The two Danish housing associations, Andelsboligforeningen Odinsgaard and Beringsgaard, have accepted to join the SURE! Project. Their tenants can now look forward to a better indoor climate, and the housing associations themselves will benefit from a strengthened sustainable lifestyle of their tenants and lowered costs of heating.
Kenneth M. Frederiksen, supervisor at Odinsgaard, is excited to be part of the project and explains that the time of the project is favorable for the housing association:
We are facing some major renovations of our buildings in the near future, including the ones that are going to be part of the project, which is why it is interesting to be able to register consumption patterns already now. After the retrofitting, we will be able to compare and experience how effective the efforts have actually been. We also look forward to technologies that will make it possible to show our tenants a more precise picture of their consumption – and of cause the energy savings is another positive bonus.
At Beringsgaard, which is part of the housing association Bolig Horsens, they are also excited to be part of the project and contribute to a more sustainable future for both their tenants and the environment:
The reason for participating in this project is to develop both behavioral and technical tools, which will enable us to work together with our tenants in lowering the energy consumption – for the benefit of the individual tenants as well as for the environment. As a housing association, we also have a responsibility to contribute to more sustainability, since energy scarcity will also affect us in the long run. Therefore, the whole community is obligated to contribute to more energy efficiency. The local heating plant, Horsens Varmeværk, is also part of the local collaboration, and we are in close dialogue with them, says Jørgen Pommerencke, representative from Beringsgaard, who also hopes that experiences and results in the project can be replicated to more of their housing blocks.
User involvement creates energy effecient behavior
The technical solution will optimize the supply of the heat consumption; however, in order to create a lasting sustainable improvement, the tenants and an understanding their consumption patterns will play an important role. Therefore, the next step of the project will be informing the tenants about the project and inviting them to participate in the behavioral part of it. The aim is to provide the tenants with better understanding of their energy consumption and waste of heat in order to improve both the results of the project, the indoor climate and the actual savings. The next steps will include questionnaires, interviews, user panels or pilot tests.
The housing associations have invested in installation of two district heating connectors each.