Despite the many subsidies and support to renovation offered by the public authorities, it has to be said that the existing urban districts’ building fabric is being renovated slowly and with difficulty. The SUN project will consequently experiment with another type of intervention, which is based more on the group dynamics, given that this could be an interesting lever for inducing behavioural change.  As a first stage, energy challenges will be organized in the various districts, in order not only to conduct a first wave of raising awareness of the energy question, but also to establish preferential contact with groups of residents. These initiatives should already enable a certain public awareness in relation to energy use to be induced. As a second stage, it will be a question of guiding candidate groups of residents towards a renovation approach, and in particular, towards the insulation of their housing.

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Leader of this action

DuBoLimburg (Belgium)

Operational Team

Energy savings - presentation film

2011-06-16 | Success for Saint Léon'ART

The St Léonard district is home to a vibrant art scene. On the weekend of 6–8 May 2011, the district was transformed into one giant exhibition, and residents and passers-by alike were invited to discover some of the district’s artistic locations, both well known and obscure.

2011-03-21 | St-Léonard looks for shopkeeper

At the end of 2009, a survey was conducted among the residents of the district to better identify what they needed in terms of shops nearby.

The results highlighted that the residents wanted to see specific shops open up such as: an artisan bakery, an organic grocer’s, a sandwich bar, etc.

In February, large screens summarising what was missing in the district were put up in the empty shops in order to encourage such business to move in!

More info and results of this survey can be read on the french page.

2011-03-21 | Sustainable economic plan for Unterstadt

From mid-March, the company Projektplan is starting to draw up a sustainable economic plan for the retail trade location Unterstadt. The town of Eupen is asking business people and the residents of Unterstadt to support the work by taking part in the consultation. Naturally, all information gathered will be subject to data protection and remain anonymous. Those behind the project and the interviewers would like to thank you in advance for your kind assistance.

2010-12-09 | A Kiosk in the Temsepark

Upon request of the population, a wooden chalet should be transformed into a kiosk, with a function as meeting place and as a tourist infodesk.  De first discussions already took place and the renovation is planned for the summer of 2011.

2010-05-28 | Drink for Traders in St Léonard

Supported by the SUN project, a new traders committee was created in the St Léonard quarter. On 28 May, they organised a convivial meet-up with drinks to which all traders and customers from the quarter were invited. It was a resounding success!