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The scope of the Annex 51 Energy Efficient Communities: Case Studies and Strategic Guidance for Urban Decision Makers covers the design of long-term energy conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation strategies and their continuous optimisation either on a community level or on the level of a municipal quarter.

A holistic approach is decisive for the spectrum of measures that are to be developed - comprehending generation, supply, transport and use/demand of energy and considering short-term as well as long-term measures - in order to ensure the best possible economic efficiency for the community.

Another part of this approach is the use of modern management methods using delegation of responsibilities, marketing and conflict resolution, as described in the ALEP (Advanced Local Energy Planning) guidebook of Annex 33.


The objectives of this Annex are:

    (1) To use an integrated and multidisciplinary approach as a basis for providing tools, guidelines, recommen-dations, best-practice examples and background material for designers and decision makers in all fields;

    (2) To enable communities to set up sustainable and secure urban energy structures and identify the specific actions necessary to reach ambitious GHG-reduction goals;

    (3) To transfer these experiences to other communities and enable them to establish their own local strategy in order to reach their desired sustainability goals.

The addressed players are planners, decision makers on urban investments (buildings, infrastructure and commercial estates) and local administrations.

The novelty of the approach lies not in technical innovations, as is the case with most other ECBCS projects, but in exploring effective paths that implement these innovations in communities with an increased rate.


The project will be structured according to the following four subtasks:

Subtask A: Methods and Design Tools for Energy Efficient Communities

Subtask B: Case-studies I Local Energy Planning for City Quarters or Neighbourhoods and Implementation

Subtask C: Case studies II Integrated Energy Planning for Communities and Implementation Strategies

Subtask D: Knowledge Transfer and Dissemination


Annex 51 - scheme of the flow of information in Annex 51

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