Consultancy pop-up centres


 Purpose

Three different types of consultancy pop-up centre models will be developed and tested with the purpose to increase awareness or bring low-carbon technologies closer to the citizens in an attractive way (easy access).

These are the 3 models:
  1. Movable, flexible, short term (<1week) model with mobile information desks or stands, mobile centres and easy to (dis)assemble constructions.
    Where? 
    • ​​Oostende (buddy with Mechelen & Breda)

  2. Fixed, long term model making use of existing public service centres (libraries, cultural centres, schools, community buildings) or temporary use of vacant buildings.
    Where? 
    • ​​Kent (buddy with Picardie)
    • Rotterdam (buddy with Antwerp)

  3. Mixed: a mixture of model 1 and 2.
    Where?
    • Antwerp (buddy with Rotterdam)
    • Breda (buddy with EOS & Mechelen)
    • Mechelen (buddy with Breda & EOS)
    • Picardie (buddy with Kent)

Pop-up centres will actively promote the web portals, the real-life demo’s and the use of HEMS. Local pop-ups will be developed and operated in cooperation with stakeholders and local SME’s, who can use these centres for displaying their technologies and offering consultancy. Neutral advise will be guaranteed.
  

 Preparatory action plan

 The activities to realise these pop-ups include:  

  1. Scoping
    Current consultancy centre models and pop-up centre pilots will be evaluated to determine do’s and don’ts. This starts with the evaluation of how supply and demand side come together, including intermediaries e.g. consultancy centres and other services. Each Local Authority partner will make an inventory of low-carbon technologies and available financial schemes that could be promoted through the pop-up centres.
      
  2. Development of business concepts for the pop-up models
    Local Authority partners and local actors will develop business concepts for the 3 pop-up models, containing a strategic plan taking into account staff, space, marketing, display of technologies and partners. An implementation plan for pop-up centres will be defined according to the target groups, area, infrastructure as well as for which periods it will pop-up where. Concepts will be discussed in a general workshop with all partners to refine approaches.The equipment, software and application of the selected HEMS will be upgraded. The selected HEMS will be tested during a period of 2 months to evaluate them and prepare for a larger scale implementation, which shall result in an implementation procedure for the Local Authority partners.


  3. Implementation in each Local Authority
    Based upon the created cross border models, at least 7 local demo pop-up centres will be set up in the 7 Local Authorities.
    Key activities will be:
    • Facilitating visits of homeowners to pop-up centres (to increase their awareness and investment in available and relevant low-carbon technologies)
    • Facilitating supply-side stakeholders (to co-create and run pop-ups to bring supply to demand).
       
  4. Sustaining and disseminating the pop-up centre models.

Guidelines
  
Guidelines will be developed during the course of the project and will be stored here once finished.