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E_PROFIL - neighborhood profiles for optimized energy transformation processes

E_PROFIL is a set of methods (an IT-supported toolkit) for the elaboration of neighbourhood profiles. The aim of the project is to facilitate an energy and resource efficient development in the planning practice of Austrian cities. Furthermore, the project is an important asset for research and planning activities in Europe and can also be applied to other neighbourhoods.

Short Description




Starting point / motivation

The aim of reaching climate targets (both in Austria and in the EU) makes it necessary to consider both measures towards a reduction of energy demand and a restructuring of energy supply towards renewable energy sources. Apart from the reduction of GHG emissions it is fundamental to establish a resilient energy supply system, which entails securing supply, utilizing potentials of small-scale independent energy sources and user participation.

So far, these goals have mostly been addressed by central public administration through approaches focusing on thermal insulation of single buildings, the expansion of district heating, as well as specific technologies (focused on harvesting renewable energy sources).

Despite large improvements in construction engineering (especially regarding the construction of new buildings and insulation) as well as the implementation of district heating networks, certain deficits remain: Measures which are primarily focused on the building level do not necessarily provide the highest efficiency regarding overall goals, nor do they automatically ensure the necessary level of energy supply security.

Regarding district heating, an increasing risk of inadequate network capacities is possible: In the case of growing communities capacities might be too low, whereas in other cases they might be too high and even uneconomical (for example due to decreasing energy demand because of insulation efforts or increasing competition with renewables such as solar power and geothermal energy).

Contents and goals

Against this background of very diverse individual potentials, chances and barriers regarding a neighbourhood's transformation towards building a resilient energy system we aim to:

  • Conceptualize an orientation framework which includes criteria for an integrative and effective regulation of the energy technical transformation process in neighbourhoods
  • Elaborate an integrated planning approach based on analysis and modelling of concrete and desired neighbourhood profiles - neighbourhood-specific transformation processes for a resilient energy supply


  • Orientation framework including criteria for an integrative and effective steering of energy transformation processes in neighborhoods
    The basis for this framework includes an assessment of building-specific needs (potential for savings and changing to solar energy - effectiveness analysis), the collection of relevant user structures, socioeconomic and legal requirements and network specifics. Potentials, opportunities and barriers are identified in order to highlight the requirements for successful and resilient developments at a small spatial scale, according to specific criteria and suitable measures.
  • Neighborhood-specific transformation processes for a resilient energy supply
    Neighborhood profiles of selected urban districts are the starting point for resilient energy transformation processes (understood as the transition towards renewable or more efficient energy supply and management systems). In order to gain insights into local conditions for these transformations a process-oriented approach based on IT-supported analyses and models as well as the participation of local stakeholders is applied (feasibility analysis). Two neighborhoods in the Austrian city of Linz are chosen as case studies to illustrate the conceptualization of such a process-oriented approach. In addition, transformation paths (roadmaps) for optimizing the transformation of energy supply at a neighborhood level.

Expected results

Our aim is the production of the following results:

  • A concept including criteria for an integrative and effective steering of the energy (technical) transformation process in urban agglomeration
  • A process-oriented steering approach for energy transformations at the neighborhood level, including a catalogue of measures
  • Further advancement of the SEMERGY tool, including the identification of well-founded requirement values at a neighborhood level

Project Partners

Project management

Fachbereich Stadt- und Regionalforschung, Department für Raumplanung, Technische Universität Wien

Project- or cooperation partners

  • Forschungsinstitut für Urban Management and Governance, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
  • Abteilung Bauphysik und Bauökologie, Technische Universität Wien
  • Ars Electronica Futurelab, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
  • Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt Linz, Direktion Stadtentwicklung
  • Linz AG für Energie, Telekommunikation, Verkehr und kommunale Dienste
  • mecca consulting - Ingenieurbüro für Raum- und Landschaftsplanung

Contact Address

Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr. Rudolf Giffinger
Fachbereich Stadt- und Regionalforschung, Department für Raumplanung, Technische Universität Wien
Operngasse 11
A-1040 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 58801 280233

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