IREEN – ICT for Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods
IREEN is a strategy project which examines the ways that ICT for energy efficient and performance can be extended beyond individual homes and buildings to the wider context of neighbourhoods and communities.
IREEN is funded under the EC’s 7th Framework Programme as a Coordination and Support Action. Grant Agreement Number 285627. The project commenced 1st September 2011 for 24 months (August 31st 2013). The project budget is a total of 1,464.5K Euros.
The key aim is to extend the notion of energy positive buildings and by extension, districts and neighbourhoods. “Energy positive” are buildings / areas being those that have the capacity to generate more energy than they use. This can be achieved in three ways:
- Low energy consumption – less than the energy than they have produced over a given time
- Facilitating eco-responsible behaviours
- Consuming low energy over their “life cycle” requiring less energy for their construction and less for the use by users/occupants.