This project is based on the hypothesis that an active and low-threshold influencing of social space enables the empowerment of technical innovations and investments as well as changes in user behavior in urban space. The object of the project is the participatory implementation of integrative low-cost energy management solutions and novel building and energy technologies, as well as new financing and business models by means of renovations in eco-social housing in the small town of Pinkafeld in southern Burgenland.
As part of the project, technical solutions are merged with social and health science issues. Through the active involvement of the residents and the consideration of different aspects of sustainability (health, social, economic, ecological), integral solutions are developed, which are then implemented.
In the project, a flexibly configurable energy management system (Easy Energy Saver), which also considers financial aspects and user-specific habits, has been developed. This system is suitable for retrofitting and learns from the resident's behavior.
This recommendation system supports the person living in the household in improving the indoor climate through optimal ventilation and shade without having to accept unnecessary ventilation losses. It is also possible to reduce the heating requirement - or, with active cooling, the cooling requirement. As part of trial applications in several households, the technical functions were tested and the handling of the residents with the system was examined.