Positive Energy Blocks (PEB) are high on the agenda in the European Commission’s current cities related work programmes and activities.
The Commission is funding several large scale SCC1 Pilot Projects and they all pledge to develop solutions for Positive Energy Blocks (size: roughly 20.000 – 40.000 m2 floor space) or even Positive Energy Districts (Size: up to city district/quarter). However, these projects will deliver results only in 3-5 years.
The goal of the study is to select and analyses five existing Positive Energy Blocks in the world which stand out in terms of innovation and performance and describe them in detail.
The study is encouraged to go beyond only five examples, in particular taking care to not overlook any best cases from the EU. However the assessment for the best case examples should be comprehensive for improving future projects and therefore not limited to the EU.The study shall use (where possible) KPIs from / or compatible with the SCIS KPI guide (see references).
The study should then make a judgement as to whether if the applied solutions are easily transferred to the surrounding environment or even beyond that; regionally, nationally and internationally.
In conclusion, the study will outline open challenges, unique selling points and ask the question: “If you could start over, what would you do differently?”. This will make the five cases come to life through anecdotal examples, show how challenges were mastered and which, possibly unforeseen, problems hindered the development most.
Recommendations of project criteria for next generation of positive energy blocks for transnational projects.
Read more: Best existing positive energy blocks
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