<ul><li>The SUN project </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange, learning, virtual learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Pieter Valkering, Dirk K...
Who are we? Dirk Habils Project manager (City of Genk) Dirk Knapen Expert energy renovation (DuBo Limburg) Pieter Valkerin...
The SUN project <ul><li>Rationale : ‘Sustainable neighbourhood’ or ‘eco-district’ increasingly fashionable. But what about...
SUN factsheet <ul><li>Funding: European Interreg IVa program,  Walloon Region of Belgium, Province of Belgian Limburg, Pro...
Project structure Action 2 SUN platform Action 3 Economy Action 4 Greenery Action 5 Energy Action 6 Community Aachen Aache...
This presentation <ul><li>Goal: </li></ul><ul><li>SUN an effective learning experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Success factors ...
Who learns?
Learning processes and tools <ul><li>General communication </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood...
What is learned? <ul><li>Practical knowledge: </li></ul><ul><li>Insulation materials </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidies and regul...
Action 5 Energy renovation <ul><li>Main goals </li></ul><ul><li>By 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>200 Dwellings have improved ener...
Action 5 Energy renovation challenges <ul><li>Very different neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing contact with in...
Action 5 Energy renovation strategy <ul><li>Focus on insulation of roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Training for trainers and socia...
Action 5 Energy renovation strategy <ul><li>To meet needs of tenants and owners-tenants alike </li></ul><ul><li>To cover a...
Action 5 Energy challenge <ul><li>5 to 15 families form  groups  and support each other to  reduce their energy consumptio...
Action 5 Energy challenge <ul><li>Establishing contact with local people </li></ul><ul><li>All households in the neighbour...
<ul><li>Calls for participation </li></ul>Action 5 Energy challenge
Action 5 Energy challenge website
Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>Main goal is to reduce price  </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood inhabit...
Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups
Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>In a second step we focused on deprived families in all the Genk-Noor...
Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>Materials are delivered at home at no cost </li></ul><ul><li>Prices g...
Action 5 Euregional pool of energy profesionnals <ul><li>Presentation and call for participation at annual construction tr...
Action 5 Raising awareness about global warming and energy consumption of residential buildings <ul><li>Aimed at general p...
Action 5 Inspiring other Euregional initiatives for renovating houses of existing neighbourhoods <ul><li>Aimed at local au...
Action 5 Energy learning <ul><li>Most important in the SUN-project are the exchanges between the participating partners </...
Action 5 Energy <ul><li>More information </li></ul><ul><li>Dirk Knapen, SUN Energy Coordinator,  </li></ul><ul><li>Steunpu...
Learning challenges <ul><li>Project complexity & ambition level = risk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lose focus, scattered inform...
Success factors <ul><li>Good exchange among project partners:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. common definition SUN </li></ul>...
Bottlenecks <ul><li>Scientist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine  methodological  and  applied  tasks: evaluation & monitoring...
How might web 2.0 technologies help? <ul><li>Added value: </li></ul><ul><li>Structure information flow: now rather ‘inform...
<ul><li>www.sun-euregio.eu </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination  LEMA-ULg </li></ul><ul><li>Partnercities  Eupen, Genk, Heerlen,...
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    1. 1. <ul><li>The SUN project </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange, learning, virtual learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Pieter Valkering, Dirk Knapen, Dirk Habils, Christine Ruelle, Joop de Kraker </li></ul><ul><li>3-Lensus Stakeholder workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Thessaloniki, Greece, November 4th 2010 </li></ul>
    2. 2. Who are we? Dirk Habils Project manager (City of Genk) Dirk Knapen Expert energy renovation (DuBo Limburg) Pieter Valkering Researcher sustainable development (UM-ICIS)
    3. 3. The SUN project <ul><li>Rationale : ‘Sustainable neighbourhood’ or ‘eco-district’ increasingly fashionable. But what about existing neighbourhoods? </li></ul><ul><li>Ambition : To stimulate the sustainable development of seven neighbourhoods clustered in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine </li></ul><ul><li>Approach : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Action research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trans-disciplinary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top-down and bottom-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange and learning </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. SUN factsheet <ul><li>Funding: European Interreg IVa program, Walloon Region of Belgium, Province of Belgian Limburg, Province of Dutch Limburg, and Regio Aachen. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination: LEMA – ULg </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 2009 – 2011 (3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Cities : Heerlen, Liège, Verviers, Eupen, Genk, Aachen and Eschweiler </li></ul><ul><li>Expert organisations : COS-Limburg, DuBoLimburg, Eco'Hom and associated partners Cluster Eco-construction, Smart and SPI+ </li></ul><ul><li>Universities : LEMA-ULg, Maastricht University-ICIS, Hasselt University, Fachhochschüle Aachen, Volkshochschüle Aachen </li></ul>
    5. 5. Project structure Action 2 SUN platform Action 3 Economy Action 4 Greenery Action 5 Energy Action 6 Community Aachen Aachen-Ost Eschweiler Eschwiler-Ost Eupen Unterstadt Genk Noord-west Heerlen MSP Liège St.Leonard Verviers Hodimont Improving energy performance Participative greening of public spaces Stimulating local economy Strengthening social cohesion
    6. 6. This presentation <ul><li>Goal: </li></ul><ul><li>SUN an effective learning experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Success factors and bottlenecks </li></ul><ul><li>How web 2.0 technologies might enhance learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Outline: </li></ul><ul><li>General learning approach SUN </li></ul><ul><li>Energy action in Genk </li></ul><ul><li>Other Actions in Genk </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    7. 7. Who learns?
