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Our mission is to increase the share of sustainable neighbourhoods with surplus renewable energy in different contexts, climates and markets in Europe.

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A Positive Energy Neighbourhood produces at least as much renewable energy as it uses in a year, when accounted at the source. It includes Local Storage and Energy Supply Units. Users, buildings and technical systems...

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4 Demo Neighbourhoods

Besides providing a net energy surplus, the demos will have high architectural quality, improved indoor environment compared to the 2020 nearly zero-energy buildings.

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syn.ikia partners have produced a series of materials, promotional or scientific, that reflect the evolution of the project.

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SustainablePlusEnergy Neighbourhoods

syn.ikia is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.Our mission in syn.ikia is to increase the share of sustainable neighbourhoods with surplus renewable energy, resilient and affordable living places and communities in different contexts, climates and markets in Europe.Our neighbourhoods will achieve more than 100% energy savings, 90% renewable energy generation triggered, 100% GHG emissions reduction, and 10% life cycle costs reduction, compared to NZEB levels.

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Over the course of the project (2020-2024), four real-life plus-energy demo neighbourhood projects tailored to four different climatic zones are developed, analysed, optimised and monitored, demonstrating the functionality of the plus-energy neighbourhood concept to the rest of Europe.

  • Verksbyen, Fredrikstad
  • Loopkanstraat, Uden_1.0
  • Gneis District, Salzburg_1.0
  • Fondo, Santa Coloma de Gramenet_1.0
Ammerud, Oslo

Verksbyen, Fredrikstad

Verket Atrium and Panorama will comprise 56 units in apartment buildings, and they are part of the Verksbyen urban development project. The project and associated land areas are fully owned by the real estate developer Arca Nova Bolig AS.

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Loopkantsestraat, Uden

Loopkanstraat, Uden_1.0

The Dutch demo case is located in Loopkanstraat, Uden, a typical mid-size town in the Netherlands representing a marine climate. It includes the construction of new add-ons to existing buildings and with syn.ikia’s strategy, the neighbourhood will reach the plus energy standards. This can be replicated in similar neighbourhoods in the Netherlands and other comparable…

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Gneis, Salzburg

Gneis District, Salzburg_1.0

New built and renovation of social housing blocks, apartments and kindergarten in an existing neighbourhood representative of the continental climate in Austria.

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Fondo, Santa Coloma de Gramenet

Fondo, Santa Coloma de Gramenet_1.0

The Spanish demo case is a new development in Fondo, a neighbourhood in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a city close to Barcelona representing a typical Mediterranean climate. The development is a typical infill project in a dense urban area,with squares of multi-storey apartment blocks. This context is common in many European cities.

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28 June 2024

syn.ikia Austrian demo wins the State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability 2024

Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler awarded the State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability 2024 to three outstanding projects for their exceptional achievements in the field...

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12 June 2024

New report on the multiple benefits of Sustainable Plus Energy Neighbourhoods

Sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods (SPENs) offer multiple social, economic and environmental benefits, which consistently overlap with the three pillars of sustainability. These benefits extend beyond...

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11 June 2024

Quantifying multiple benefits of sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods for investment and policy decision-making

syn.ikia was present at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) conference on 'Sustainable, safe & secure through demand reduction'. Victoria Taranu, Senior...

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