dijous, 11 d’octubre de 2018

THE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR STARTS ITS EXPERIMENT WITH THE FIRST FAMILIES IN SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS

The first 7 families of Sant Cugat del Vallès visited our LOW3 Living Lab for starting with us the SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR experience!

In this international 3-year project, families will design their personal pathways for reducing the environmental impact of their daily life!

The project will mobilize more than 70 000 private households in seven countries (Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Mexico, India) to analyse their material and carbon footprints, and to plan and implement footprint reductions by behavioural change. The project develops also the tools for further up-scaling the approach.

The families in Sant Cugat commented at their arrival to be very concerned about this issue and that they have the will to improve in their environmental performance, but that in the everyday life of a family it is not easy to change habits of consumption, mobility or food for many reasons. Also a feeling of responsibility for the future of their children and future generations in general have brought them to fill in the online application of our project.

After getting known to each other and enjoying an ecological welcome snack accompanied by an explanation about the concept of the LOW3 Solar house and its contribution to the discussion on sustainable architecture and lifestyle, families got introduced into the detailed schedule and methodology of the project, consistent in the analysis of families current environmental impact, a road mapping session, defining their personal goal for reduction, and an experimental phase of 1 month for implementing changes as well as testing products and services.

Families will start analysing in the upcoming weeks their personal situation in five main areas: housing and energy consumption, daily mobility, food habits, leisure activities and vacations and finally consumption of goods – clothes, electronics, furniture etc.

After that the leading partner of the project, the Wuppertal Institute in Germany, will calculate their material and carbon footprint.
Based on their results, improvements will be decided and tested with the support of researchers and the collaboration of public and private entities. The Municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès supports this project and will assist in its development during the next months.
Architect and researcher Torsten Masseck, UPC research coordinator of this project, states that “based on experiences in Germany and Finland, families have a potential for the reduction of their environmental footprint of 20 to 30% only through behavioural change. We want to explore that potential with our pilot families in Sant Cugat del Vallès, sharing and analysing the experience with our international partners in 7 countries in order to create an online platform for accelerating change towards sustainable lifestyles, reaching the ambitious goal of up to 70.000 households in 2020”.

To guide and support such a transition, the ACCELERATOR will provide online and offline tools (and their combination) for footprint calculation, individual roadmapping and experimenting, and sharing experiences among participants for up-scaling.

Soon a specific call for participation will be sends out to public and private entities for supporting this project, collaborating with specific product or service offers to the pilot families, and forming part of the SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR network.

Contacte: torsten.masseck@upc.edu




Català:

EL “SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR” COMENÇA ELS SEU EXPERIMENT AMB LES PRIMERES FAMÍLIES A SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS



Les primeres 7 famílies de Sant Cugat del Vallès ens van visitar al Living Lab LOW3 per començar amb nosaltres l'experiència SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR !



Durant aquest projecte internacional de 3 anys, diverses famílies dissenyaran el seu camí personal per reduir l’ impacte ambiental de la seva vida quotidiana.



El projecte mobilitzarà més de 70 000 llars en set països (Alemanya, Finlàndia, Suïssa, Dinamarca, Espanya, Mèxic, Índia) per analitzar les seves empremtes de material i de carboni, i planificar i implementar accions per reduir la seva petjada mitjançant canvis de comportament. El projecte també desenvolupa les eines per ampliar l’abast del projecte.



Les famílies de Sant Cugat ens van traslladar en la reunió la seva preocupació per aquest tema i la seva voluntat de millorar el seu comportament ambiental, però comentaven que en la vida quotidiana d'una família no sembla fàcil canviar els hàbits de consum, mobilitat o menjar per moltes raons. També compartien un sentiment de responsabilitat pel futur dels seus fills i les generacions futures en general. Tot plegat els ha portat a omplir la sol·licitud en línia del nostre projecte.



Després de conèixer-se entre ells i amb nosaltres, i gaudir d'un berenar ecològic acompanyat d'una explicació sobre el concepte de la casa solar LOW3 i la seva contribució al debat sobre arquitectura i estil de vida sostenibles, les famílies van rebre l’explicació del calendari detallat i la metodologia del projecte, consistent en l'anàlisi l'impacte ambiental actual de cada família, una sessió creació del full de ruta per a definir el seu objectiu personal de reducció, i una fase experimental d'1 mes per implementar els canvis proposats i fer servir nous productes i serveis.


