Project budget5 297 095 €
ERDF amount3 178 257 €
The building sector accounts for approximately 35% of CO2 emissions. About 50% of the dwellings in the partner regions consists of single-family housing in the owner-occupied sector. Although there is an enormous potential to reduce CO2 emissions by stimulating home-owners to adopt low-carbon technologies, the current average renovation rate is just around 1%. ‘Triple-A’ unites 7 local authorities (LAs) pioneering in renovation policies in their ambition to achieve a real market acceleration in this part of the building sector resulting in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
To achieve market acceleration in the adoption of low-carbon technologies by home-owners in single-family housing, by co-creation and implementation of the Triple-A method that increases AWARENESS of low-carbon technologies and simultaneously secures easy ACCESS to technologies that fit their individual needs and resources, resulting in increased ADOPTION. Triple-A aims to contribute to at least 2% of the partners' climate targets for housing and to increase the renovation rate of owners of single-family housing in the LA regions leading to 7,000 tonnes annual CO2 reduction.
Implementation of the Triple-A approach consisting of:
- a set of modules to strengthen LA webportals to increase awareness and easy access
- a tested method (by 585 home-owners) to use home energy management systems to increase awareness and trigger adoption
- 3 models for pop-up centers, implemented in 7 LAs, to increase awareness and provide consultancy for access to low-carbon technologies
- 8 demonstration examplers to increase awareness of a wide range of technologies leading to 4,191 tonnes less CO2 emissions
- a Triple-A implementation guide applied in at least 14 other LAs.
Cross border approach
The cross-border cooperation enables the use of the partners' complementary experiences in stimulating home-owners to adopt low-carbon technologies. The Triple-A method will build on partners' experiences with web-portals (Picardie, Rotterdam and Breda), home energy management systems (Eandis, TU Delft and Ghent University), demonstration exemplars (Antwerp and Kent) and consultancy centers (Mechelen and Ostend). Through pooling resources and experiences, the development and implementation of the Triple-A method will lead to a much greater reach of home-owners than local authorities in individual member states would be able to achieve on their own, allowing the 2 Seas Region to become a frontrunner in Europe's energy transition.
At project mid-term, the project partners (PPs) already realised increased adoption of low-carbon technologies by homeowners of single-family houses. Seven local authorities (LAs: cities of Rotterdam, Breda, Antwerp, and Mechelen; EOS Oostend; SPEE Picardie; Kent County Council) identified an inovative way of supporting homeowners in local target areas using web portals, pop-up centers, demonstration exemplars and easy access to home energy monitoring systems (HEMS). This Triple-A strategy was refined with input from TU Delft, University of Ghent and Eandis, improving ways to influence homeowner decision processes, evaluating experiences and developing marketing plans and implementation.
Building on PP's experiences with existing web portals, a questionnaire towards LAs, an inventory of low-carbon technologies and financial schemes, and 6 local workshops on local authority web portal development, a public report was prepared to support the adoption and identification of LA web modules for easier access to low carbon technologies by LAs. Subsequent Triple-A activities helped the LAs to identify, select and realise new web modules in co-creation with stakeholders and LAs.
PPs discussed the use of HEMS to influence homeowner decisions, and consequently scoped, selected and procured (adapted) HEMS.
Literature research, a questionnaire to local authorities, interviews with consultancy centers, an inventory of low-carbon technologies and financial schemes used by partners, and a jointly organized business modeling workshop further resulted a comprehensive report and articles to support developing local pop-up consultancy centers. In 2018, six local authorities already launched local pop-up consultancy centers, either on a fixed location or in a mobile format, attracting a number of visitors beyond expectations.
Based a target area analysis for a demonstration area the PPs identified engagement strategies for these areas using the input from jointly organized workshops, brainstorms, meetings and buddy cooperation. PPs exchanged valuable information such as standardised contracts and information about finance, funding and demo models.
Project Key Performance Indicators were developed and are now being monitored.
PPs now work with a targeted dissemination strategy and continuously strengthen engagement of observer LAs, for example using www.triple-a-interreg.eu, a Triple-A group on LinkedIn, articles, news items, presentations, banners, conferences,..