Antwerp launches climate districts

The Ecohouse of the City of Antwerp selected ten neighbourhoods with whom it wants to start an experiment. Together with a group of ambitious city residents, it wants to renovate five hundred homes in four years. It is the intention that neighbours work together in the project and transform their neighbourhood into a climate district that can stand up to 2050.

Renovation focus
The focus lays on three possible ways of renovation:

  • Allow 500 neighbours to isolate their roofs, walls and windows. For that purpose Eandis and Infrax now put a BENO coach at the disposal of these participants to assist them.
  • Convince neighbours not only to renovate, but to opt at once for a BENOvation (which simply means a BEtter reNOvation).
  • Or let neighbours take further steps and let them include the living and street environment in their plans, so that they can visualise the street of the future together.

Looking for builders and rebuilders
The intention is to start the experiment in May 2017. For this reason the Ecohouse now searches motivated neighbours and pullers within the selected neighbourhoods, who want to explore how they can renovate together or how they can collaborate to make their neighbourhood more sustainable.
The Ecohouse will coach and support them, but hopes that the neighbourhoods will mainly take own initiatives. Furthermore an exhibition were private entrepreneurs with innovative products and services and urban labs from the districts can meet each other, will be organised.

On 3 May, the Ecohouse organised a workshop around BENovation with around 30 participants where they seek pullers for such a neighbours approach and climate districts.

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At this moment ten neighbourhoods are already shortlisted on the agenda, for which a group of interested builders and rebuilders are being sougth:
•Antwerpen: Linkeroever-Noord;
•Merksem: Kroonwijk, Kluizevelden, Lambrechtshoeken;
•Deurne: Mortelhoek, Zwarte Arend;
•Borgerhout: College;
•Berchem: De Veldekens;
•Wilrijk: Oversnes-Duivelshoek;
•Hoboken: Portugesehof.