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Housing Association’s Energy Efficiency Process Planning and Investments

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HAPPI (Housing Association’s Energy Efficiency Process Planning and Investments)

Reporting period: 2018-03-01 to 2019-08-31

Despite the clear energy savings potential in the building sector, the H2020 Work Programme 2016 - 2017 “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy” pinpoints the gap between the financial sector and energy efficiency projects. It highlights the absence of a proven record of accomplishment of energy efficiency investments, and a pipeline of concrete projects (at project/local, programme/national and EU level) as major obstacle to the supply of large-scale finance at a low cost for energy efficiency.

HAPPI will take on these challenges and highlight how bundling and aggregation of sustainable energy projects, deployment of third party investment and the implementation of joint capacity building actions on a local level can lead to improved sustainable energy investments in the light of achieving economies of scale n the social housing sector.

The project “Housing Association’s Energy Efficiency Process Planning and Investments” (HAPPI) will increase the energy renovation rate within the social housing sector using an exemplary action bringing together six social housing associations in the Danish municipality of Sonderborg. It will challenge the complex interplay of non-technological barriers (organizational, legal, financial) through a well-defined process and capacity building, leading ultimately to an aggregated 15.2 MEUR investment program for sustainable energy measures in the associated building stock.

The total investment in energy efficiency will include 56 different departments of the six social housing organizations’ building stock, involving a total of 6,000 tenants in 3,318 homes, of which 2,100 are flats in storey buildings and 1,208 are terrace houses.

The investment launched by HAPPI is anticipated to lead to energy savings of 11,5 GWh/year, annual reductions of 1,640 tons CO2 eq. and the generation of 1.6 GWh/year of renewable energy.

The overall objective of HAPPI is underpinned by the following specific objectives (SOB):
SOB1: Achieve large scale cost-efficient investments among the six participating social housing associations by thoroughly assessing, confirming, and bundling the 70 sustainable energy projects in existing buildings already identified;

SOB2: Preparing and launching individual and joint tenders assuring both highest energy standards and best value for money;

SOB3: Demonstrating how to combine traditional and third-party finance for sustainable energy measures in social housing in the six participating social housing associations;

SOB4: Demonstrating how cooperation between the six participating social housing associations fosters organizational innovation to create synergies in terms of bundling smaller investment projects into a large scale cost-efficient investment programme for sustainable energy measures in the social housing sector.

SOB5: Engaging with at least 6,000 tenants in the directly involved departments of the six participating social housing associations via information meetings and indirect communication channels to assure acceptance of the envisaged investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy;

SOB6: Assuring enhanced capacity in the six participating social housing associations to plan, tender, implement and maintain sustainable energy investment projects through the provision of a sustainable energy training programme to at least 150 persons, including CEOs, CFOs, technical/administrative staff, and service staff and central and department board members;

SOB7: Trigger a future pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects in each of the six participating social housing associations by briefly outlining sustainable energy action plans, incl. joint roadmaps in five of the housing organizations (one of the social housing association already has an action plan), and implementing energy management systems
WP1
PZ is leading this work package (WP), and thus facilitates, coordinates, and ensures the
execution of the project in close and positive cooperation between all project partners to
achieve the project goals, outputs, and deliverables.
The coordinator is the responsible body and contact point for the European Commission (EC).

Until the end of the first reporting period, one kick off meeting and five steering committee meetings and have been held to guarantee the progress of the project.

One meeting whit the project Advisory board have been held ensuring input to the project start.

WP2
DEM is leading this work package facilitating the energy screening for all six housing associations. The total departments involved in the project have developed from 56 to 67 departments.
Thorough screening of each department has been conducted to gather the tenants input to retrofitting projects. Interview with tenants have given input to the screening and are also a part of the tenant engagement for the project.
The project has produced a catalogue for each housing association of energy measures to be conducted in the building stock. Furthermore, a catalogue of new innovative energy measures have been published to inspire to even more initiatives.

WP3
Sobo is leading this WP in cooperation with PZ. The work with finance products for the housing association have resulted in a workshop evaluating the five types of investments products typically used by Danish Housing associations.
The result from this workshop is that Housing associations in Denmark is not lacking funding opportunities for energy retrofitting projects. They are lacking resources for project management and developing.

WP4
B42 is leading this WP in cooperation with DEM. Guidelines for establishing a baseline for each housing associations department have been developed. This baseline is to be used when evaluating the energy measures developed in the project. The project is aiming to collect data from the different buildings in housing associations to use in communication materials and planning energy measures. A guideline in collecting and storing personal data have been developed to secure the tenants private data.

WP5
NAB is leading this WP in cooperation with DEM and PZ. There have been developed logo, templates for communication and a webpage to secure the dissemination channels for the project. Newsletter with stories from the project have been send out to tenants from all housing associations.
The task with developing energy strategies for all six housing associations started with accessing each housing association energy management profile. This were carried out by DEM. Managers and personnel where interviewed and tenants answered questioners to gather information crating the profile. The result is used in the current work creating energy policies.
EUC have developed an education program for the personnel from the housing association concerning communications skills. There is planed 3 courses where the first have been completed in this reporting period.
The total investment in energy efficiency will include 56 different departments of the six social housing organizations’ building stock, involving a total of 6,000 tenants in 3,318 homes, of which 2,100 are flats in storey buildings and 1,208 are terrace houses.

The investment launched by HAPPI is anticipated to lead to energy savings of 11,5 GWh/year, annual reductions of 1,640 tons CO2 eq. and the generation of 1.6 GWh/year of renewable energy.
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