Les famílies començaran per analitzar la seva situació personal durant les següents setmanes, i es centraran en cinc àrees principals: habitatge i consum energètic, mobilitat diària, hàbits alimentaris, activitats d'oci i vacances i finalment consum de béns - roba, electrònica, mobles, etc.

Després d’aquest anàlisi, el soci líder del projecte, l'Institut Wuppertal d'Alemanya, avaluarà els resultats i calcularà la seva petjada de carboni i material.


Basant-se en els seus resultats, es proposaran les millores a aplicar que es duran a terme amb el suport dels investigadors i la col·laboració d'entitats públiques i privades. El municipi de Sant Cugat del Vallès dóna suport a aquest projecte i ajudarà en el seu desenvolupament durant els propers mesos.



L’ arquitecte i investigador Torsten Masseck, coordinador de recerca de la UPC d'aquest projecte, afirma que "a partir de les experiències a Alemanya i Finlàndia, es pot afirmar que les famílies tenen potencial d’entre un 20 i un 30% de reduir la seva petjada ambiental mitjançant només canvis de comportament. Volem explorar aquest potencial amb les nostres famílies pilot a Sant Cugat del Vallès, i analitzar i compartir l'experiència amb els nostres socis internacionals de 7 països per, posteriorment, crear una plataforma en línia i accedir a 70.000 llars el 2020, objectiu ambiciós per accelerar de manera real la transició cap a estils de vida més sostenibles".


Per tal de guiar i recolzar aquesta transició, l’ ACCELERADOR proporcionarà eines en línia i fora de línia (i la combinació de totes dues) per al càlcul de la petjada, l’elaboració de fulls de ruta individuals, i l’experimentació i l’ intercanvi d’experiències entre els participants per a la seva ampliació.


Aviat es enviarà una crida a la participació a entitats publiques i privades per recolzar el projecte, col·laborar amb productes i serveis per les famílies piloto i formar part de la xarxa del SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ACCELERATOR.




 

dissabte, 22 de setembre de 2018

INNOENERGY MSc RENE INNOVATION SEMINARS 2018 – SHORT DOCUMENTARY


We just finished our short documentary about this year’s InnoEnergy MSc Renewable Energies Innovation Seminar at the LOW3 Living Lab.
46 students from 8 countries assisted to this year’s edition of the Seminar and enjoyed two full days of prototype exploration, technology analysis and forecasting, energy transition planning, and sustainable lifestyle options. Methodologies like Roadmapping, Complexity Maps and Story Telling have been applied in order to facilitate to the assisting young renewable energy engineers a holistic and transdisciplinary approach to sustainability in the fields of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle. 
https://youtu.be/OhRZT4NoomM
The facilities of the Living Lab, and its unique character as prototype of a Zero Energy Building allowed students getting into serious technological discussions, but also developing their creativity beyond their disciplinary boundaries, co-creating with their colleagues Holistic Sustainable Urban Lifestyle Scenarios 2030, based on technology developments, but also new organizational structures as well as personal behavioural changes.
Online questionnaires and personal testimonies of the participants showed an overall very positive evaluation of the seminar by students. For 2019 the participation of over 50 MSc RENE students is already in preparation.

divendres, 21 de setembre de 2018

3rd CESBA MED LOCAL EXPERTS COMMITTEE – SUSTAINABLITY INDICATORS FOR BUILDINGS


With in the CESBA-MED –Sustainable Mediterranean Cities project (INTERREG) we participated in the third Local Committee Meeting on invitation by the Municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès. A group of 20 experts from academia, research, administration and private entities discussed and further developed assessment criteria and benchmarks for building assessment within the CESBA-MED methodology for the evaluation of Sustainable Cities. 

Indicators for the assessment of Energy and Resource Consumption of Buildings have been the field of excellence where we contributed to the further definition and approval of indicators and their evaluation method. Primary energy demand, renewable energy share, embodied, non-renewable energy and the use of recycled materials are examples of these type of indicators, but also the peak demand of electricity for building operation and efficient use of water resources are taken into consideration as buildings should contribute to the overall resilience of neighbourhoods and cities.

The areas of exemplary application will be situated in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Sant Francesc, Monastir, Xalet negre, Casa Cultura, Escola Collserola)  and Barcelona (Illa Efficient, Lactancia, AHC). The local experts committees will assist the implementation process during the whole year through further committee meetings. Furthermore CESBA-MED plans educational activities for technicians and decision makers to get introduced into the developed tool and its methodology.

