Brussels housing crisis: soon modular houses will speed up social housing renovation
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    Brussels housing crisis: soon modular houses will speed up social housing renovation

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    Céline Fremault says, “Already common amongst our European neighbours, this innovative project involving modular wooden housing willl enable us to speed up social housing renovation even more.”
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    The Brussels government approved yesterday (Thursday) the launch by the Brussels Region Housing Association of a lead market relative to the study, supply and installation of sustainable equipped modular housing. This will allow for the acceleration of the renovation of housing stock. It favours the retention of tenants in their given district, during the period when their property is being renovated.

    The Brussels Minister for Housing, Céline Fremault (cdH), says that the idea of studying the potential for using modular housing will enable relocation operations on vital sites. Examples already include the Cité Modèle de Laeken (“the Laeken Model City”), and Peterbos in Anderlecht. The idea was suggested to the Vervoort government as an innovative solution, when faced with the difficulties of rehousing tenants as part of major renovation operations.

    Ms Fremault says that as a given site requires very little installation, this type of prefabricated and sustainable housing is a real opportunity as regards manufacturing and installation delays in situ. The object of this lead market is to study the various possibilities for temporary relocation in prefabricated wood modular solutions. The units’ ability to be moved also responds to sustainable construction and circular economy issues.

    Following the meeting the minister said, “Already common amongst our European neighbours, this innovative project involving modular wooden housing willl enable us to speed up social housing renovation even more. At the same time, it will enable tenants to stay in their particular district whilst their house is being renovated.”

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times