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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.Ou 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
  • Gneis District, Salzburg
  • Fondo, Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Ammerud, Oslo

Verksbyen, Fredrikstad

Verket Atrium and Panormana are part of Verksbyen, a new urban development project that will comprise 56 units in apartment buildings. The project and associated land areas are fully owned by the real estate developer Arca Nova Bolig AS. The demo project, also called Vaxpian, is part of a wider neighbourhood regeneration scheme of about…

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Loopkantsestraat, Uden

Loopkanstraat, Uden

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

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

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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22 August 2023

Workshop | Exploring Green Finance Strategies for Positive Energy Neighbourhoods

Leading experts and stakeholders in the sustainable construction and finance sectors are set to convene for an insightful workshop titled “Green Finance for Positive Energy Neighbourhoods”...

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11 July 2023

Our newsletter summer edition 2023

We are now in the fourth year of the project which marks the demonstration and documentation of scalable solutions for Sustainable Plus Energy Neighbourhoods (SPENs)...

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19 June 2023

Key takeaways from workshop on resident engagement practices during the ISHF 2023

Involving residents in energy efficient social housing projects can be challenging. Lack of motivation, a general distrust towards institutions and miscommunication are issues that may...

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