The City of Bologna has been an active member of TripleA-reno project partner ICLEI Europe since 1992. Two multi-family buildings in the city, owned by a social housing company, will now serve as one of the demonstration cases of the project. They will be renovated not only to improve their energy efficiency, but also health, indoor environmental quality, and user satisfaction. Most of all, the renovation will take place involving the people actually living there and using the TripleA-reno approach – with the overall goal to make deep renovation Attractive, Acceptable and Affordable.
Statistically, 40% of energy consumption and 36% of emissions come from buildings. But even though this turned energy efficiency into one of the EU’s top priorities and buildings are key to achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050, it is not always easy to encourage deep renovation.
Cities, in order to align with global and national climate and energy targets, are mainly focused on public buildings. However, besides contributing to sustainability goals, the renovation of buildings means a reduction of energy supply, possibly swapping to renewable energy, and reduced energy bills. At the same time, it provides a number of societal benefits, including better health and life quality, local job creation, enhanced economic activity, higher the value of the real estate and improved attractiveness of a city.
For these reasons, cities are amongst the key players that can help overcome a number of market barriers as well as the reluctance of private building owners to renovate. Local authorities and their citizens will be able to benefit from TripleA-reno. The project will provide support to customers and end-users in the process of building renovation, starting from the design to the construction and usage phase. The gamified online platform, currently under development, will be simultaneously tested through eight demonstration cases in different European cities. In each of them, the work focuses on different building categories both in terms of ownership and management models.
Three of the project’s demo-cases are based in Italy. They represent different locations and at the same time varying scenarios of Italian social housing. One of them is the old-standing member of project partner ICLEI Europe, Bologna. There, two multi-family buildings located Piazza da Verrazzano received funding from the Emilia Romagna Region to carry out a renovation.
To this end, project partners will establish a dialogue among all actors of the renovation process, provide targeted information and research. They will also develop an inventory of user groups based on a questionnaire and interviews with the inhabitants. Sensory ethnography will be used to determine the relationship between energy use, indoor environmental quality and users’ willingness to pay for it. The research results will represent the basis for drafting recommendations to support the development of the Open Gamified Platform and related business models.
To share the story of the benefits of the TripleA-reno gamified online platform, ICLEI will organise workshops for city representatives. They could adopt this platform to serve as a reliable source of information for consumers being lost in the multitude of fragmented information available on the deep renovation, outlining steps and stakeholders that need to be taken into account during the process. The platform will serve as a one-stop-shop or helpdesk for building renovation, providing the full customer journey, with a view to improving energy efficiency and ultimately the quality of life.