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About NBO

Housing Nordic (NBO) is a non-profit association that was established in 1950. The purpose of the association is to promote contacts between affiliated organisations in order to exchange experiences and coordinate common interests. Together NBO’s members represent more than
2 470 000 dwellings. NBO has a vision (see below) of financially, ecologically and socially sustainable housing for everyone in the Nordic countries. It envisages the creation of opportunities for the improved growth of municipalities and regions, lively and safe residential areas and freedom of choice for residents who will also be able to influence and improve their living conditions.

Today, there are one or more member organisations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. More information on member organisations can be found under Members. The members are represented by one or two persons on the board. The board is elected at NBO’s annual conference and normally meets three times per year. The respective country produces a report for each board meeting describing current events and developments in the housing market. These reports are published on NBO’s website.

Every other year NBO organises an annual conference, which is open to member organisations and their members. The board and chair of NBO is elected at the annual conference. The annual conference also includes lectures and study visits on the chosen theme. It is also a tradition for NBO to award a prize in conjunction with the annual conference. Búseti organised the last NBO conference in Reykjavik in September 2014. The next annual conference will take place in 2016 and will take place in Finland.

NBO also organises other seminars in addition to the regular meetings of the board and annual conferences. One of the members of NBO normally acts as the main host for these seminars. In 2010, for instance, Swedish SABO organised a two-day conference on urban development and NBBL organised a seminar on building costs. Besides the regular country reports for board meetings, NBO also produces other reports and documents. This is often done in conjunction with the annual conferences. More information about NBO’s conferences and publications are available here.

NBO does not have its own separate secretariat, but this function is managed by one of the member organisations of NBO. Kurt Eliasson, CEO of SABO (Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies), has been the chair of NBO’s board since 1 October 2010 and SABO is responsible for NBO’s secretariat and financial reporting. Johanna Ode from SABO is an NBO consultant and is responsible for NBO’s development work, including the website. Contact details are available here.

Vision for Housing Nordic (NBO)

Housing Nordic (NBO) has a vision of financially, ecologically and socially sustainable housing for everyone in the Nordic countries. It envisages the creation of opportunities for the improved growth of municipalities and regions, lively and safe residential areas and freedom of choice for residents who will also be able to influence and improve their living conditions.

For financially sustainable housing
Our vision involves...
1. Working on a long-term basis; this means that our building work is of a high quality and that our properties are well maintained.
2. Providing housing where the costs are predictable for the individual.
3. Helping to promote financial stability in society and growth at both a regional and local level.

We can do this even better if...
1. The central government issues stable and long-term rules and regulations based on balanced conditions between the various forms of occupancy.
2. The municipal authorities take a more active responsibility for the provision of housing and make it easier to build houses.
3. In addition to direct consumer support, the central government could alsois able to provide support in some cases for measures that, while not commercially profitable, are in the national economic interestare socio-economically though not commercially profitable. This may involve measures to save energy and create accessibility as well as support for districts with a dwindling population.

For ecologically sustainable housing
Our vision involves...
1. Managing our housinghomes in a way that entails the minimum impact on the environment.
2. Actively working to reduce energy consumption in our properties, both as regards our own management and by changing the behaviour of employees and residents, and also working to increase the share of renewable energy sources.
3. Building environmentally friendly housinghomes and applying life-cycle thinking to investments.

We can do this even better if...
1. The central government formulates rules and regulations for environmental work based on the preconditions of property owners.
2. The municipal authorities develop plans and infrastructure considering the objective in the interests of ecologically sustainable housing.
3. The central government provides information about the best way of taking environmental measures from a financial, technical and organisational perspective.

For socially sustainable housing
Our vision involves...
1. Providing good quality homes for everyone, regardless of income, background, age and household type.
2. Developing and renewing residential areas and promoting the diversification of housinghomes through a variation of housing types, forms of occupancy and housing sizes.
3. Empowering residents by making it easy for them to have an influence on their own housing and the residential area and providing services and equipment to meet the differing needs of residents.

We can do this even better if...
1. The municipal authorities, in partnership with other local stakeholders, help to develop and renew residential areas and promote the provision of job opportunities, functioning services and meeting places in residential areas.
2. The central government mobilises its resources over the long term for socially sustainable housing.
3. The political parties get involved in the issue of socially sustainable housing by placing it high on the agenda.
 
   
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