On 17 August 2022, the fourth public information event in the Tartu open lab took place. This time, the event was targeted at the residents and housing associations of the ten apartment buildings that applied to enter the first stage of renovation preparations.
The event was opened with warm greetings from Mr Raimond Tamm, the local project manager of oPEN Lab and Deputy Mayor of Tartu City. According to Mr Tamm, renovation is key to creating more livable and healthy living environments and as such, encouraging and facilitating renovation is a key priority for the city government as well.
The next presenter was a representative of the pre-fabricated panel manufacturing company KMT Prefab who gave a detailed overview of the benefits of prefab renovation and successful past examples. After him, Mr Kaspar Alev from the Tartu city government explained what sort of choices residents can make when renovating, for example when it comes to balconies and basements. Next, Mr Kaur Lauer from Eesti Energia introduced the concept of joint purchase of electricity which will be implemented in the renovated buildings, and Mr Lauri Lihtmaa from Tallinn University of Technology gave a presentation on the impact of renovation on property prices and value. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A with the audience.
The information event drew more than 120 in-person participants and an additional 30 via the web live stream. The event information materials and the live stream recording are also available on the project webpage for those who could not attend the meeting.