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Glasgow Learning Network Training Workshop – April 20th 2015




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Celsius Smart Cities Workshop- 16th September 2015

This interactive workshop will bring together excellence from several advanced European Smart Cities projects that will put forward their expertise and their project results on integrated planning, energy efficiency and district energy solutions, among others.

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The fourth Belgian Smart Energy Cities Network training/coaching workshop in March 2015 covered the theme of collective renovation approaches. The workshop included three presentations on the topic.

As always, the workshop was preceded by a plenary session where an overview was given on the current status of the opportunities at EU level. In addition to this, a new project on Financing Local Climate Plans was introduced.

Request2Action – online renovation tool (Marlies Van Holm – VITO)

Marlies Van Holm (VITO) gave an introduction into the ongoing development of urban renovation platforms in the Request2Action project (www.building-request.eu). Request2Action is a programme across eight European countries with a focus on how Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) can be used to promote home energy efficiency. New approaches to make EPC data useful for governments, private companies and individuals are being piloted; and national home energy data hubs are being created.

VITO will develop such test hubs to be tested in several cities. The objectives of the fully fledged Flemish hub are: for city services to have data on dwellings; their EPCs and energy consumption at their disposal; for citizens to get a better insight into the state of their dwelling and renovation options; to provide for a platform where renovation demand meets renovation supply; and to develop a neighbourhood and city dynamic once renovation occurs. This will be made possible from the communication between two platforms: an open platform embedded in cities’ own virtual environment and a restricted data platform accessible through individual dwelling identification details. These platforms can then be developed further with all kinds of applications through things like remote sensing and GIS. Ultimately this data will become usable information from where it can be used for enhanced energy renovation. This in turn will help to reach energy efficiency and renewable energy targets for cities and the EU.

Link to file:  20150309_STEP UP_Lerend Netwerk_Request2Action_Stedelijke renovatieplatformen

Short overview of the state of play and projects in de IWT Living Labs on renovations (Dieter Cuypers – VITO)

Dieter Cuypers (VITO) gave an overview of the 10 ongoing Living Labs on collective renovations in Flanders, funded by IWT.

Link to file:  20150309_STEP UP_Lerend Netwerk_IWT Proeftuin woningrenovatie_Eng

He then gave an overview of the trends in implementation with such initiatives. While collective renovation initiatives are usually implemented with economies of scale in mind at a high level, undertaking such projects as citizens in collaboration can also be successful and this is often where behavioural psychology plays a key role.

Furthermore, the presentation went deeper into the many aspects of collective renovations: such as the relationship between neighbours, potential bottlenecks, dangers, but also the potential benefits. The main challenges that were noted are the organisation of the collective approach and finding innovative financing mechanisms. Currently in Flanders the approach to helping citizens break through financial barriers to energy renovation is a scattered and dispersed approach where many different actors provide partial solutions through subsidies, loans, tax exemptions and more. Whilst this offers many partial solutions, citizens can get lost in the sheer number of options available to them. The presentation concluded with some financial examples from abroad.

Link to file:  20150309_STEP UP_Lerend Netwerk_collectieve renovaties

The Glasgow STEP UP team delivered a training workshop for the Glasgow Learning Network on Tools and Approaches for Sustainable City Planning on April 20th. The workshop was held at Keep Scotland Beautiful’s office in Stirling, supported by the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Cities Alliance and Sustainable Scotland Network.

The workshop introduced participants to two tools for sustainable city planning used by Glasgow during the STEP UP project:

Stakeholder prioritisation matrix and engagement plan – Glasgow’s step-by-step approach to identifying, understanding and prioritising stakeholders was shared, to assist cities with planning for effective engagement. To find out more, view a step-by-step guide to using this approach online below. 

Stakeholder Guidebook

Problem/solution tree analysis – This tool was used by the Glasgow STEP UP team to identify and analyse key city challenges in order to explore potential solutions and project opportunities. View the step-by-step guide below to find out more.

Problem/Solution Tree Analysis Guidebook


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