    8. 8. Learning processes and tools <ul><li>General communication </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood activities </li></ul><ul><li>Euregional professional exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Bi-annual SUN events </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation and monitoring framework </li></ul><ul><li>SUN website (member and public area) </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is learned? <ul><li>Practical knowledge: </li></ul><ul><li>Insulation materials </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidies and regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Common understanding: </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising </li></ul><ul><li>What is Sust Dev? </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building: </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Improved management </li></ul>
    10. 10. Action 5 Energy renovation <ul><li>Main goals </li></ul><ul><li>By 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>200 Dwellings have improved energy performance </li></ul><ul><li>A Euregional pool of energy contractors is operational </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness about global warming and energy consumption of residential buildings in entire Euregion has risen </li></ul><ul><li>Energy renovation action has inspired other Euregional initiatives for renovating houses in existing neighbourhoods </li></ul>
    11. 11. Action 5 Energy renovation challenges <ul><li>Very different neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing contact with inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Language barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Owner-tenant dilemma </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining interest of energy contractors </li></ul><ul><li>Links with other actions </li></ul>
    12. 12. Action 5 Energy renovation strategy <ul><li>Focus on insulation of roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Training for trainers and social workers </li></ul><ul><li>Contact intermediairies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-textual communication tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulation materials puzzle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-textual DVD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start up help desks </li></ul>
    13. 13. Action 5 Energy renovation strategy <ul><li>To meet needs of tenants and owners-tenants alike </li></ul><ul><li>To cover a wide range from small behavioural changes, over energy saving measures with little or no investment, over more important renovation activities to full scale modification of dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on two main fields of action </li></ul><ul><li>Energy challenges for information and limited measures </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing groups for support and cost reduction for more important measures </li></ul>
    14. 14. Action 5 Energy challenge <ul><li>5 to 15 families form groups and support each other to reduce their energy consumption by at least 8% in one winter </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary energymasters guide the groups, help with tips and tricks to save energy and make sure that the weekly metering data are entered into the internetprogram </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings and informationsessions are set up with the inhabitants of the participating neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Together with the participants energy saving programs are set up </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the project metering data will show how much energy the neighbourhoods saved </li></ul>
    15. 15. Action 5 Energy challenge <ul><li>Establishing contact with local people </li></ul><ul><li>All households in the neighbourhood can participate, owners as well as tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Connect inhabitants within and between neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Create trust between inhabitants and city authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Raise self-esteem by accomplishing results or guide neighbours </li></ul><ul><li>Select dwellings most in need of renovation </li></ul><ul><li>Advise people based on their actual energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Follow energy consumption after modifications </li></ul><ul><li>Create local jobs </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Calls for participation </li></ul>Action 5 Energy challenge
    17. 17. Action 5 Energy challenge website
    18. 18. Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>Main goal is to reduce price </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood inhabitants are invited to at least two information sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A first one to explain the reason for and the how-to’s of insulation and to express interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A second one to present products or service to be purchased and a number of suppliers. In Genk the Christian workers movement preselects the products and the suppliers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A third one to place the orders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In Eupen and Liège SUN sets up the purchase group. In Genk SUN backs the purchase by offering the follow up possibilities of the energy challenge as well as the help with the application for subsidies </li></ul>
    19. 19. Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups
    20. 20. Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>In a second step we focused on deprived families in all the Genk-Noord neighbourhoods participating in the SUN-project </li></ul><ul><li>All families who had a previous energy scan showing the lack of roof insulation where personally invited </li></ul><ul><li>The offer consisted of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A second preparatory visit to the dwelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice between do-it-yourself or installation by (social) contractor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control visit afterwards to assure quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help with the aplication for subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefinancing through a federal energy saving fund </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Action 5 Energy renovation purchasing groups <ul><li>Materials are delivered at home at no cost </li></ul><ul><li>Prices go down by enlarging the order and by grouping transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Buyers are reassured