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Sustainable housing for strong communities (Stronghouse)

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 000 000
Project period
2020 - 2023
Project owner
Department of Applied Information Technology

Short description

Buildings still account for 40% of the energy consumption in Europe. The technical possibilities for energy efficiency and renewable energy increase fast. However, there is still a lack of detailed understanding about the different drivers for individual homeowners to act on these possibilities and to substantially reduce the environmental footprint of their homes.

Stronghouse will improve this understanding and develop new strategies to finance, organize, implement and adopt products, services and processes which reduce the environmental footprint of privately owned, residential buildings across the North Sea Region.

Stronghouse takes up this challenge by analyzing the differences in financial and regulatory frameworks, housing cultures and strategies for citizen involvement. Consequently, Stronghouse analyzes regional best practices on how they can be transferred to other regions and develops – based on existing practices - four, related support measures

  1. Instruments that enable individual homeowners to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energies
  2. Neighborhood-approach to organize the necessary scale and drivers to invest
  3. Market access for regional SMEs specialized in energy renovation for individual homeowners
  4. Adoption strategies for implementing these instruments, approach and market access

Stronghouse thus improves the environmental footprint of 15.000 homes, generates 150 million euro investment and a 40 megaton CO2 reduction.