Energetic Refurbishment

The Energy SMART Building

The realisation of pilot projects leads to the definition of an “energy SMART building”. A guideline on the “energy SMART building” sums up the knowledge gained through the implementation of different rehabilitation measures.

It takes into consideration different types of buildings such as large tenement houses, public buildings, business premises, historic and listed buildings. Its shows new energy supply systems and heat consumption systems. And it demonstrates the steering of the project through professional project management and the intensive integration of all relevant actors.

Network of Energy Efficiency Info Points

A key challenge in managing participatory process is visibility and coodination, so starting from the info point forecasted by the project is it possible to wow around this key outputs a series of activities related to information, awareness raising and participation.

The network is an important tool for the dissemination of the project results, awareness-rising and knowledge transfer to a broad public. Its target groups are: citizens, property owners, investors, but also politicians and representatives of administrations and associations. The network is mainly focused on communication, public relations and information at local level. Info material in the respective native languages will be distributed. The network will also give feed-back on different partner initiatives.

The Network composed of 7 info points (LB, Genoa, Ferrara, KEK, Praga, Sopot, Kranj and an additional one in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary) is one of the sustainable transnational outputs and will be an important continuing link between the PP after the project end.

Existent info points and new ones to be created within the project will be interlinked to a highly performing network disseminating know-how on the better use of renewable energies and the rehabilitation of buildings.

All existent and new info points are interlinked to a highly performing network disseminating know-how on the better use of renewable energies, the energetic rehabilitation of all kinds of buildings and financial instruments available. The services of the existent info points will thus be upgraded and get new input via the EnSURE project results.

Info point as a "electronic square"

A first role of each info point is to combine face to face with the electronic communication implementing the follwing activities:

  • opening of a web space inside the EnSURE web site, possible using two languages (partner languagge and English); for this actions a common layout and a common structure of the web map will be defined
  • presence in the social networks (LinkIn, Facebook, You Tube, Flickr, ...), in this case a confrontation among partner can be useful to decide the approach (opening a common English space or many space useful for users speaking different languages ... or both)
  • combining strategies of communication and participation on line (forums, on line polls, ...) with the communication strategy of EnSURE project

Info point as a "square of fair"

A second key role is to support the diffusion of experiences starting from a local networking with

  • Already existing info points on energy efficiency topics
  • Energy parks, museums or other local experiences or project ideas about energy efficiency and energy transition.

The idea is to start from the closest and practical successful examples and to move to a more general strategic change at city and region level. It is important to help the networking of successful stories from for neighbor to neighbor to city to city. In any case the transnational cooperation framework of EnSURE facilitate the excange among cities and regions, it is important to develop example in a circular way from the local and from the transnational.

Another elements of this approach is to make the info point a sort of "traveling circus", the info point can not reduce to waiting for people in the office. The info point should organize initiatives were people meet:  open markets, malls, bus and railway station, school, hospitals, etc.

Info point as "civic square"

Participatory processes can follow many different paths, it is possible to simplify this enormous source of variability in two main families of experiences:

  1. Public administration as facilitator: Participation as common willing among stakeholder driven by public administration
  2. Civil society as facilitator: civil society drive innovation projects and try to involve administrations, this id the typical case when local administration is not able to grant stability at long term. The risk of first approach is a civil society waiting for local administration input, the risk of second approach is the difficulty in consolidating a civic life with institutionalized changes. However it is important to take the positive aspects of the two models: stability, continuity, consolidation of innovation in institutionalization (in the first case); social dynamism, interest of citizens for driving changes in the second model.

So, info points have this third responsibility of becoming the civic square, the civic meeting point among social actors and local administration interested in changes toward sustainability. 

Profile + Energetikom (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

Profile + Provincial Desk of Renewable Energy and Energy Saving (Genoa, Italy)

Profile + Sportello Ecoidea (Ferrara, Italy)

Profile + Energy Info Point of Sopot (Sopot, Poland)

Profile + Energy Info Point of Kranj (Kranj, Slovenia)

Profile + Energy Info Point of Praga (RSM Praga Warsaw, Poland)

Energetic rehabilitation and the built environment

Energy efficient urban development does not only have a technical, environmental and economic side but also a social one. All activities realised in the urban environment have to respect aspects such as townscape design, the built environment and the quality of life within the respective quarter. Some countries have got a specific term for this aspect: "building culture" (German: “Baukultur”).

EnSURE examines the interactions and interdependencies of energetic rehabilitation and the built environment.

Poster exhibition on best practice

A poster exhibition will visualise the results of the overall project and local pilot projects. Target groups are citizens, stakeholders, decision makers. The posters will be used for local and transnational exhibitions, at first at the final conference, to support the awareness raising process.