Our winter edition 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

Another year is coming to an end, and for many it’s a bittersweet time.
Let us slow down for a moment and take a look at our work in the syn.ikia project, a creative venture that is well into its third year.

We are pleased to present our new urban development project Verksbyen in Fredrikstad, Norway. The project is part of a large development of 1500-2000 new residential buildings, that together will form a lively sustainable plus energy neighbourhood. In the videos below you may hear more about innovative solutions for energy use and generation, conditioned on a new scheme proposed by the Norwegian Energy Regulatory Authority (RME) for energy sharing at neighbourhood level.

In Austria, we are showcasing no less than 3 plus energy neighbourhoods, one of them is the GNICE neighbourhood in Salzburg, consisting of social housing, kindergarten, and other community services. In October, the project received its ‘Klimaaktiv’ certification and received honourably words from the Austrian Climate Protection Minister: ‘Impressive how sustainability and economy can be brought together.’

From our demo neighbourhoods in Spain and the Netherlands, you may hear about interesting innovations and lessons learned directly from the local participants, in the videos below.
How is the ‘social beautiful’  concept in real life? Listen to the thoughts and experiences in the podcast ‘Making a house a home’, a discussion between the developers and the tenants in the neighbourhood in Uden, the Netherlands.

Our newsletter also contains information about upcoming and past events about sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods, as well as some interesting academic publications for those who would like to get into the details.

Wish you an inspiring reading! While embracing the wisdom that experience can instill in us, let’s dream generously of new beginnings.

Merry Xmas, take care!⛄

The syn.ikia Coordinator
Niki Gaitani, NTNU

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