The first step towards a Sustainability Masterplan is constructing a clear picture of the current situation at a local and global level: How energy efficient are my properties? Are they on track to meet sustainability standards? How will energy efficiency standards affect the value of my properties? How is my city evolving? What are the local and global trends in legislation? How much effort should we invest into sustainability? Then, you must align the answers to these questions with your long and short term objectives; this can be done through a Sustainability Masterplan.
Mapping your current place in the sustainability landscape is essential in defining your path to achieving your objectives for futureproofed buildings and cities
Building a Sustainability map
Defining the current sustainability situation and potential of a portfolio is necessary to reach a shared understanding between asset, sustainability and finance managers, and external stakeholders, so that the necessary renovations can be costed and accomplished effectively and efficiently. With this common understanding, we’re able to construct a vision for your portfolio and how they can be modernised to meet future sustainability needs.
We work with you and your teams to collect all of the relevant data that is needed to explore your sustainability potential and build a big picture of where your property portfolio is situated in the sustainability landscape. With this common understanding, we’re able to construct a vision for your properties and how they can be renovated to meet future sustainability needs.
Making sense of a sustainability map
After having successfully placed yourself on the sustainability map, you can begin planning how to futureproof your portfolio, through renovations and investments. What are your options and how can they affect your stock? The next step is to analyse your data to quantify the impacts of potential futureproofing scenarios.
If you already have an idea of where you sit in the Sustainability Map, you now need an Investment Plan. Follow the next step to see how this can be achieved using SCENARIO, a data-based solution for investment planning.
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With €3M support from the European Investment Bank, Rotterdam will set up a programme that will provide intensive, tailored support for such associations. Where the municipality’s team will develop a general communication programme, an independent centre of expertise will make general information on the benefits of renovation via pop-up stores widely available. Furthermore, a group of external advisors will be recruited to engage with associations of owners to provide tailored advice on technical, financial and legal matters.
With a €800,000 grant from the Council of Europe Development Banks’s ELENA instrument, the City of Rotterdam will start collaborations to improve energy labels to C or B for almost 200,000 dwellings. Four of the city’s largest social house providers set out to jointly develop the knowledge and expertise to renovate its ageing building stock. This includes for updating knowledge on the potential of specific heating and lighting technologies, the development of standard renovation packages for common building types, and long-term planning of investments. Over the course of the 4-year programme, 900 dwellings will be renovated.
With a grant of €900,000, the ambitious housing provider of the city of Alingsas, Sweden aims to renovate all its dwellings to near-zero energy standards. As a test case, buildings from the ´million home programme´ period will be renovated. The Council of Europe Development support the programme with technical assistance to develop the most effective renovation options.
UK affordable housing provider, Places for People secured €900,000 in grants from the Europe Commission to demonstrate a state-of-the-art solution to replace old and inefficient, all-electric heated properties, in Padiham. Some ideas to accomplish this are: introduction of common electrical purchasing program for all PFP homes, installation of solar photovoltaic electricity supply, electric only homes, and installation of POD solar thermal and heat storage. By increasing the standard of energy services to their residents through increased comfort and reduced costs, the aim is to reduce resident turnover in this common dwelling type.
Viale Francia, a 102 dwelling building, located within 2 towers of a 6 tower complex at the outer edge of Treviso, has secured almost €1m from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to minimize power consumption by optimising the passive systems and minimising the active ones; geothermal optimal solutions to reduce the demand for electricity; electricity production from renewable sources (photo-voltaic). The project also plans for the future management through an Energy Performance Contract, to be implemented by a local ESCO contractor to support the replacement of the thermal boilers with heat pumps and underground heat storage, and installation of roof mounted solar thermal system and storage.