ZenN at the Sustainable City Development Conference 2016 in Malmö
Malmö offered during three days an inspiring venue where researchers and practitioners could explore what defines a sustainable city. The conference started with a very refreshing, but also worrying and provoking, key note speech by Guy Standing, professor of Development Studies from University of London and the author to “The Precariat”; describing an increasing group of people moving in and out of jobs and striving to cope with the everyday life - resulting in a lack of hope for the future. The conclusion from the conference was that a truly sustainable city must also be a just city and offer equal possibilities for all its citizens.
Demonstrating affordable - but still high quality energy efficient - renovation of current buildings for socio-economic weak groups, as the ZenN-project is aiming to do, show that we can make a small but significant difference. The current demo site in Malmö in Lindängen is a very good example of strengthening the local economic situation by creating local jobs connected to the retrofitting process.
The role of the ZenN-project during the conference was however a bit more technical, facilitating a round table discussion on how monitoring of energy performance in buildings should develop onwards. The main findings of the discussions were:
- Firstly the incentives to save energy needs to be strengthen. All participants in the discussion found the energy prise to low. The safe-hold of the individual’s privacy is important to take in to consideration.
- Monitoring needs to be done on different levels: for scientific and development reasons: for optimisation of the technical systems in the buildings: for awareness and action oriented reasons for the end-users. A general finding was that the visualisation of energy performance for end-users even could have the opposite result due to the low energy prices.
- The measurements need to include aspects such as the intended function of the building when it comes to good indoor environment i.e. air quality and thermal comfort.
- Monitoring on especially residential buildings needs to be developed in the same way as for commercial buildings. Thus creating better state of the art systems that are affordable.
- The monitoring data should be able to collect for the individual end-user, the building owner, the district and for the whole city. Creating standardized digital open monitoring data for benchmark and continuous improvement.
Read more about the conference on the Sustainable City Development 2016 website