On the 7th-8th of December 2020, the Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) consortium convened for the second virtual Steering Group Meeting of the year, held online in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More
H4.0E - Housing 4.0 Energy
Interreg North West Europe project Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) aims to develop a market for small, affordable near-zero energy homes (NZEHs) by adapting and applying new digital technologies, thus stimulating both consumer and supplier interest. Made up of five partner countries in North West Europe (NWE), the three and a half year H4.0E project will facilitate the uptake of low carbon and digital technologies, products, processes and services in the NWE housing sector to reduce carbon emissions and improve quality of life for homeowners in the region and beyond.
The EU 2030 Framework for climate and energy sets targets for cutting 40% of CO2 emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy to greater than 27% and providing at least 27% energy savings across Europe. The North West Europe (NWE) region is the most industrialised region—as well as the most prolific CO2-emitting region—in Europe. Within this region, the private housing sector alone accounts for nearly one-third of all CO2-emissions, as there is currently no great push within this industry to achieve EU targets. Meanwhile, decreasing household size, changing patterns of regional population density and other social factors have led to a significant decline in demand for large, expensive and energy-inefficient homes; and in turn, this has led to the increased desire for smaller, more affordable energy-efficient high quality living spaces. The main goal of Interreg North West Europe Housing 4.0 Energy, therefore, is to offer people in NWE access to new affordable near-zero energy/low carbon homes (NZEHs) and zero energy/low carbon homes (ZEHs), effectively aiming to reduce home building costs by 25% and carbon emissions by 60%.
Housing 4.0 Energy for a better North West Europe
Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) will develop an affordable ZEH market by adapting and applying new technologies, thus creating both consumer and supplier interest. Made up of five partner countries in North West Europe (NWE), the three-year H4.0E project will facilitate the uptake of low carbon and digital technologies, products, processes and services in the NWE housing sector to reduce carbon emissions and improve quality of life and affordability for residents in the region and beyond.
Digitization (4.0) techniques and the development of a H4.0E digital platform—designed to facilitate the digitalization of building homes and transferability of these techniques—will ignite fundamental changes in design, manufacturing and construction within the housing industry to meet both EU targets and the needs of homeowners in NWE. Using a client-based approach, H4.0E partners will work with local stakeholder groups—especially local authorities, housing associations, architects, self-builders, construction companies and current homeowners—across North West Europe. Starting from the needs, budget and expectations of end users, the project will identify and remove financial, legal and other obstacles related to housing preferences to meet the expectations of investors & diverse groups of small households. The project will be tested and monitored for viability in six pilot sites (in IRL, DE, NL, BE) representing varying levels of industry and carbon emissions, ranging from cities in low carbon regions to rural areas in less carbon conscientious regions. H4.0E is funded by € 2.5 Million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding with a total budget of € 4.2 Million.
Project pilots and outputs will include 48 NZEH/ZEH units in four regions & consumers’ evaluations, and partners are to attend regular seminars and events throughout the programme to monitor project progression and ensure effective collaboration. All NZEH/ZEH units will be constructed within the first 18 months of the project, allowing for extensive monitoring during the following months. Parallel testing in the six pilot sites will allow for transnational comparisons & learning; however, every pilot will maintain a distinct focus. The six H4.0E pilots include:
- Gemeente Almere (Almere, Netherlands): WikiHouses in urban areas, demonstrating digitised (4.0) self-building (WP5)
- Province Flemish Brabant (Flemish Brabant, Belgium): NZEH/ZEH units in rural areas to be let to candidates on the waiting list of the local social letting agency (IP1)
- EIfI-Tech (Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany): Multiple NZEH/ZEH buildings for students (IP2)
- 3CEA (Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford, Ireland): NZEH/ZEH units for low income groups in rural areas & monitoring user behaviour (IP3, 4 & 5)
All pilots feed data into the main output: the H4.0E Energy Building Technology that enables zero energy/emission housing building on a larger scale.
The Housing 4.0 Energy partnership includes eight organisations from five different countries in North West Europe.
Europäisches Institut für Innovation - Technologie e. V.
