The region of Lorraine, the southern part of the province of Luxembourg in Belgium, and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg face a number of common housing issues:
These issues highlight the importance of structuring the housing offer across the territory to meet environmental needs, particularly with regard to energy efficiency, as well as social expectations in a difficult economic climate. The Eco-Trans-Faire project was created to address this through a focus on three rural communes, one in each of the partner regions: Beckerich in Luxembourg, Tintigny in Belgium and Villers la Chèvre in France.
Eco-Trans-Faire is an Interreg IVA cross-border project to promote eco-renovation and sustainable construction. It brings together 13 partners from the three regions with the aim of supporting the entire value chain of the industry, from supply to demand to employment. The project centers around four main actions, to be carried out between January 2012 and December 2014:
In order to ensure cohesion in the coordination of this complex project, a European Economic Interest Grouping, Eco-Trans-Faire, was created in February 2013.
Eco-Trans-Faire will help to solidify cross-border cooperation across the three regions, supporting local eco-renovation and sustainable construction offers in order to respond to local needs regarding housing, the environment, and employment and training. It will benefit local businesses by including them in its cross-border offer as well as by providing training and involving them in the whole construction cycling. The project will also benefit individuals working in the sector by providing training and support, and facilitating the exchange of good practice on construction sites. Finally, it will support job seekers by providing them with a foothold in the sustainable building and renovation industry, by providing training, and by providing access to a cross-border job platform matching supply and demand.