In December 2013 the project started with a 2 day Kick-off meeting in Delft. Six months later, this overview gives an update on the progress of the project. 

The key objective of ECODISTR-ICT is to support the sustainable renewal of urban districts. To achieve this, the ECODISTR-ICT consortium develops an open source software platform to support the decision-making process of all stakeholders involved in district renovation.

First of all, this implies that we need a good understanding on the stakeholder requirements for the ECODISTR-ICT tool. Therefore, during the first three months of the project we have gathered stakeholder input for the ECODISTR-ICT tool by means of literature reviews, roleplaying sessions, interviews and a survey with 70 respondents throughout Europe. This resulted in a list of specifications (deliverable 1.1). Gathering this stakeholder input will remain an ongoing process throughout the project, both in the case studies as by means of a stakeholder advisory board, which can be joined by every interested individual.

Working at a district level raises issues concerning the gathering and managing of large amounts of data. In the ECODISTR-ICT project, methods to ease the data collection will be developed, e.g. modeling 3D building geometry based on photographs. So far we have listed the data needs for energy retrofitting such as geometric, semantic, and socio-economic data of the buildings and inhabitants. In addition, providers were identified where possible, and protocols for gathering the data were defined.

Currently, we work on a first survey of existing tools and methods supporting the evaluation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for urban district retrofitting and renewal. This task will be completed by the end of August.

These tasks all contribute to the actual development of the ECODISTR-ICT tool. The functional and technical design of the ECODISTR-ICT software (further referred to as Integrated Decision Support System, abbreviated IDSS) has already started.

Simultaneously, we have selected the final areas where the ECODISTR-ICT tool will be tested. The five case studies will take place in the districts Kiel-west, Antwerp (Belgium); Rubroek, Rotterdam (The Netherlands); Hovsjö, Stockholm (Sweden); Służewiec Przemysłowy, Warschau (Poland) and Campanar, Valencia (Spain). A roadmap for each of these cases is set up that will serve as the methodological framework for the field work in these case studies. Local stakeholders were contacted already for all cases.

Last but not least, the website was launched at the end of February. Visit www.ecodistr-ict.eu and join us on Linked-in or Twitter.

While we continue to work on the development of the IDSS and the preparation of the fieldwork in the case studies, we are already looking forward to the first project event in Valencia later this year.

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