Our overall aim is to demonstrate, through innovative solutions and integrated design of buildings and energy supply systems, that achieving plus energy standards at the neighbourhood scale presents several advantages compared to the single building scale:
Cost similar to 2020 NZEB.
Increase the share of plus energy houses.
CO² reduction in the residential sector.
Improved Indoor Environmental Quality and higher rate of user satisfaction based on their demand and behaviour.
We will achieve this by unravelling five main strategies:
Reducing the neighbourhood net energy consumption by using solutions based on a total life cycle cost analysis.
Facilitating peak shaving through load shifting, control, and storage thus reducing the size of energy supply installations,increasing self-consumption of renewable energy, and reducing the stress on the grid.
Sharing of resources such as energy, infrastructure, and common spaces with neighbours.
Ensuring high quality architecture, creating good indoor and outdoor environments, and solutions that make the occupants and the community proud of their neighbourhood.
Benefitting from large-scale effects of the neighbourhood scale to replicate the solutions at European level.