3 Counties Energy Agency
1 College Road Burrell Hall St. Kierans College,
South West College
11-13 Burn Road
Open Systems Lab
14 c Compass Point Business Park, Stocks Bridge Way
PE27 5 JL
|Europäisches Institut für Innovation - Technologie e. V.||Chris Asheemail@example.com||Germany|
|Gemeente Almere||Tineke Lupifirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|TU Delft||Marja Elsinga||M.G.Elsinga@ tudelft.nl||Netherlands|
|3 Counties Energy Agency||Alexandra Hamiltonemail@example.com||Ireland|
|South West College||Barry Mc Carron||Barry.McCarron@swc.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Open Systems Lab||Helen Lawrencefirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Kamp C||Sofie Torfsemail@example.com||Belgium|
The fourth Housing 4.0 Energy biannual newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2020 is now available for download. Read More
The construction of the phase 1 WikiHouses at the pilot site in Almere, NL is progressing steadily as the WikiHouse elements are transported to the on-site warehouse one house at the time. Read More
On Wednesday, the 23rd of September, the Province of Flemish Brabant, together with two local social housing agencies (WPZ and SWaL), presented three new small-scale, low carbon and portable housing units as a part of the Belgian H4.0E pilot. Read More
On the 2nd of September, nearly 40 people joined the online meeting for the Dutch H4.0E pilot, WikiHouse De Stripmaker. Tineke Lupi, Programme Manager of Het Woningbouwatelier, opened the event by welcoming everyone present. Read More
Self-builder Linda shows us around her plot and explains what room will be built where in her future tiny home of Dutch H4.0E pilot, WikiHouse Kavel Linda. Read More
Self-builder Linda is looking back upon the pile-driving of one Dutch H4.0E pilot site, Heien. Take less than one minute to check out her progress in this brief video. Read More
Watch this 1-minute video (in Dutch) to learn about progress in Dutch H4.0E pilot Toosten. Read More
In this short video, one of the self-builders, Sebastiaan, gives a tour of the building site of the H4.0E WikiHouse Rondleiding pilot in the Netherlands. Read More
The future residents of WikiHouse De Stripmaker in the Netherlands gathered at the building location to celebrate the start of the building process for their small, affordable low carbon homes. Read More
Next week marks the next H4.0E Steering Group Meeting, to be held online in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The international consortium will convene to discuss project management, pilot updates, the H4.0E Ambassadors programme, project communication, and more.
On Wednesday, the 23rd of September, the Province of Flemish Brabant, together with two social housing agencies, will present three new small-scale and movable housing units.
Irish partner, 3CEA, will host a Housing 4.0 Energy (Online) Supply Chain Workshop tailored for suppliers, manufacturers, construction and engineering companies, architects, designers, and other industry experts.
This May, the international H4.0E consortium will (virtually) convene for an online Steering Group Meeting.
Housing 4.0 Energy will be present at the ''Woonforum'', the biennial study day for everyone who is professionally involved in social living in Flanders. The event is organised by the Flemish Agency for Social Living (Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Sociaal Wonen).
The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme will host its first ever impact event on the 4th and 5th of December 2019 in Tourcoing, France (Lille agglomeration, Hauts-de-France). Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) will be present to communicate the project's impact in carbon emissions reduction in the housing industry thus far.
The international H4.0E partnership will reconvene in Delft, Netherlands this July for a Housing 4.0 Energy Steering Group meeting, hosted by partner TU Delft. All partners will discuss what is going on generally in the project and focus on the deliverables of the coming period.
On the 16th of May, a H4.0E focus group meeting will be held in Almere. The aim of this focus group is to identify and analyse institutional, legal, financial and technical obstacles and barriers that might get in the way of the project’s successful implementation.
H4.0E lead partner Flemish Brabant will convene Flemish Stakeholders to discuss bottlenecks and opportunities in policy and regulations this April in Leuven.
The H4.0E partners will meet in Almere, 4-5 March, for a Housing 4.0 Energy Steering Group meeting. The focus of this will be on the second Regional Stakeholder group and implementations of the solutions/recommendations of the RSGs.
As a part of the H4.0E project, six affordable small-scale houses with a low CO2 footprint will be built. The location for the Flemish pilot-houses is a former private camping site and area for weekend stays in the rural municipality of Huldenberg in the Province of Flemish-Brabant, with a large percentage of the inhabitants staying permanently in their chalet or caravan. Read More