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. Since the start of the SHINE project a lot has been done. In order to set up a participation process in districts to lower the threshold for district renovations a support base has been created. Therefore partners have organised inspiring study trips and a lot of meetings with stakeholders (515). So far a volunteer network of 147 energy experts have been established to guide the families of the district in saving energy. So far 1577 residents have received energy advice. Furthermore 206 smart meters and 395 monitoring systems were installed to help the families reduce energy and 777 energy kits with energy savers were handed out. At the end of SHINE the project can disseminate a method with different kind of tools with an instruction of which tools work the best in which kind of district.
The SHINE project has also been busy with developing a method to guide renovations in a district approach. Therefore 414 energy audits and self-scans were carried out and based on these group purchases of energy saving measures and renewable energy were provided. As well during the design phase, as during the renovation 158 owners were guided with assistant meetings by professional experts in order to guide them to renovate as close as possible to Nearly-Zero-Energy level.
Except for the local residents, the local building professionals are a second important target group in the SHINE project. In order to accelerate the quick uptake of building innovations by local building professionals the SHINE partners has been working on a joint method to identify the needs of this target group. Based on a few analyses so far 22 local and 2 cross-border networking moments have been organised. These will help us to develop a method to identify the needs of the local building professionals.
Furthermore the SHINE partners have been implementing energy efficient district renovations of their own housing stock. So far 470 dwellings have been renovated.