by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supply of all of the necessary materials: not only the insulation material but also vapour barrier, cutterknives, stapples, tapes, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How-to and how-not-to information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality check afterwards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support in applying for subsidies </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Action 5 Euregional pool of energy profesionnals <ul><li>Presentation and call for participation at annual construction trade fair in 2009 and 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Personal invitations during preparation of group purchase in Liège </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment pledge proposal in 4 languages </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of information package on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative obligations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support mechanisms </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Action 5 Raising awareness about global warming and energy consumption of residential buildings <ul><li>Aimed at general public </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of SUN-project and action 5 on markets, neighbourhood festivities and in information sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulation materials puzzles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participation in climate debates </li></ul><ul><li>CO 2 for ladies … and gentlemen </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder meetings on climate and energy </li></ul>
    24. 24. Action 5 Inspiring other Euregional initiatives for renovating houses of existing neighbourhoods <ul><li>Aimed at local authorities and intermediairies </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting inspiring examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local no-cost roof insulation in social housing estate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AltbauPlus information centre in Aachen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated social employment, sustainable building and gardening project, le Chênelet in France </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exchange between social services on (pre-)financing of energy renovation for deprived families </li></ul>
    25. 25. Action 5 Energy learning <ul><li>Most important in the SUN-project are the exchanges between the participating partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harmonisation of activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Translating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving feed-back </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-mail, face-to-face, group meetings, website </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanges with inhabitants and local stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanges with external individuals or organisations </li></ul>
    26. 26. Action 5 Energy <ul><li>More information </li></ul><ul><li>Dirk Knapen, SUN Energy Coordinator, </li></ul><ul><li>Steunpunt Duurzaam Bouwen Limburg/ Support point for Sustainable Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Marktplein 7/1, 3550 Heusden-Zolder, </li></ul><ul><li>TEL 011 79 97 62 - MOB 0475 86 01 64 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    27. 27. Learning challenges <ul><li>Project complexity & ambition level = risk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lose focus, scattered information, ‘get lost’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Language and cultural barriers, different backgrounds, different starting situations in neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a common objective between project partners and the broader stakeholder community (i.e. a shared interpretation of a SUN) </li></ul>
    28. 28. Success factors <ul><li>Good exchange among project partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. common definition SUN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Euregional exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. federal support system for energy poor families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. ‘green roofs’ initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reaching local stakeholders (but ‘one way’) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g energy challenge </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Bottlenecks <ul><li>Scientist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine methodological and applied tasks: evaluation & monitoring framework, common sun definition, facilitating learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Split’ communication’ Action 2 ↔ City managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to keep track of / engage in neighbourhood activities. ‘Running behind the facts’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy expert: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short time frame </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expectation management ↔ experimental character of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding sponsors and investment money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited stakeholder participation (‘high potential’ participants are absent) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City manager: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance between city and project interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve other city services and neighbourhood partners </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. How might web 2.0 technologies help? <ul><li>Added value: </li></ul><ul><li>Structure information flow: now rather ‘informal’ and ‘ad hoc’ </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a better communication platform than the current website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But: </li></ul><ul><li>How to solve the language problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment / priority / time ? </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging inhabitants? </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>www.sun-euregio.eu </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination LEMA-ULg </li></ul><ul><li>Partnercities Eupen, Genk, Heerlen, Lüttich, Verviers </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerorganisations DuBoLimburg, Eco'Hom, COS-Limburg, Maastricht University, Universiteit Hasselt, Fachhochschüle Aachen, SMart, Cluster Eco-construction, SPI+ </li></ul><ul><li>With the support of </li></ul>

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