Understanding the Balance Between Accuracy and Variance in Climate Transition Studies (1)

The LOCALISED partner, IREC has defined a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess Climate Positive Circular Communities within the ARV project framework. ARV aims to demonstrate and validate attractive, resilient, and affordable solutions that significantly speed-up deep energy renovations in four different climatic zones in Europe.

A Climate Positive Circular Community (CPCC) is an urban area, which aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, enables energy flexibility, and promotes a circular economy and social sustainability. The CPCC concept focuses strongly on the interaction and integration between new and regenerated buildings, users, and energy systems, facilitated by ICT. These transformative communities stand in the intersection of technology, community engagement and circular principles to reimagine building energy consumption and energy economies. In doing so, they actively contribute to mitigation and adaptation efforts to climate change while exemplifying a blueprint for collective sustainable living.

The assessment framework for CPCC aims to provide a coherent guideline for the evaluation of urban regeneration projects targeting sustainable communities. It provides a framework for the definition of CPCCs, and describes KPIs that may be used in the evaluation of such projects. The framework will serve as a guide for key stakeholders from the demo sites and the consortium’s expert partners, during planning, design, construction, and operation of the ARV demonstration projects. It brings to the table more elements than the traditional sustainability assessment of buildings, to highlight the importance of the neighbourhood-based approach in a life cycle perspective taking into account architectural qualities and circularity aspects.

The proposed assessment framework aims to go beyond the environmental, economic, and social impact approach. A continuous testing process during the implementation of actions in the different communities across Europe (Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain) will result in a proven, validated, and consistent framework at the end of the project pursuing the harmonization and standardization at EU level. The main KPIs categories selected for the ARV assessment framework are energy, environment, circularity, economics, social, and architecture, taking into account aspects at both building and neighbourhood levels. Below we invite you to have a look at the main categories of KPIs:

More information can be found in the following link: Home · ARV (greendeal-arv.eu)