TripleA-reno Toolbox session: A lively exchange on what makes deep renovation Attractive – Acceptable – Affordable

Oct 26 2020 | Written by G. Oddo |

TripleA-reno was featured as one of several tools for local governments, at the Mannheim2020 Online Conference, on October 2.

What means can be used to scale up the renovation of building stock in cities, to ultimately achieve ambitious climate, energy and public health goals? The work of the TripleA-reno innovative gamified platform was introduced by project coordinator Dr. Simona d’Oca, who described how TripleA-reno drives building renovations by better responding to user requirements and removing market barriers.

By means of a live demonstration by Ana Sanchis Huertas from the IVE, participants got a behind the scenes look at the design and architecture of the platform, as well as a run-through of the front-end application, which help users assess the impacts of renovation activities on energy consumption, indoor environmental quality as well as health and well-being.

In a lively panel discussion, Henk Kok from Eindhoven (Netherlands), Alejandro Gomes Gil from Valencia (Spain), Matej Drobež from Zagorje (Slovenia) and Hanna Szemző from the think-tank Metropolitan Research Institute (Hungary) shared their insights on deep renovation. Discussions centered on the affordability and attractiveness of energy efficient renovations and the importance of raising awareness for – and increasing access to – renovation initiatives and programs.

Henk Kok urged local governments to take on a much larger responsibility to lower and remove barriers that hinder the necessary renovation transition, and to become active facilitators of the circumstances that bring the demand and supply side of renovation together. Alejandro Gomez Gil emphasized that most Valencians are not even thinking about renovating due to lack of trust, financial considerations, or other, and therefore awareness-raising is critical to share success stories and make people understand the needs and the benefits. Matej Drobež shared that in Zagorje, the trigger for the municipality to invest and support its citizens with renovation has been the serious air quality concerns, driving many initiatives under the umbrella “Going from Black to Green” due to the coal mining history of the region. Hanna Szemző emphasised the need of a “local hero” or principle change agent – that could be a local government or NGO – that kicks-off initiatives, engages stakeholders and maintains the momentum of renovation initiatives.

Participants expressed interest in the platform, inquiring about access, language, the involvement of local governments, and the financing side of renovation projects. All in all, it was an interesting and interactive session, and for those who missed it or would like to see it again, the session will be available online soon on the TripleA-reno YouTube channel.

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