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Amar Bennadji

Richard Laing

Project Description

The Stronghouse project focuses on community approaches to retrofitting houses for energy efficiency. Current practices to improve home energy efficiency are not sufficiently developed to meet CO2 emission reduction targets. This is largely because the onus is on individual homeowners and existing support measures for this activity are limited because they are fractured in their approach and application.

Stronghouse will adjust and redesign these measures based on a better understanding of the drivers that motivate homeowners to invest and reduce the environmental footprint of their homes, both individually and at community and neighbourhood levels. Together, these redesigned measures will support homeowners on their journey from initial interest, through planning, financing and subsequent contracting of energy renovation services.

This innovative focus on homeowner concerns reduces the footprint of 15,000 homes, generates 100-million-euro investment and 50 kiloton CO2 reductions. Stronghouse will initially analyse the impact of existing interventions, and then share, (re-)organise and enhance them with complementary tools; thereby improving and increasing their impact.

RGU is a partner in this project which is funded by the Interreg North Sea Region programme and led by the Municipality of Groningen. Partners are based in Orkney (Scotland); Oostende & Roeselare (Belgium); Drenthe & Noordenveld (Netherlands); Fredensborg & Albertslund (Denmark); Gotesborgs & Vaxjo (Sweden); Vechta & Bremerhaven (Germany).

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Interreg IVB North Sea Region
Value £125,883.00
Project Dates Jan 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2023

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