Danish Pilot Project

Impact of knowledge centre activities on the uptake of energy efficient renovation - illustrated by ProjectZero uptake in the municipality of Sonderborg, Denmark

In Denmark, REQUEST investigated the circumstances around the successful uptake of energy saving measures that were carried out by ProjectZero in the municipality of Sonderborg, taking into considerations the impact of The Danish Knowledge Centre for Energy Saving in Buildings. A key finding was the application of an unbroken supply chain, as illustrated in the above figure. By ensuring all steps outlined in the diagram were in place, ProjectZero was able to significantly increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures in single family houses in the Sonderborg county. Of special significance is Charlie, an independent  energy adviser who was a key driver of the activities, acting as a bridge between the householder and the supply chain.

Main activities and results :

  • Energy advice, free of charge by an energy adviser, Charlie, to kick-start the refurbishment process
  • Motivating professionals who followed an energy leader training programme
  • Distribution of inspiration catalogues carried out by architects
  • Involvement of local banks, ready to offer low interest loans
  • Continuous follow-up by the energy adviser Charlie, combined with completion of statistics

Key lessons learnt:

  • Personal dialogue with and kick off by Charlie, the energy adviser free of charge, is probably the main driver for a successful energy saving uptake
  • Skilled craftsmen - builders as well as installers - who are familiar with all relevant refurbishment tasks is a basic requirement
  • An unbroken supply chain from idea to fulfilment of energy retrofitting is crucial for deep market penetration.