The Virtual Training Centre (VTC) has been developed from the outputs of RESCUE. Its objective is to be a long-term electronic Learning resource. The VTC provides web based training resources for self teaching and use in face-to-face training. The learning outcomes for the VTC are, that by the end, a user will: Understand what the definition of sustainable brownfield regeneration is, Appreciate the environmental, social and economic objectives of sustainable brownfield regeneration, Understand the nature of indicators to track progress, Understand what indicators RESCUE has identified to track progress in environmental, social and economic factors and Appreciate the need for compromise between optimising individual indicators and objectives to achieve the maximum overall sustainability level for a given site.
Workpackage 1: Development of an Analytical Sustainability Framework for the Context of Brownfield Regeneration in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom WP 1 results of RESCUE will be published in May 2005 in the internet. Moreover they are part of the RESCUE-Manuel and of different other publications. WP1 established the political, legal, social and economic framework of the participating countries and project regions to provide a comparative context for selected project case studies. The basis for project analysis are two brownfield sites in every participating country. WP1 built a framework for the selection criteria to serve as basis for the decision of the Steering Committee to select the eight case study sites. The workpackage developed a set of sustainability indicators that can be used to benchmark the success of sustainable brownfield redevelopment. The suitability of indicators and indicator sets is checked in the run of the eight case studies. Objectives and indicators may be subject to changes due to first results of their application in the field, i.e. this process includes a series of feed back loops between objectives, indicators and a best practice approach. Further, WP 1 developed together with partners from other RESCUE-WPs a Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) as instrument to assess the sustainability of a brownfield regeneration projects.
RESCUE developed a Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) as instrument to assess the sustainability of a brownfield regeneration projects. RESCUE recommends that public funding for brownfield regeneration projects should be predicated upon a presumption that sustainability objectives will be adhered to. This would be a remarkable innovation and could contribute significantly to a more efficient use of public money and to an improvement in the quality of brownfield regeneration projects. The SAT has been developed by RESCUE for this purpose. There are three steps to assess the sustainability of a brownfield redevelopment project: - Actor collaboration to set priorities on aspects of sustainability: The relative importance of the objec-tives has to be defined for each individual brown-field project the actors have to set priorities on aspects of sustainability. This will happen by means of a workshop. - Funding application by the project developer: On the basis of the weighed aspects of sustainability and all sustainability objectives the project devel-oper elaborates a funding application. - Quantified assessment model for decision making: The application has to be assessed by a funding institution. The EU or the funding agency will have to judge how sustainable the project is and how the public priorities were taken into ac-count.
The Manual of a European System Approach for Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration was designed to conclusively integrate RESCUE¡¦s validation feedback into a holistic system approach that may be used throughout the European Community as well as in EU accession States. The manual is structured as follows: - Introduction - Guidance for Project Managers - Guidance for Landowners, Developers and Planners - Guidance for Policymakers, Regulators and Citizens - Guidance for Contractors, Designers and Professional Advisors - Guidance for the use of Incentives and Economic Tools/Funding Criteria - The Virtual Training Centre and the Sustainability Assessment Tool - Conclusions, Key Recommendations and Integrative Expectations The manual was designed to; Address the needs of the brownfield regeneration industry in the form of clear, non-scientific, useful and significant guidance to support sustainable urban regeneration. Integrate practices employed by all practitioners and stakeholders, supported by tools and case study examples, so that the brownfield regeneration process can reliably assume a sustainable direction. Highlight deficiencies in the brownfield regeneration process and propose remedies. It is addressed to: - Designers - Contractors - Regulators - Public sector policy makers - Stakeholders Landowners - Developers - Planners - Citizens - Professional advisors The manual is therefore a substantial decision making tool for all parties involved in the brownfield regeneration process. It provides checklists, objectives, indicators, tools and examples of best practice that have been evaluated and validated within RESCUE against end-user needs which were established earlier in the project by questionnaires. Economic tools for the enhancement of brownfield regeneration are proposed, together with decision making tools for funding organisations at the sub-regional, regional, national, and European level. The manual is available in English, Polish, German, French and Russian.