Project: J5-7295
  • Member of University of Ljubljana: UL Faculty of Architecture

  • Code: J5-7295

  • Project: Urban renewal decision support system balancing energy efficiency and management of local resources in neighbourhoods in Slovenia

  • Period: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018   

  • Range on year: 0,94 FTE

  • Head: dr. Tadeja Zupančič

  • Research activity: Social sciences/Architecture and Design/Architecture

  • Research Organisation: link on SICRIS

  • Abstract: The purpose of the research project is to establish data-based system to support decision-making process in modular urban renewal of Slovene settlements at the level of neighbourhoods. It focuses on their energy efficiency, prudent resources’ management and sustainable performance. The solutions will be searched for the reliable metrics that evaluate the characteristics of built environment. The project offers consistent and clearly defined targeted qualities, which make the aims of the sustainable policies more tangible and are at the same time fundamental, meaningful notions both, for the residents as well as for the planners and contractors in sustainable neighbourhood retrofitting. Specifically, the research develops the evaluation model for neighbourhood sustainability performance index, based on the modular system of indicators and to it connected methodology for the interpretation of resulting values. The envisioned instrument evaluates sustainable performance of the neighbourhoods based on the measureable quantitative and qualitative indicators through five crucial categories, i.e.: a) energy efficiency, b) environmental efficiency, c) efficient use and management of the built environment, d) local residents’ and communities’ engagement level and e) exploitation of ICT, smart solutions. Each of the given categories is observed through the prism of three strategic levels of implementation, i.e.: 1) buildings or households, 2) public/in-between spaces, 3) organisation of traffic and its infrastructure. Such structuring introduces possibilities for evaluating neighbourhoods from natural aspects and built environment characteristics, appearances and functionalities, as well as activities, habits and socio-demographic structure of their inhabitants. The spatial qualities are, thus transformed into a measurable form, not only for the research purposes and for the decision-making support in renewal processes but also as an education and awareness raising tool for fostering responsible, environment-friendly behaviours when dwelling, homes, building, etc. are concerned. The design of the assessment model will be accompanied by the empirical study of six Slovene representative neighbourhoods. They will provide the “research testing ground” for the indicator system design, testing of its convenience, functionalities and the reliability of the instrument on specific Slovene territory. Assuming and foreseeing the lack of data and indicators at the neighbourhood level, the research will examine their availability and look for other possibilities (such as interpolation, calculations, use of smart and mobile technologies, crowdsourcing and even field sensing) to fill in the gaps. In accordance with the EU tendencies and policies aimed towards stimulation of active citizenship the possibilities to adapt our system for the activation/ informing/ education of communities will be studied. One of the important goals, which ensure the innovative potential of the project, is the adaptability and flexibility of the system of indicators in a way that they enable evaluation and comparison between different forms of neighbourhoods with different local-specific characteristics.  At the same time the system maintains an adequate level of universality to accomplish the assessments in a repeatable and provable ways. And secondly, modularity in assessment design provides for modularity of actions, subsequently leading to possibilities for gradual neighbourhood retrofitting, beginning with the measures that are most urgent/ economically viable/ realisable. The proposed research tackles the problem of neighbourhoods’ renewal with emphasised interdisciplinary and holistic approach. Project team members with their professional background (architecture, urbanism, planning, civil engineering and geography), specific expertise, achievements and projects participation assure competency and adequate scientific capacity for the implementation of the envision.

  • Researchers: link on SICRIS

  • The phases of the project and their realization:
    M1_project management and coordination
    M2_quality monitoring and reporting
    R1.1_ review and meta-analysis of existing metrics
    R1.2_ descriptive argumentation of theoretic and methodological interpretations of assessment models
    R1.3_ comparison of assessment models and review of established models and their segments
    R1.4_selection and  clear definition of target categories as a tool for further search of criteria and indicators (complete review of all aspects)
    R2.1_identification and methodological development of modules, relevant to Slovene space
    R2.2_field research of spatial specifics (selection of representative samples – 6 neighbourhoods)
    R2.3_synthetic definition of space and argumentation of the selected sample
    R3.1_design of measurable indicators on the basis of previously defined subject of observation, Slovene spatial specifics, desired resolution, spatial scale, accessibility of data and relativisation of measurements.
          3.1.1 - first module – buildings/households
          3.1.2 - second module – public areas, interim space and infrastructure
          3.1.3 - third module – traffic, traffic regulation, traffic infrastructure
    R3.2_establishment of key measurable indicators and their  hierarchical structure and  index structure gradually by modules:
          3.2.1 – first module – buildings/households
          3.2.2 – second module – public areas, interim space and infrastructure
          3.2.3 – third module – traffic, traffic regulation, traffic infrastructure
    R3.3_development of methodology for interpretation of indicators’ /set of indicators’ value and the design of their interrelation to appropriate target areas for improving the performance of neighbourhoods
    R4.1_empiricial verification of indicator system validity (reliability of measurements, congruity with individual indicators, consistency and unified use) on the selection of representative neighbourhoods:
          4.1.1 - first module – buildings/households
          4.1.2 - second module – public areas, interim space and infrastructure
          4.1.3 - third module – traffic, traffic regulation, traffic infrastructure
    R4.2_final synchronisation, improvements, fine-tuning of the entire index (indicators system) and its structure on the basis of R4.1.
    R4.3_examination of neighbourhood communities and the potential  of  crowd-sourcing (any module)
    R5.1_connection of indicator system (R4.2) to the developed method of interpretation of value (R3.3); in-model connection of indicator system to potential actions D1_ scientific-technical and general dissemination of partial and final results
    M=management; R=research; D=disemination

  • Citations for bibliographic records: link on SICRIS