Real-life demo exemplars


 Purpose

Exemplars of low-carbon technologies in real-life will be demonstrated with the purpose to increase awareness and stimulate their adoption.

Demonstration exemplars support future investments in low-carbon technologies by homeowners, since they prove in a comprehensive way it actually works. Wider roll out will be reinforced by developing engagement strategies and showcase financial models to which the involvement of communities and third party expertise plays an important role.

The Triple-A project partners have jointly identified 4 ‘proof of concept’ models that cover the types of exemplars needed to suit variable needs in each region, being:
 
  1. Model A: utilising innovative and new technology or combinations thereof (e.g. battery storage & PV)
    Where? Kent, Picardie, Rotterdam
  2. Model B: facilitating whole house and/or nearly zero carbon retrofit
    Where? Antwerp, Breda, Mechelen, Rotterdam
  3. Model C: facilitating retrofit of insulation at scale (300+ properties)
    Where? Oostende, Picardie, Rotterdam
  4. Model D: facilitating retrofit in stages, creating a long term plan for the whole property
    Where? Rotterdam

The models will be tested and refined through their implementation as 8 exemplars within 7 partner regions. The Triple-A Local project partners carefully consider the appropriate number of properties for each exemplar, such that the number of homes in the exemplar reflects the requirements of the model(s) and is in proportion to the installation numbers indicated.
  

 Preparatory action plan

 The activities to set up real-life demonstration exemplars include:
  

  1. Scoping
    Each project partner will identify preferred target areas in their region, using data and methods such as energy consumption reports, building energy efficiency data, property type data, local expert knowledge of partner’s own areas, socio-economic and household segmentation data and utility and network infrastructure information and mapping.
    The partner will review these data and will agree on what engagement activities will be used to reach different groups of residents.

      
  2. Development and preparation of demonstration exemplars:
    Triple-A will identify which finance and funding streams can be offered to residents to support the delivery of retrofit. Next to this appropriate engagement and awareness raising activities within the target areas will be identified and engagement strategies will be refined.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 and monitoring
    Implementing of demonstration exemplars:
    Once the engagement plan is ready, the project partners will base on this, to confirm the customer journey process, identify supply chain partners in each region, agree the development and administration of the resident offer (including finance and funding), create standardised contracts and schedules of works for demonstration properties.
    These refined exemplar Models (A-D) will then form the basis of technical, financial and organisational support for residents and communities.


  4. Sustaining to evaluate and secure the success of the demonstration exemplars:
    Triple-A project partners will meet to agree on standard monitoring, measurements and KPIs. A protocol/guidance document on monitoring energy savings in a dwelling will be developed to ensure consistency in data collection across regions. In return for support with retrofitting, residents and building owners will be asked to share their experiences through open house events and at seminars as well as through testimonials on the web portal of their Local Authority and in pop-up centres. The impact will be evaluated and learning shared. An implementation guide for demonstration exemplars will be developed.Based upon the obtained conclusions and specifications, an implementation guideline for HEMS will be developed for other Local Authorities.
      

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