For more information: https://cesba-med.interreg-med.eu/

dijous, 20 de setembre de 2018

LOW3:LIVING ZERO! - SECOND MOOC EDITION STARTED

The second edition of our MOOC Course LOW3: Zero Living has started this week.
We adapted our online course to the needs of UPC students for getting tutored and having personal contact for sharing knowledge, experiencing the Living Lab and meeting each other at the ETSAV Campus.
Therefor we have scheduled 4 in-person meetings at the Living Lab within the next 3 months, with additional activities still to be programed. These additional meetings will serve to create synergies with our new European project on lifestyle change, the Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator (www.suslife.info). 
ETSAV students will be “energy ambassadors” to the participating families, analysing their homes regarding possible energy efficiency improvements, and the solar potential of roofs and façades for solar PV or solar thermal energy production.

Through this project-based learning process students will experience first-hand the current state of the art of the local building stock and design together with the families transition pathways towards more energy efficient homes and a more sustainable energy supply, embedded in a holistic analisis of our current lifestyles.

MOOC Platform UPC: https://mooc.upc.edu/

divendres, 7 de setembre de 2018

Convocatoria para la participación de familias de Sant Cugat del Vallès en el proyecto Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator (SLA)

El proyecto internacional Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator busca familias/personas individuales de Sant Cugat del Vallès para implementar y evaluar opciones para un estilo de vida sostenible - PARTICIPA!

A medida que pasan los años, los recursos naturales son más y más escasos y el cambio climático progresa. ¿Cómo afecta este hecho a nuestra vida diaria en España y que tipo de servicios y productos son necesarios para la promoción de un estilo de vida sostenible? Esto se investiga en el Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator. El proyecto está coordinado por el Instituto Wuppertal de Alemania y D-mat Ltd. en Finlandia con la participación de partners internacionales en siete países (Alemania Dinamarca, España, Finlandia, India, México y Suiza). La Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) a través del Living Lab LOW3 de la Escola Tèchica de Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV) gestiona la participación española en colaboración y con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Sant Cugat del Vallès. El proyecto busca ahora entre 5 y 10 familias en Sant Cugat del Vallès que quieran participar en la exploración de estilos de vida futuros. El objetivo es encontrar maneras de reducir las huellas de carbono y de material en nuestra vida cotidiana.

“Si todos viviéramos como el español o catalán medio, necesitaríamos los recursos naturales de 3 o 4 planetas. En el Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator los participantes experimentaran lo que significaría vivir con un “estilo de vida de un planeta” (One-planet lifestyle) en la práctica, y cómo se podría conseguir este objetivo. En primer lugar, las familias probaran diferentes servicios que permitan estilos de vida más sostenibles. Después, comprobaran qué bien y con qué calidad se puede vivir a pesar de la reducción de nuestras huellas”, dice Torsten Masseck, director del Living Lab LOW3 (ETSAV), experto en sostenibilidad y responsable de la participación de la UPC en éste programa internacional de 3 años (2018-2020).

En el proyecto, los participantes van a poder primero monitorizar sus consumos. Basados en el consumo actual, el consorcio de expertos calculará la huella de carbono de cada familia, es decir las emisiones de carbono relacionados con su estilo de vida, y su huella material, es decir su consumo de recursos naturales. En base a sus huellas individuales, las familias desarrollaran en un taller conjunto su propia hoja de ruta para alcanzar estilos de vida sostenibles. De las hojas de ruta, las familias eligen las ideas que quieran probar en un experimento de un mes. En proyectos anteriores similares, los participantes consiguieron reducir su huellas entre un 10% y un 20%. Muchas soluciones aplicadas redujeron costes y aumentaron su calidad de vida.

Algunas soluciones experimentales podrían incluir, por ejemplo, car-sharing, servicios de entrega a domicilio, soluciones eficientes en la vivienda, soluciones de movilidad de bajo coste y nuevas fuentes de proteínas. Las soluciones por probar se seleccionan en una colaboración entre expertos y participantes.

Las familias, además de poder probar cambios importantes en su estilo de vida, al final del experimento tienen la oportunidad de participar en la discusión con los ayuntamientos, los proveedores de servicios y los demás participantes, sobre cómo hacer crecer las soluciones sostenibles para su uso a gran escala. La primera fase del Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator en España será implementada en 2018 en Sant Cugat del Vallés.

