As the world debates actions to combat climate change, the success of reducing greenhouse gas emissions relies largely on the transition to a low carbon and energy-efficient built environment. Increasing population and economic growth also reveals a greater need for buildings. The challenge is how we boost access to affordable housing while at the same time reducing emissions.

The energy and building sector has an important role to play in progressing towards a zero emission society. Buildings represent 30% of global final energy consumption and 28% of energy-related GHG emissions worldwide (IEA, 2019).

The syn.ikia innovation project within the EU Horizon 2020 framework involves 13 partners from six countries and aims to enable the development of sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods in different climates, contexts and markets in Europe.

Over the course of the project, four real-life plus-energy demo neighbourhood projects tailored to four different climatic zones will be developed, analysed, optimized and monitored, demonstrating the functionality of the plus-energy neighbourhood concept for the rest of Europe.

Our mission is to increase the proportion of sustainable neighbourhoods  with surplus renewable energy in different contexts,  climates and markets in Europe. The project aims at achieving:

  • more than 100% energy savings
  • 90% renewable energy generation triggered
  • 100% GHG emission reduction
  • 10% life cycle costs reduction

compared to the 2020 nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB).

New designs and the efficient operation of sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods will be achieved through integrated energy design, energy- and cost-efficiency measures, local renewables, local storage, energy flexibility, and energy sharing and trading. The project will encourage community engagement and will empower user’s control facilitated by digital platforms and driven by high architectural & spatial qualities, housing affordability, improved quality of life, and environmental consciousness to inform and enable behavioural change.

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