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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.
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?
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.