In order to achieve the long term goals of the H4.0E project, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) in Ireland have begun the process of reaching out to industry leaders, policy drivers, and relevant stakeholders of the H4.0E project to join as H4.0E Ambassadors. To launch this effort, 3CEA hosted an Ambassador Workshop earlier this April. 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|
As part of the BDP Architect’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Seminars, our Irish partners presented a digitised solution to low carbon modular homes for the Irish housing crisis and their delivery through Interreg Housing 4.0 Energy. Read More
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As part of the Sustainability Grand Tour series, the ‘’Design for Manufacture & Assembly’’ webinar examined a digitised solution to low carbon modular homes for the Irish housing crisis and their delivery through the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Housing 4.0 Energy project. Read More
Architect Lode Goethals explains the design of the six small-scale houses as part of the Flemish pilot for the Interreg North-West Europe Housing 4.0 Energy project. Read More
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
The fourth Housing 4.0 Energy biannual newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2020 is now available for download. Read More
The Irish H4.0E pilot, overseen by 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), will be located in South East of Ireland (Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford), with each region committing to the delivery of four zero en-ergy homes (ZEHs) each. 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
The presentation deals with the environmental benefits, and technical merits of using GGBS as a replacement for Ordinary Portland Cement at levels of 70%. It also details how this product behaves and along with the usages and the industry overview. 3cea will be joining to discuss the H4.0E project.
Ralf Kampe and Alexandra Hamilton of 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) will present the aims of H4.0E, and the methodology by which the partnership hopes to achieve them, to BDP Architects.
Woonforum is the biannual study day for everyone who is professionally involved in social living in Flanders. The day is organised by the Flemish Agency for Social Living (Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Sociaal Wonen), the government agency responsible for social housing in Flanders.
The Sustainability Grand Tour: Design for Manufacture & Assembly - a digitised solution to low carbon modular homes, Online event - Zoom, Carlow, Ireland
As part of the Sustainability Grand Tour series, this webinar will examine a digitised solution to low carbon modular homes for the Irish housing crisis and their delivery through Interreg Housing 4.0 Energy.
3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), the Irish Housing 4.0 Energy project partner, will represent the project in the delivery of the webinar. 3CEA is a non-profit, independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.
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.
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