This June, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) conducted a focus group meeting to assess the institutional, financial, legal and technical barriers to upscaling the H4.0E model across public and private markets in Ireland. 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 Ashefirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Gemeente Almere||Tineke Lupiemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|TU Delft||Marja Elsinga||M.G.Elsinga@ tudelft.nl||Netherlands|
|3 Counties Energy Agency||Alexandra Hamiltonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ireland|
|South West College||Barry Mc Carron||Barry.McCarron@swc.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Open Systems Lab||Helen Lawrenceemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Kamp C||Sofie Torfsfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
Last week, H4.0E representatives from 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) attended the ‘’Achieving NZEB and Beyond Conference’’, a one-day event that aims to make it easy for the building industry to understand how to achieve and exceed nearly zero energy building (NZEB) standards. The event was organised by Passive Sills, the local Irish manufacturer of thermally efficient sills and mouldings. Read More
Shane Faulkner of 3CEA visited HONE HQ in Mayo, Ireland for first-hand experience of their products and systems. 3CEA assessed HONE's technologies to see whether they could be a good fit for the pilot technology trialled and implemented within the Housing 4.0 Energy project. Read More
The very first biannual Housing 4.0 Energy Newsletter 2019 is out now! Catch up on all things H4.0E since the start of the project by downloading our newsletter. Read More
Alastair Parvin of Open Systems Lab (OSL) provides insight into why the H4.0E digital platform, developed within the three and a half year project, is important and how it will help reduce building costs by 25% and carbon emissions by 60%. Read More
3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) and pilot partner Wexford County Council visited The Timber Frame Company (TTFC), a local off-site manufacturing plant that designs, develops and delivesr high-quality timber frame homes to Ireland and UK. Read More
Lead partner Flemish Brabant convened Flemish Stakeholders to discuss bottlenecks and opportunities in policy and regulations. Read More
This week, H4.0E partner 3CEA represented the Housing 4.0 Energy project at the Carlow Sustainability Fair in Ireland, which provided a unique opportunity to meet with the country’s leading sustainability practitioners, organisations and environmental scientists, to share ideas and to learn from each other. Read More
The H4.0E partners convened in Almere, Netherlands on the 4th-5th of March 2019 for the third international Housing 4.0 Energy Steering Group meeting. Read More
"BAMB Industry Day – Buildings As Material Banks – a pathway for a Circular Future" was organised in Brussels together with a site visit of the BAMB pilot project, ''Circular Retrofit Lab''. Read More