Green Leap has received 8 million SEK from the Swedish Energy Agency for a project on design for a socially inclusive energy-efficiency in the sustainable city. The main focus will be to develop design experiments that explores alternative ways to build sustainably with a larger focus on sustainable everyday practices rather than technical efficiency.
In the project Beyond Efficiency, we want to investigate how the concept of energy efficiency can be further developed in relation to the everyday habits encouraged by the design of the built environment. How has energy efficiency been expressed in past sustainability efforts and could these aspirations be better implemented in future environments so that sustainable habits are made possible in relation to the technical progress? We will analyze several areas which differ in character in terms of for example degree of "completion" and residents' socio-economic status.
The project's interdisciplinary research team will produce concrete design proposals on objects and environments with a focus on the physical form that examines how people to a higher extent could be encouraged to live sustainably with a focus on how we produce, use and relate to energy in everyday life. The outcome will be used for a series of workshops and seminars with stakeholders.
The project is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and will be ongoing untill April 2020.