ProjectDesign for sustainable choices on indoor climate

Design for sustainable choices on indoor climate

Implementation of large-scale district heating today holds no technical barriers, it is instead an acceptance problem and a business challenge. How can such acceptance issues of end users of district heating be addressed? This is taken up in the recently funded FIA project (Fjärrvärme: Innovation and Acceptance), which is related to the EU Celsius project in which RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute) takes part. In the FIA project, RISE Interactive is working in collaboration with IMCG as a partner, financed by Energimyndigheten and EU.

We aim to explore how design can support acceptance of district heating, as well as to develop innovations and business strategies to support building owners and citizens in making 'sustainable choices' on the indoor climate. This is based on a shared understanding between users and stakeholders in the social, cultural political and institutional context of european cities in the EU funded CELSIUS project, and will be done with active participation of end users and stakeholders in the development process which will be demonstrated and evaluated in the project.
The project is based on several demonstrators in five cities, Göteborg, Rotterdam, Cologne, Genua and London. The FIA project will focus on specific cases, where end-user acceptance issues can be addressed.

The project has resulted in a concept for building owners to assess the heating efficiency as well as thermal comfort in buildings, based on both qualitative and quantitative methods, called the CAPE concept (Comfort Action Plan for Energy). The concept is currently being piloted in apartment buildings in Göteborg and Uppsala.