We are officially a RegioStars Awards Finalist for 2015 and we've got the certificate to prove it! The EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Ms Corina Cretu herself congratulated the MILD HOME project manager Ms Flavia Di Noto for the project's achievements in sustainable growth.
Our MILD HOME project was recognised as an inspiring example of Sustainable Growth in Europe.
In 2015 the RegioStars Awards received applications in 4 categories:
1. Smart Growth: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy;
2. Sustainable Growth: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society;
3. Inclusive Growth: Integrating into society those at risk of social exclusion;
4. CITYSTARS: Transforming cities for future challenges;
Eligible applicants represented EU projects supported either through national and regional operational programmes 2007-2013 or European Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013.
The South East Europe programme nominated the MILD HOME project for the second competition category based on the project's achievements in promoting investments in energy efficient housing. Participation in RegioStars Awards 2015 is also our way of celebrating the past 7 years of transnational cooperation in the programme area.
Having been selected as finalist means that MILD HOME received a "RegioStars finalist" certificate from the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Ms. Corina Cretu at a special ceremony in Brussels on the 13th October 2015.
So why MILD HOME? Because...
In just 27 months the consortium developed their joint "mild home" concept, i.e. a near-zero energy modular, residential building, with do-it-yourself option, that is affordable to acquire as well as to maintain even by low income people.
By the end of the project in winter 2014, partner regions had initiated policies and/or investment processes to develop 5 eco-green villages embodying the "mild home" concept in Castelnuovo Rangone (IT), Mramor/Sofia (BG), Strem (AT), Savski Venac (RS) and Feltre (IT).