the project developer/investor and substantially 
  • Reduces substantial financial risk for the bank offering the mortgage on the home 

The existing program includes over 25 projects representing 6.000 housing units certified or in process.

"Through the SMARTER Finance For Families project we bring an innovative and systemic solution to a systemic problem. We are creating significant opportunities for the finance and building industry to deliver the green performance we need for Europe’s citizens and their home"
- Steven Borncamp, Project Director of the initiative

RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS  In addition to improving citizens’ lives, the program addresses the needs of residential project developers, financial institutions offering residential mortgages, institutional investors and companies offering services, products, materials, technologies, and other solutions that contribute to the construction and operation of the greenest, most energy-efficient residential properties.

Representatives of national and local government and associations promoting the environment, energy efficiency, and/or better housing are invited to learn more about how this programme facilitates improved building standards. This is relevant both for those in the participating countries or anyone interested in learning about bringing this initiative to their home market.

LEARN MORE Program updates are posted here in the Knowledge Management System and a public information event can be joined via webcast on 20 May 2019 at 4:15pm CET or in person at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. To register, send an email to indicating your name, organization, and if you are joining online or in Brussels.

Presentation Topics:

  • Welcome
  • The status of Green Finance for residential buildings
  • The Green Homes & Green Mortgage concept and need for Citizen-led demand
  • The SMARTER Finance for Families project – approach and objectives
  • How can the business community and other stakeholders get involved and benefit?

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Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

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