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French Housing Minister announces top priorities for residential new-build housing

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France’s new Housing Minister Emmanuelle Cosse recently outlined her three main priorities for housing and sustainable habitat. Social and emergency housing as well as environmentally-friendly living are set to take center stage during Cosse’s mandate.

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the ALUR law — law on access to housing and renovated urbanism — incumbent Minister for Housing and Sustainable Habitat, Emmanuelle Cosse, announced her plan to focus on “social justice, solidarity and the environment,” following in her predecessor, Sylvia Pinel’s, footsteps.

Cosse was appointed to President Hollande’s cabinet on 11 February of this year, leavning her then-post as General Secretary of the French Green Party, Europe Ecologie – Les Verts (EELV).

On March 23rd, two years after the start of the ALUR law’s application, Cosse celebrated the fact that well over half the law had already been implemented, with the rest in the pipeline. “We should reach 90% of the law’s application by the end of this summer,” she declared at a recent press conference. She called on “actors in the housing sector to take real ownership of the text” and see it through.

The first objective, “social justice,” will aim to support the recovery of the construction sector — which was also one of her predecessor, Sylvia Pinel’s main objectives last year — and develop affordable social housing, in line with the Urban Renewal and Solidary Act (SRU) of 2000, consolidated on 11 May 2016.

The second point focuses specifically on improving emergency accommodation, as Pinel had a year ago, including creating 500 extra spaces for victims of domestic abuse.

Finally, Cosse’s last important objective is to increase the number of environmentally friendly and sustainable housing units in the country over the next two years, with the goal of drastically reducing the carbon footprint of most homes.

Cosse’s plans are in line with those recently announced by Minister for the Environment Ségolène Royal, to renovate 100,000 homes in 2017 as part of the “Better Living” program launched by National Agency for Habitat (ANAH).

Photo credit: l’express

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