January 17, 2018

The ENLEB project

YERUN member Maastricht University’s International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development, ICIS, together with its partners from the Netherlands and Flanders will contribute to the realisation of various demo houses with innovative techniques that a private citizen could also apply in his own home. Through co-creation, ENLEB works with companies and citizens to create awareness and ownership and to come up with technical solutions based on the innovative strength of the companies.

The transnational Interreg VA program of Flanders-Netherlands has approved the ENLEB project. In ENLEB, Flemish and Dutch partners work together on the development of an integrated concept for making residential private homes more sustainable on the basis of co-creation, with the focus on self-sufficiency, so that homes remain energy-neutral even if the residents’ energy profile changes. By combining building physics, installation techniques and sustainable energy creation- and storage, the project aims to contribute to the EU’s 2020 energy goals.

Various demonstrations and pilot projects will be conducted around technological product and process innovations: this includes equipping homes with DC (direct current) technology, developing a mobile DC unit, using zeolite heating, integrating all cables, pipes and ducts in the building envelope. Furthermore, an ENLEB menu is being developed that citizens can use to make their homes more sustainable. The menu highlights both technical and financial aspects and wants to unburden the resident.

Facts about the project:

  • The project started on 1 June 2017 and runs until 31 May 2020
  • ENLEB has a total budget of 1.5 million Euros and receives half of it as European support
  • The partnership includes 9 organisations from the Netherlands and Flanders
  • From the Netherlands: Maastricht University, Hellas Rectifiers, the TIORC cooperative, the Avans Foundation and Eindhoven University of Technology
  • From Belgium (Flanders): Kamp C, Zonnige Kempen, Thomas More and UCLL
  • In preparation of the ENLEB menu, a quick-scan in 9 neighborhoods (3700 addresses) has taken place, including, amongst others, a demographic, energy and financial analysis, in order to optimize the co-creation process.

More information on the Flemish-Dutch border cooperation projects can be found here.

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