Another field trip undertaken was to the established district of Tammela, where major energy efficient residential renovations have recently been undertaken as part of the Horizon 2020 project “EU-GUGLE: Sustainable Renovation Models for Smarter Cities”. The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020. The Tammela boasts illustrative examples of how this can be made possible.
During the meeting AREA 21 partners also visited the planned Energy Improvement District (EID) Härmälä. The pilot area is situated three kilometers south of Tampere’s city center and can be considered a “miniature version” of the whole city of Tampere with regard to ownership structures and the share of different functions. It comprises areas with newly constructed and older multi-family blocks, areas with older detached houses as well as industrial uses. Each part of the district is characterized by specific functions and needs when it comes to energy efficiency planning. In AREA 21, collaboration between local energy suppliers, property owners and tenants will take place with the aim to make improvements to energy planning at a district level. This effort will be complemented by the development and piloting of a digital tool that visualizes energy consumption of student apartments.
The Tampere meeting inspired further exchanges on the development of strategy ideas between AREA 21 partners. Despite the minus cool temperatures experienced over the meeting days, good conversations about inspiring topics kept the partners in good spirits, and eagerly looking forward to the next meeting later in the year in the German City of Hamburg.