Baltic Energy Efficiency Network for the Building Stock


Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) e.V.

IWO: Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa/ Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe

IWO (Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa) - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe - is a association of private and public partners who aim at a market-oriented and ecological development of the housing and construction economy in Eastern Europe. By the assemblage of different participants from various fields, IWO pursues a comprehensive approach. The co-ordination of the experiences and solutions offered by the participants regarding business management, technology, energy and financing, shall enable a sustainable and in each case repeatable know-how-transfer for all specific customers. It also shall contribute to the development and implementation of projects and programmes within the housing and construction economy.

The main targets of the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe as a registered society are as follows:

IWO closely co-operates with all interested public and private partners in Eastern Europe and builds up a network "housing and construction economy Eastern Europe".

Furthermore the office of IWO, which is seated in Berlin, is fostering contacts with national organisations and institutions. These are i.a. Federal Ministries (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing), financing organisations of the Federal Government (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)) and organisations focussing on Eastern Europe, e.g. the Ost- und Mitteleuropa Verein e.V. (OMV). Within the OMV the IWO is actively participating in a committee on housing and construction economy in Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to this, IWO is internationally orientated and offers the concentrated know-how of its supporters to international organisations and financing institutions, as e.g. the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as the World Bank.


Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa (IWO) e.V.

Britta Schmigotzki
Tel: +49-(0)30-2060 5485
Fax: +49-(0)30-2067 9804


The BEEN project is part-financed by the European Union (EU). Lead partner is the Berlin Government, Senate Department for Urban Development, Germany. The project is organized by the project coordinator:

- Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) e.V.
- Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa (IWO) e.V.
Friedrichstraße 95
10117 Berlin, Deutschland

Tel: +49-(0)30-20 67 98 02
Fax: +49-(0)30-20 67 98 04