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The transition towards a more energy efficient housing future

Posted September 30, 2020


In the coming decades pressure will further mount on housing companies to increase energy efficiency and to diminish carbon emissions. Estimations have shown that the residential housing sector contributes around 35% of all carbon emissions in Europe. With ambitious goals (at both national as international levels) to diminish carbon emissions by 55% in 2030 it is time to act. In order to reach the set goals housing companies will have to accelerate their transition programme. The INTERREG2SEAS programme offered a consortium of 10 organisations from 4 different countries (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom) the opportunity to scale up new heating strategies and to promote the use of efficient heating technologies.

Places for People introduced a project in Norwich where battery technology for heating will be used in a context that could be widely replicable in other residential estates. The project is not only about the technological solution but also about the process and involvement of all relevant stakeholders with a lot of attention for co-creation. The comprehensive study that is being executed in the SHIFFT project will allow to present the results in an orderly way that can be broken down per activity.

The results of this project, that will be finalized in 2022, will be widely shared in the wider Norwich community and the aim is to motivate other housing companies to learn from our project and to accelerate the energy transition of their respective stock.