Energy cooperative
takes the initiative

Local initiatives in the neighbourhood play an important role in the heat transition of their neighbourhood or district. They know their neighbourhood best, they represent local residents and have expertise in the field. With the interests of the residents on the first place, they like to think about a sustainable future for the neighbourhood. Such a neighbourhood collective is often formalized in an energy cooperative

An energy cooperative knows that much more can be achieved with a collective than all individual residents separately. Knowledge can be shared, purchases can be done collectively and a (collective) heat solution can be managed that would never be possible individually. Just think of collective heat buffering or collective purchasing of electricity, not to mention the collective generation of energy.

But how do you know which heat solution is the right one for the local residents and how far can you recommend local residents to insulate? The answers to it remain vague if you do not have the correct calculations.

How we can assist you.

A plan for a fossil-free district

When tackling a fossil-free neighbourhood, it is important to be able to offer a good proposition to every resident of the neighbourhood. In addition, it is important to make the transition together with all stakeholders involved. Only when you know each other’s interests together you can make the right decisions. With COLONY, we map out for you in various scenarios what certain heating solutions mean for the district as a whole, for each address and for each party involved.

Strategy for a housing typology

A neighbourhood often has repetitive housing typologies: houses with the same construction year and characteristics. A study with the NEST model can then work advantageously: on the one hand because of the quality of the custom calculation and on the other because it offers opportunities for collective purchasing. Because the house is modelled in BIM (building information modelling), we can also easily include small differences in orientation and ‘measures already taken’ per address. In addition, we provide insight into the most favourable heat solution. In terms of sustainability and costs. You can get started right away with the concrete results!

More about COLONY.

The COLONY model can help you in various ways moving forward in the heat transition of districts and villages. These videos tell more about it.

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Guido van Enckevort, verduurzamer,
gemeente Kaag en Braassem:

“COLONY is een geweldig instrument om vanuit bewonersperspectief te zien wat collectieve verwarmingsoplossingen doen ten opzichte van individuele volledig elektrische varianten. Deze aanpak sloot goed aan bij de manier waarop we werken aan de energietransitie in Kaag en Braassem. De tooling helpt ook om de uitdaging van de energietransitie concreet en transparant te maken voor de betrokkenen. Door de vele verschillende knoppen waaraan je kunt draaien, moet je wel heel scherp en zorgvuldig nadenken over welke scenario’s je precies wilt.”