Project budget7 066 533 €
ERDF amount4 239 920 €
The challenges facing all partners include: increasing energy use, fluctuating prices, fuel poverty, energy security and finite resources, threats to our environment and community resilience. These are issues that cross borders and therefore require a joint approach. In addition, since the partners share similar maritime climates and housing stock profiles, there are synergies and benefits in sharing solutions. Residential dwellings are a major part in our GHG emissions, so major reductions are possible by retrofitting homes and directly engaging with communities to reduce their energy usage.
The overall objective of SHINE is to reduce carbon emissions in residential dwellings. SHINE wants to accelerate the hesitant process of the participating regions on adoption of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in the retrofitting of residential dwellings. SHINE will develop and implement a cross-border approach for district renovations, which paves the way for a wider uptake. The impact of joint renovations is bigger by engaging a whole community. This effect is enhanced by the participation process which tackles the barriers of retrofitting and effective CO2 reductions.
The main outputs are the pilots of the renovated districts and the method to renovate districts with private owners. These will show that a more energy efficient housing stock is possible. To achieve the expected energy reduction after renovation, involvement of the residents during the renovation process is crucial. Therefore a method to set up a participation process with a bottom-up approach is elaborated in SHINE. Building professionals will be informed on the techniques and innovations on energy efficient building, by elaborating a method to set up local need-driven networks.
Cross border approach
Districts in SHINE differ in technical aspects but also in social context. Partners will look for cross-border similarities in their districts. Based on these similarities, partners will set up joint approaches to increase the energy efficiency of the housing stock. Partners will test the approaches in a sufficiently large number of houses, in all Member States and in different circumstances so that the robustness and transferability of the methods can be demonstrated. After evaluation the project partners will, with the help of the large network of observer partners, disseminate the methods in and beyond the 2 Seas area.
Shine focuses on district renovations with a bottom-up approach. Two kind of district renovations are involved: districts with dwellings in private ownership and districts in property of PP. The involvement of the residents is crucial for the success of the renovations. In these first two years PP have focused on setting up participation processess (e.g. meetings with district stakeholders, digital/face to face platforms, mobile infomation stands to persuade the residents) in order to convince residents of the benefits of renovations. Furthermore, PP help the residents to get small and medium scaled energy savings. A network of volunteers, trained to become an energy expert, was set up and broadened. 668 residents already received energy advice. 655 energy kits, monitoring systems and smart meters are purchased, distributed and installed. These tools will help the energy experts and residents to lower their energy use. New and approved methods can be tested in the next period. At the end of Shine PP can disseminate a method with different kind of tools with an instruction of which tools work the best in which kind of district.
In the districts with private ownership PP started in 5 districts with carrying out self-scans and energy audits. 129 owners that want to renovate their house towards the NZE-level have got their first assistant meeting. The number of registration for this part is much higher than expected. 55 owners that are renovating their house towards NZE-level have got an assistant meeting during the renovation.
In the districts where PP own the dwellings, all PP have done technical screenings and are renovating or have planned renovations works for the next period. Already 171 dwellings are renovated: Adamy (2), Faidherbe (14), St Leonards (101), Brighton and Hove (54).
PP believe the cross border cooperation in Shine is an enormous added value for the project. Experiences, problems, tips and tricks have been exchanged between partner via various channels: during partner meetings, via Skype, via Basecamp, via telephone calls and via the building challenges webpage on the Shine website.