“A través del proyecto Sustainables Lifestyles Accelerator aprenderemos lo que significa una vida sostenible en la práctica. Para los participantes esto significa que no necesitan esperar un futuro mejor, sino que pueden empezar ya a realizar y experimentarlo!” explica Víctor Martínez, Director Ámbito de Gestión de Calidad Urbana y Movilidad, que coordina la colaboración del Ayuntamiento de Sant Cugat del Vallès en el proyecto.

Las familias de todos los tamaños, incluidas las familias numerosas, las comunas y los hogares de una sola persona pueden inscribirse en Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator. La búsqueda de familias continúa hasta el 22 de septiembre de 2018. El proyecto comienza inmediatamente después, a finales de septiembre, y continúa hasta el final del año con las familias seleccionados, antes de extenderse a un mayor número de participantes.

Después de la prueba inicial y la fase de diseño con un pequeño número de familias piloto en 2018 y la finalización de la plataforma calculadora en línea, para 2019 se planea la participación de 500 hogares y para 2020 la participación de 10.000 hogares para cada uno de los 7 países socios, creando un impulso único de compromiso social y cambio hacia estilos de vida con alta calidad pero con un impacto ambiental mucho menor.

Para más información: www.suslife.info

Si quiere participar como hogar piloto en el proyecto: Formulario de solicitud
(hasta el 22 de septiembre)


Contacto vía email: torsten.masseck@upc.edu 

dimarts, 31 de juliol de 2018

CONAMA - Circular Economy in the Building Sector in Spain

The Working Group GT-6 Circular Economy in the Building Sector has meet for its second meeting at the Environmental Institute in Madrid. Representatives of academia, industry and associations worked on an analisis and grafic representation of the existing materials flows in the building sector in Spain in order to identify barriers and oportunities for a stronger development towards closed-cycle construction processes. Based on our experience in low-impact, wood-based buildings and energy transition projectes like Roadmaps for Energy (R4E), we could contribute with a specific view on how to transform the building sector holistically through a definition of clear and ambitiuous objectives, the creation of scenarios and the roadmapping of pathways on the short, mid and long run.

Ecodesign principals, life-cycle assessment, end-of life recycling, downcycling or upcycling, tracking of material flows in cities with a clear focus on refurbishment and reuse, as well as new business models, ambitious legislation and tax instruments, and a general mind and value shift of society form the essential parts of a transition process in the building sector, which is so urgently needed.
CONAMA is a foundation which organizes the National Congresso on Environment of the same name from 26th -29th of November 2018, and where all working groups will present their outcomes to the general public. (http://www.conama.org/web/index.php)











divendres, 6 de juliol de 2018

INNOENERGY MSc RENE INNOVATION AND CO-CREATION SEMINAR 2018: HOUSING, ENERGY AND LIFESTYLE

[eng] Living Lab LOW3 welcomed for the fifth year students of the InnoEnergy MSc Program "Renewable Energies" (RENE) from 8 different countries for a 2-day innovation seminar under the title “Holistic Sustainability Approach for Innovations”.

This year 46 students, divided into two groups worked 
on the ambitious goal to develop "Sustainable Lifestyle Scenarios 2030" including technological, environmental and socioeconomic forecasting as a result of the presented projects and generated discussions.
The first day was dedicated to Innovation through the presentation and analysis of research projects in the three main focus areas of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.

HOUSING: Students got known to the innovative concepts of UPC's nearly zero energy buildings, exploring and analyzing the technological concepts of the LOW3 prototype house in the fields of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, HVAC, bioclimatic building management and energy monitoring systems. Measurements of surface and air temperatures, calculation of PV production and energy consumption of the house as well as a forecasting exercise, projecting the analyzed technologies to 2030 allowed to enter fully into the discussion about the relationships between housing, energy and sustainability.
ENERGY: Students got introduced into the results of the  R4E - Roadmaps for Energy project (www.roadmapsforenergy.eu), getting known to the developed energy roadmaps for European partner cities in the field of Smart Buildings and Smart Urban Spaces and Smart Mobility in order to discuss energy transition of society in the coming decades.
LIFESTYLE: Students got introduced to a holistic transition to sustainability through the international Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator project 2018-2020 (www.suslife.info), which just started, and where UPC collaborates with international partners from 7 counties under the lead of the Wuppertal Institute in the reduction of the environmental impact of private households.
At the end of day 1 students calculated quickly their current ecological footprint, resulting in an average need of around 3,2 planets if world’s population would adopt the same way of living. One motivation more within our first seminar day to search for innovative solutions

