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Cooperative Living Volkersdorf (KooWo - Volkersdorf) - sufficiency, space and energy efficiency in the quarter

The jointly planned demonstration project "KooWo" in Volkersdorf aims at reaching sufficiency as well as energy and CO2 reductions in a holistic way. System boundaries are shifted in order not to look only at energy consumption in buildings, relating to unit of floor space, but to consider all use of resources and relating it to persons and social communities.

Short Description

Status

ongoing

Summary

Starting point / motivation

A large part of the savings achieved in Austrian buildings through reduction of operation energy and use of efficient building materials are compensated by increasing living space per head, as well as higher mobility and growing consumption of commodities.

The Swiss model of a 2000 Watt society considers these circumstances and relates charac-teristic values in energy and ecology balances to the single person. With an assessment tool for residential areas being developed in the klima:aktiv program, the first steps towards a 2000 Watt society are now taken also in Austria.

Contents and goals

The community planned demonstration project "KooWo" in Volkersdorf aims at reaching suffi-ciency as well as energy and CO2 reductions in a holistic way. System boundaries are shifted in order not to look only at energy consumption in buildings, relating to unit of floor space, but to consider all use of resources and relating it to persons and social communities.

In this way, the creation of collective living spaces allows sharing, and thus reduces the consumption per capita of resources. Instancing the alternative living- and settlement-structures of "KooWo-Volkersdorf" it shall be shown how the targets of the 2000 Watt-community can be transformed to fit rural areas, and how they can be reached by making use of a bundle of comprehensive measures.

Methods

Based on stakeholder analysis, interviews and workshops with participants and experts, targets for personal energy and CO2- reductions are defined. Energetic simulation and Life Cycle Assessments for construction and operation provide the basis for the implementation of the project. Scientific supervision and quality management during the construction phase, as well as energy and ecological monitoring within a period of two years enables optimization and verification of the targets.

Expected results

A successful realisation of the project creates a demonstration site which can serve as archetype for housing in rural areas showing that resource and energy savings are not only possible in an urban context.

During implementation and the following evaluation it will be possible to use the demonstration project to test and enhance assessment methods, like the klima:aktiv tool under development for residential areas.

Moreover, the findings of the research project regarding per head balancing of sustainability factors (instead of relating to floor unit), can serve as important contribution to the Austrian climate and energy strategy.

Project Partners

Project management

Die WoGen – Wohnprojekte-Genossenschaft e. Gen.

Project partners

  • Schwarz Platzer ZT GmbH
  • AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies

Contact Address

Die WoGen – Wohnprojekte-Genossenschaft e. Gen.
Eveline Hendekli
Krakauer Straße 19/18
A-1020 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (664) 415 65 63
E-mail: office@diewogen.at
Web: www.diewogen.at
Web: www.diewogen.at/unsere-projekte/koowo-volkersdorf/

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