“The Square Mile Project”
Program Type: ERA-NET Eracobuild, Sustainable Renovation for the construction and operation of buildings- susRen 2011 joint Call for proposals
Project details: The various members of the project in the three member states sought to address the following objectives to tackle the challenges described above:
- To provide a methodology that can be applied to groups of dwellings in a given geographical area irrespective of tenure and building type to provide the cheapest set of solutions for the dwelling to maximise CO2 emission reductions.
- To apply this methodology to a ‘Square Mile’ of houses in three different geographical and tenure settings in the UK in order to test the outcomes under a range of measures, techniques and assumed delivery models.
- To identify the financial and reputational risks in the event of the application of an erroneous top-down strategy by applying the new methodology to a range of realistic local circumstances.
- To take each ‘Square Mile’ to the point at which procurement of retrofit services can take place having convinced a financier of the worth of the modelling approach for minimising risk.
- To monitor the progress of the retrofit services to ascertain differences between the model and the reality.
- To provide an interim report in advance of full Green Deal implementation in the UK to highlight the risks of inaccurate modelling and make recommendations to providers of retrofit schemes before they commence in earnest.
- To carry out research into the applicability of the stock assessment methodology applied in the UK to other European countries with specific regard to the range of climates in each, and how those climates will change over time. To make recommendations to enhance the methodology towards a climate flexible tool.
- To carry out research into the applicability of the stock assessment methodology applied in the UK to other European countries with specific focus on the local economic nuances and preferred financial arrangements. The project will seek to incorporate whole-life consideration into the model.
- Ultimately to prove that bottom-up retrofit modelling can be cost effective and universally applied to minimise financial risk across the whole of Europe.
- To focus efforts on analysing the applicability of key technologies that struggle to succeed financially under certain circumstances at a mass-scale as identified by the stock modelling, for instance, ventilation technologies in older buildings.
The results of this project should enable existing building companies to easily adopt and install a range of existing and new solutions as they arise. For the first time they will be basing decisions on well crafted, bottom-up databases of the area in which the technology will be applied.
Funding agency: European Commission