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SC_micro-quarters – Planning and modernisation of smart city quarters with a view to energy optimisation and a high quality of life

The SC_micro-quarters project demonstrates possibilities for urban planning and urban quarter development with a view to creating a path to a low carbon city with a high quality of life and good resilience, while taking into account existing and proposed buildings, infrastructures and uses. The central element is the modelling of urban structures at micro-quarter level.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

The key challenge in sustainable urban and urban quarter development and the transition to a low carbon society is the sensible integration of existing buildings, infrastructures and their different uses - because these existing urban quarters have reached, in the course of their development, a high level of complexity (varying types of ownership with different interests, different uses, a multitude of construction methods and different dates of construction etc.), which makes it difficult to perform a clear assessment of energy saving potentials.

Contents and goals

The SC_micro-quarters project demonstrates possibilities for urban planning and urban quarter development with a view to creating a path to a low carbon city with a high quality of life and good resilience, while taking into account existing and proposed buildings, infrastructures and uses. The project focuses particularly on the integration of existing knowledge gained from R&D projects and existing studies and research results. The project goals are to be clearly communicated so that as many stakeholders as possible (residents, property owners, entrepreneurs etc.) will be able to recognise the specific benefits to themselves, which will motivate them to take the initiative and actively participate in urban quarter development.

Methods

The central element is the modelling of urban structures at micro-quarter level which will serve to:

  • formulate and display high resolution models of quarters that are fit for the future,
  • develop realistic quarter-specific assessment criteria/indicators for densification and high quality energy solutions which take account of building performance indicators and SC indicators that are related to sustainable development and
  • examine the practicability of high quality planning solutions based on real micro-quarters.

The overarching aim is to develop innovative technologies, to identify synergies between technologies and to find solutions, while adapting the propositions made to the conditions of the project area, identifying implementation potentials and barriers and communicating the project results to the target group (i.e. the users of a planning approach in urban and urban quarter development) in the best possible way.

Expected results

Key results will include

  • Smart City indicators for micro-quarters and urban quarters, including references to the detailed level (buildings, specific technologies, public spaces incl. mobility),
  • models and guidelines for energy optimised urban quarters with regard to densification, energy efficiency, renewable energy and renewable energy storage, energy grids and the quality of public spaces and mobility schemes, and
  • a compact representation of the results at micro-quarter level for urban planning, residents, policy makers, project development etc.

The project places particular emphasis on the dissemination of knowledge and the integration of stakeholder views. For this purpose, a structured blog with information on the results in the model quarters will be available and a training programme for the development of energy-efficient urban quarters will be prepared.

 

Project Partners

Project management

IBO - Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • Umweltbundesamt GmbH
  • Energy Economics Group - TU Wien
  • Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig ZT GmbH
  • UAS Technikum Wien, Department of Renewable Energy

Contact Address

IBO - Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH
Mag. Hildegund Mötzl
Alserbachstraße 5/8
A-1090 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 319 2005
Fax: +43 (1) 319 2005-50
E-mail: ibo@ibo.at
Web: www.ibo.at

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