Together we thrive
The upgrading of the city’s quarters through urban development and energy renewal represents a central task for the coming years. Existing properties, as well as inner-city quarters, are often in need of substantial rehabilitation and upgrading. Additionally, the value of a property cannot easily be identified. However, many problems can already be solved by smaller and communal measures and investments. For addressing the various challenges, active cooperation among house owners is becoming increasingly important.
In the form of Eigentümerstandortgemeinschaften (Local homeowner communities/ ESG) the various actors can solve complex problems together. ESGs are understood to be a voluntary association of owners of neighboring properties with the aim of developing joint activities or measures to increase their benefits of property ownership. However, many problems can already be solved by smaller, communally coordinated measures and investments. For this, a variety of useful measures can be applied (structural, social, marketing/image etc.). ESGs are thereby detached to a certain extent from the microeconomic consideration of the individual owner (profitability of individual property ownership), in order to achieve both neighborhood profitability and energy optimization. Thus, a homeowner's sphere of influence is not limited to their own property anymore but is extended to the entire living environment.
Together, more problems can be addressed, such as the negative image of a district, neglected key properties in central locations or disorderly block interiors
The key principles and characteristics of ESGs have been outlined in the ESG Charter summary:
ESG are voluntary, self-written associations of real estate owners.
The common interests of property owners are most important.
The owners themselves are the main actors and are actively involved.
Cooperation in an ESG is an open-ended decision-making process.
ESGs make their decisions autonomously. The development of goals, fields of action and concrete measures is carried out by the owners themselves and, if necessary, with the support of experts.
The owners implement the jointly agreed measures themselves - supported by external actors and the city if necessary.
Cooperation is fundamentally open-ended. However, it can change depending on the type of task and progress of the process.
The aim of EG PRO Switzerland is to optimize energy use, utilizing innovative building technologies in such a way that fossil fuels are phased out, energy consumption is reduced, and the required energy is generated as decentrally as possible to relieve the networks.
There is an appreciation of the properties and an increasing return on building management, because additional financial resources are available to homeowners and people, who want to improve their homes.
A pilot project must be carried out in such a way that it is scalable and feasible in many regions, cantons and cities. For this, it is important that the yield advantages of the owners are identified transparently and are openly communicated.