The founders of FOVISEE are a group of professionals sharing a strong commitment towards the improvement of our society. For over 10 years we have worked on the design and implementation of programs on access to energy in low income communities.
The context which inspired us is one of a developing country, where large numbers of the population live under the line of poverty, where the social policies agenda targeted at these people does not include sustainability or energy efficiency topics. The Argentine state builds annually around 36,000 new social housing units, where construction is based on living space needs and reduced budget not including energy efficiency criteria, so it yearly adds thousands of homes that will waste energy for decades and lessen families’ comfort.
To make up for the lack of experience, we built and measured new energy efficient affordable housing model units, and designed, applied and measured rehabilitation models. Determined to influence public policies, we base our work on feasibility; and believe that the most definitive way of assessing it is actually carrying out applied field projects. During our experience we attempted to carry out several ideas with unsuccessful results, where the lessons were all the more valuable than with successful cases: it has helped us rule out ideas that were impracticable, too costly, complicated, or fragile; and also helped us work on ideas that were originally flawed, but could be improved.
FOVISEE does not charge for its services. Sponsorships and donations from businesses and individuals are the foundation’s financial sources. But above everything, the specificity of the Forum is to gather different institutions that contribute to the projects with human, technical and financial resources. The main partners from the beginning of the Forum are:
CIHE (Center of Research on Habitat and Energy), Architecture Faculty, University of Buenos Aires: Professional advising.
DRS-UTN (Social Responsibility Department, National Technological University): Human resources and logistics support.
INTI (National Institute of Industrial Technology): Institutional support and professional advising.
Edenor (largest electrical distributor of Argentina): Financial, logistical and human resources support.
Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) social enterprise that has been creating healthy, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities for individuals and families in the southeastern United States for 40 years. Our three business segments – real estate development, housing services, and energy solutions – incorporate economic, environmental, and socially sustainable principles and practices in everything we do.
Since 1975, CHP has expanded its service area to encompass seven states; built a multifamily housing inventory of almost 5,000 units; weatherized approximately 25,600 homes; developed more than 250 single-family homes; and assisted over 310,000 individuals with their housing, financial, and social needs. Our clients include senior citizens, formerly-homeless people, single female heads-of-household, and other families and individuals of low-income and low-wealth.
CHP’s activities include sustainable development, architectural design, construction, real estate sales, energy training and research, emergency home repair, weatherization, homeownership facilitation, and housing management. These efforts, in concert with public and private partnerships, enable us to create and sustain communities that promote vitality in neighborhoods, foster wealth-building for individuals, and contribute to a better environment for future generations.
In 2015, we were ranked as one of the nation’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers by Affordable Housing Finance magazine and listed by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) as one of the 101 largest affordable multifamily property managers in the U.S.
Weatherizers Without Borders (WWB)
WWB fights energy inefficiency and energy poverty, improving the health, safety, comfort and economy of families across the globe. Their work is based on the 37 years of the successful Watherization Assistance Program (WAP) in the US, where over 6 million homes have been wetaherized to this day.
The primary objectives of the organization include decreasing the number of people living in energy poverty, the number of people dependent on non-renewable fuels, breathing CO2 emissions and experiencing frequent blackouts and shutoffs. On the other side, they want to create the healthiest and safest environment possible for the families to live in. In addition, WWB sets to create more green-collar jobs and promote green industries and energy for all.
WWB is an international weatherization services organization with the mission of:
- expanding public awareness and support for weatherization programs globally
- improving the health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of low-income homes and building environments in different countries
- developing strategic partnerships in order to support weatherization programs globally
- increasing the capacity of their partners, themselves and their clients, through outreach, training and consulting
- uniting energy professionals worldwide to globally expand the knowledge and science of weatherization to all nations