LocSus (Local Sustainability)

Call Reference: 
LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020
Short description of project idea : 
Energy use in buildings is about 40% of total energy use. A substantial part of this is supplied by non-renewable energy. Both EU and national policies strive for: 1. Reduce the energy demand in buildings 2. Increase the share of renewables to buildings There is a huge gap between the ambitions between the ambitions defined by politicians on national and international level, and what is actually taking place on local level. This issue is even bigger in smaller towns. There exist several very good demonstration projects on individual building level and different renewable energy supply systems. There are few examples in smaller towns where both the best cases of energy efficient buildings are combined with the best cases of sustainable energy supply systems. To exemplify the paradox which has to be dealt with; a Passive House has a low need of energy for heating, but in some municipalities it is mandatory to connect to an existing district heating system although there is no need for this energy. Project idea Based on the real situation in the local area there might be different strategies for creating a system for sustainable energy use in buildings. Examples: • In an area where new buildings are to be planned the aim is to build new buildings with very low need of energy and with local production of the majority of the energy needed. • In an area with existing buildings with very high energy demand, the aim is to launch measures for reducing the need of energy by a) include energy efficiency actions when the building anyway need an upgrading and b) systematic energy efficiency actions in all existing building (picking the low hanging fruits). We believe that if different best practice combined systems could be demonstrated in smaller towns in different countries, we could be able to define specific “packages” which suits different conditions dependent of what energy sources may be available. In the municipality of Eid in Sogn og Fjordane located in Western Norway the majority of the energy for heating and cooling of buildings of a total of more than 90.000 m2 in the town get the energy from the fjord. For 13 years ago the municipality invested in a network of pipes for a “low temperature” district heating systems. Each connecting building holds its own water to water heat pump. The system even keep a local soccer field free from ice during the cold winter (without heat pump as the water from the fjord never goes below + 8 degrees in the winter time. In the same municipality there are actors now considering to invest in solar systems on their buildings. There are also some examples of low energy houses. On the supply side there are more companies locally with innovative solutions for energy efficient buildings nationwide in Norway. There is also a group of companies offering planning and consulting services within this field; from energy efficiency in existing buildings, technical and architectural services for buildings and infrastructure, planning of “Fjord Heating Systems” and finally consulting services in developing sustainable business. This group looks for similar initiatives in other countries with interest to develop different system approaches between: • Energy efficient building envelopes • Smart solutions in individual buildings and possible between group of buildings • Decentralized renewable energy supply • Connection to district heating systems
Segel
Energy
Main areas of expertise: 
Innovation processes across multiple companies/organizations Market strategies for sustainable construction
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Title: 
Conceptualize and multiply the best demonstrated local integrated renewable systems in Europe
Description: 
The main question is how to combine and balance the use of different measures to optimize the degree of sustainability. There will be different answers to this depending the conditions locally. The learning between different actors in different countries will include: • Which combinations are best suitable for which conditions? • Which business models creates most added value for involved actors (including the customers)? • How can the different models be multiplied internationally? What results are we aiming for? • Solve a major societal challenge – create sustainable small towns by supply of renewable energy • International business opportunities for companies involved
Challenges that may determine the impact of the project: 
Title: 
Variety in climate, local renewable sources, standards/legislation and behavioral culture
Description: 
For each location there will be different frame conditions which needs different solutions. How to adapt to high variety of situations and at same time to have a "standardized" concept (but with different solutions) is a major challenge in how to do good marketing of sustainable solutions. We do need competence within the consortium with experience of different technical solutions (both on energy systems and on individual building issues) as well on how to bring this (multiply) to a broader market.
Title: 
Complexity and Market multiplication
Description: 
On one side we need to have enough partners to cover most relevant experiences of different solutions, and on the other side we should try to limit it in order to not make it too complex. As we would like to multiply the impact we could also involve partners with positions in their respective markets even though they do not have own experience with such combined solutions as described above. As any project will have a limited budget frame, there will be a chellenge to define the balance between available resources and ambition level.
Partners that have already expressed interest in the project and expected role: 
Title: 
Nordplan AS
Description: 
Architect and engineering competence with experience in planning of buildings, landscape and infrastructure.
Title: 
Fjordvarme AS
Description: 
Company with competence in planning and in charge of operation of Norway's first pilot of low temperature DHS with energy from the fjord.
Title: 
Enøk-senteret AS
Description: 
Experience with systematic energy efficiency in existing buildings. The service include energy audits, energy management, training of maintenance personnel.
Title: 
Other
Description: 
There is also interest from a local municipality to participate in the project. The idea is already discussed with potential partners in Finland (further discussions will take part in face to face meeting in Finland at the end of September).
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
Title: 
Municipalities
Description: 
Municipalities either with experiences with local energy systems or at least have ambitions/ideas of implementing this. We foresee cases from 3-6 countries.
Title: 
Companies with competence in planning and implmenting of local energy systems
Description: 
We hope to find partners which each has at least in depth knowledge and experience with operation of one local energy systems or individual solutions for buildings. Together all partners should cover most relevant renewable solutions. We hope to find partners which each has at least in depth knowledge and experience with operation of one local energy systems or individual solutions for buildings. Together all partners should cover most relevant renewable solutions.
Title: 
Companies with competence in planning energy efficient buildings
Description: 
i.e. architects and engineering companies
Title: 
Landlords /real estate developers
Description: 
Owners of buildings or building developers
Title: 
Companies/organizations with experience in promoting innovative and sustainable solutions
Description: 
This could be consulting companies similar to Segel or intermediaries with experience from promotion of benefits of sustainable construction.
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
Title: 
Cohereno
Programme: 
IEE
Title: 
Retrokit
Programme: 
FP7
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
We foresee cooperation with partners from 3 to 6 European countries. The majority should have coast.
First Name: 
Trond
Last Name: 
Haavik
Name of the organisation: 
Segel AS
Short description of organisation: 
Consulting with Business Innovation and Market Development. The company has been involved in several international research project related to energy efficient buildings, both EU funded and other as part of the cooperation with International Energy Agency - Solar Heating & Cooling ( IEA SHC).

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