In-depth Assessment

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What is the need for an independent assessment?

The transition to a sustainable built environment is a transition that requires new approaches and technologies, different perspectives and new collaborations in urban development. There is a clear demand from local authorities, housing corporations and developers for sustainable solutions in urban development, and there is a supply of innovative solutions as well. Providers of sustainable innovations, such as construction companies, architects or technical suppliers, have shown that large scale sustainability in the built environment is not only technologically and organisationally possible, but also offers interesting business opportunities.

Decision-makers, however, struggle with uncertainty regarding the impact and economic feasibility of innovative solutions. Combined with the expectation of higher initial investments and related extended payback periods, there is a reluctance to invest in new and innovative sustainable urban development projects.
Moreover, decision-makers such as local authorities and housing corporations, have insufficient resources or overview to identify appropriate innovative solutions for their demands. Investments are often based on incomplete knowledge about the available solutions in the market or on the basis of previous collaboration. Instead, the wheel is often reinvented at disproportional costs and with unnecessary delays in development. Similarly, solutions that do not work are unknown and repeated at cost.

Who benefits from an independent assessment?

The methodology was developed to contribute to the confidence and trust in suppliers of sustainable innovations. Eurbanlab allows investors in sustainable urban innovations, such as housing corporations or municipalities, to get a quick and comprehensive insight into the impact and applicability of urban innovations. By doing so, the B4U will help decision-makers to select the right innovative solutions for the local context.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs and suppliers of sustainable solutions (such as construction companies, providers of urban services) can use the methodology to learn from past projects and improve future projects. The tool provides insight into what has been achieved, whilst at the same time evaluating the process of how it has been achieved. For successful urban innovations that increase the sustainability of the built environment and have the potential to be widely applied in other contexts, the B4U will provide in a validation of the methods, concepts or techniques that are offered on the market.

When applying the tool to project proposals, entrepreneurs and developers will get an overview of the expected sustainability impact, the quality of the planned process to achieve those results, as well as the factors that can accelerate or impede its further implementation. This allows for projects plans to be adjusted in an early stage of the development in order to achieve maximum results and cost-savings.

What are the advantages of an independent and in-depth assessment?

  • Holistic approach

    Eurbanlab takes an holistic approach in its evaluation by looking at environmental, social, economic and process indicators, as well as the potential for propagation.
    Whereas most tools in urban development either determine the economic feasibility of projects or the environmental impact, the Eurbanlab methodology takes an holistic approach in its evaluation. The assessment method helps stakeholders to get a clear overview of what they have achieved in terms of environmental, social and economic impacts. Moreover, the method includes the socio-political-economic process by which innovations are implemented in the analysis as well. The method therefore combines a technical quantitative analysis and a business plan assessment, a combination of dimensions which are usually proposed separately to users.

  • Versatile assessment method

    It is a versatile tool that can be used by decision-makers as well as entrepreneurs of urban innovations.
    For entrepreneurs or suppliers of urban innovations such as construction companies, architects or developers, the B4U can be used as a learning tool as well as a validation of the offered methods or techniques. For decision-makers, the Eurbanlab methodology has the advantage to provide a quick insight into the sustainability impact of urban innovations as well as their applicability in the local context.

  • Benchmarking against other successful innovations

    Benchmarking is provided with other successful urban innovations, rather than a fixed sustainability target, thereby providing insight into the sustainability performance against other innovative solutions that are available on the market.
    The B4U ‘learns’ from other projects and measures outcomes against other successful urban innovations, rather than a fixed target. In other words, the B4U shows stakeholders how a specific urban innovation scores compared to what is available on the market. This provides entrepreneurs with insight into their performance on the market and opportunities to improve, as well as providing investors with examples of other solutions that might be better suited for their needs.

  • An independent assessment report

    The in-depth assessments include a full report in which a description of the innovation, an overview of its impact, lessons learnt, and requirements for further propagation are discussed.

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Required data

The Eurbanlab B4U uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative indicators, as well as descriptive data, for a full assessment. In-depth assessments are carried out by Eurbanlab certified assessors who base their assessments on experience and inputs from stakeholders in the project such as the architect, construction company, municipality and/or tenants, as well as project reports and site-visits.
The indicators typically require data such as energy use in kWh, tonnes of CO2 emissions, percentage of sustainable materials used, and qualitative expert scores. The description based assessment looks at the quality of the business case and specific barriers or opportunities due to the specific context. Assessors analyse the planning context (financial, governance, socio-economic), the development process and the business case, to determine specific barriers or opportunities due to the context and characteristics of the innovation itself, that can support or inhibit further propagation of the innovation.

In order to assess your urban innovation we will thus need you to provide us the necessary data through reports and interviews with key employees and possible project partners.

The price depends on the type and complexity of innovation and the amount of readily accessible information.

Reduced assessment fees apply for 2016!

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