The second day was dedicated to co-creation, applying the R4E methodology of complexity maps and roadmapping for the generation of innovative product or service concepts for a “more sustainable urban life in 2030.
Finally, students co-created in dynamic group sessions through a story telling approach concepts for “a more sustainable urban life in 2030.  The holistic visioning and presentation through small performances of a more sustainable future urban life, generated ambitious discussions and allowed to foster the creative potential of these future “game changers” of InnoEnergy. 
Despite of unusual hot temperatures, the domestic atmosphere of Living Lab LOW3 with its efficient cross ventilation, but also the possibility to work outside at shaded places of our campus, contributed to the success of two days full of technology exploration, inspiring conversations and intense discussions about innovations in the field of renewable energies within a wider environmental and cultural context.
This fifth collaboration with the MSc Program RENE of KIC InnoEnergy confirms again that LOW3 offers a valuable contribution to engineer students’ education through its holistic approach to sustainability within a unique, real-world environment of a Living Lab bringing together in one place the important topics of Housing, Energy and Lifestyle.


dimarts, 19 de juny de 2018

The Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator – Catalyzing Change (SLA)

The new 3 year-project "The Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator" started these days with its official kick-off meeting at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany.

The project aims at mobilizing more than 70000 private households in seven countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland) to analyse and reduce their resource consumption and climate impact by behavioural and lifestyle changes related to housing, mobility, food, consumption and leisure activities.
The ACCELERATOR will provide tools for footprint calculation, individual roadmapping and experimenting, and sharing experiences for up-scaling in a two-lane project design where the households in each country are guided via either online or offline tools (or their combination). Local stakeholders like municipalities, academia, consumer associations, companies and retailers will play a major role for upscalling this project and creating a real societal momentum of change. 

Project management, online platform and co-creation processes for comunication, roadmapping and the general implementation strategies have started. It is planned to create a strong local support network in each country within the next weeks in order to launch the call for participation for private households and families before summer.
Project website: www.suslife.info 

dilluns, 18 de juny de 2018

Norman Foster Solar Award and Plus Energy Building Award Jury 2018


Building Integrated Photovoltaic is an important approach when it comes to sustainable building concepts based on the use of renewable energies. Producing more than 100% of its energy demand by itself and besides being a well-designed piece of attractive solar architecture is an ambition, which is not easy to meet by a building. The Norman Foster Solar Award, organized by the Swiss Solar Energy Agency, is an instrument to recognize and disseminate successful projects, which achieved these two objectives in a convincing way.

This years Norman Foster Solar Award and Plus Energy Building Award Jury, consistent of international experts from academia, industry and associations, deliberated intensively about the qualities of each individual project, before deciding the winners in both categories. New questions like building-grid interaction, energy storage and energy flexibility of buildings played a role in the discussions, beyond the aesthetic and functional qualities of BIPV. Our experience with BIPV projects and our knowledge about smart buildings and cities allowed us to contribute essentially to the discussions, representing ETSAV / UPC in this important international jury.
The winners will be officially announced and awarded together with the Swiss Solar Prize winners in an award ceremony in October 2018 in Geneve.






dijous, 14 de juny de 2018

Annex 74 - Competitions and Living Labs

The first "Annex 74 - Competitions and Living Labs" Meeting has taken place at the EMI headquaters in Szentendre, Hungary, place of the next Solar Decathlon Europe Competiton in July 2019. Partners from 7 countries started to work on the knowledge platform and management of this 3-year collaboration program within the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Program.
Annex 74 is a IEA EBC-based platform mapping and linking the competition and living lab experiences worldwide and working towards further improving existing as well as developing new formats. Annex 74 intends to stimulate the technological knowledge, the scientific level and the architectural quality within future competitions and living labs based on the development of a systematic knowledge platform as well as the link to know-how from previous and current IEA activities. The Annex is intended to be a think-tank with a focus on the education of the next generation of architects and engineers by university-based competitions and living labs.
Beside an intensive work programm, the international experts group hat time to get introduced to the SDE 2019 competition site, by the Competiton director Károly Matolcsy. 16 international teams will participate in this new European edition of the competition and a post-competition evaluation as living labs is planned on the site for a period between 6 month to 2 years. 

The next Annex work meeting will take place in November 2018 in Dubai during the Solar Decathlon Dubai Competition and linked to an international workshop on building monitoring and evaluation.