Sustainable housing renovation tested in practice

The Flemish Knowledge platform Woning-Renovatie ("Home-Renovation") is looking for methods to sustainably renovate houses and apartments. In the coming years, diverse sustainable renovation concepts will be tested for feasibility in 10 pilot sites across Flanders. The project will serve as inspiration for Flemish government policy.

The 10 pilot sites were started in 2014, supported bythe Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT). With the pilot projects and the platform, the IWT ─ in collaboration with more than 100 Flemish partners from, among others, the construction sector, the research world and home owners ─ will be examining the technical feasibility, efficiency and affordability of sustainable and innovative renovation concepts. The concepts are being tested in diverse living arrangements: social housing, apartment buildings, terraced houses … The project has the following objectives:

Develop scalable and reproducible renovation concepts;
Encourage cooperation between suppliers, designers and implementers;
Strengthen demand using a group approach and alternative forms of financing; and
Show that cost-optimal energy levels are attainable and viable.

VITO's role

Within the Knowledge platform, VITO in partnership with PassiefHuisPlatform is responsible for client relations and drawing up financial and business models. It is also actively working at two test sites. At the ECOREN test site in Munsterbilzen and Hoeselt, VITO is handling the general coordination and the social innovation component in which users are asked to contribute their experiences. At the RENOSEEC test site in Sint-Amandsberg (Ghent), VITO is carrying out a neighbourhood scan. The building blocks in which the energy renovations will take place are selected based on family composition, energy consumption and other social parameters.

IWT test sites: facts & figures

Knowledge platform:

  • Consortium of 12 Flemish partners: research institutes, professional associations, companies and umbrella organisations of experts
  • Duration: 2014 –2018
  • Budget: € 1,000,000

ECOREN test site project:

  • Consortium with 15 Flemish partners from the construction sector, research institutes and social housing corporation, Cordium
  • Duration: 2014 –2018
  • Budget: € 721,565

RENOSEEC test site project:

  • Consortium with 15 Flemish partners from the construction sector and research institutes
  • Duration: 2014 –2018
  • Budget: € 589,466
The concepts are being tested in diverse living arrangements: social housing, apartment buildings, terraced houses …