EnergyVille studies the trade-off between urban retrofit for increased energy efficiency on the one hand, and the input of sustainable heat, cold and electricity to fill in the remaining energy demand on the other hand. Amongst others, this implies planning for new district heating and cooling networks on locations where these present an optimal solution from both the environmental and the financial point of view. Another question that needs an address is how deep existing buildings should be retrofitted. Currently, a team at EnergyVille is developing a modelling and decision support tool for this goal: the Urban Energy Pathfinder.
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