There are those districts, for which municipalities do not know what choice to make. The layouts of these districts are so diverse that applying one dominant heat technology for the whole district, does not feel like the right thing to do. The outcome of the ‘Start analysis’ (which applies heating technologies to a district) does not really get you any further and other models also indicate we have to deal with a “doubtful district”.

The Cause

Districts are ambiguous. They often possess several neighborhoods that consist of various buildings and occupants, who all consume energy in different ways. Differentiation exists in building type (detached house, terraced house, apartment, utility, etc.), year of construction, energy label and the way occupants use energy. This results in every address having its own optimum in the combination of a heating technology and an energy label.

Even if a district is unambiguous, there is sometimes reason to be doubtful. Now and then the costs of different heating techniques are so close to each other that further research may be needed to make the right choice. Therefore, it makes it difficult to make one choice for a dominant heating technology as requested from the ‘Warmtetransitievisie’ (Heat Transition Vision).

Better choices

In order to provide thorough information to residents by means of the Heat Transition Vision, we suggest a better insight into all these dynamics. Especially regarding these doubtful districts. Questions like “Where do major differences occur and what does this mean for residents and for the application of heating techniques?” or “For which houses is the outcome favorable, and for which not?” and “What does the accompanied financial picture look like and what amount of CO2 emission reduction does it involve?” are important to be answered to get a better insight.

TheEarlybirds guide you to understandable results on these questions. Our COLONY model quickly calculates heat scenarios per address. The COLONY web tool shows the answers to the above questions in an interactive 3D model of the district. Would you like to know some more? Then do not hesitate to contact us!