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The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities - Living Labs

The post-doctoral research is concerned with the design, use and impact of living labs in contexts in Norway that plan to become zero emission neighbourhoods. Living labs may broadly be described as bottom-up experiments with a strong focus on user involvement and an intention to develop innovative solutions and/ or to achieve sustainable transitions. The term living lab is much in use to describe and promote citizen participation in real-life contexts. Living labs are characterised by a methodological openness that allows them to establish a form and develop tools that are site specific and associated with the real-life challenges that users are dealing with. In addition to being characterised by user participation and a real-life context, living labs are planned experiments and iterative learning is an important component. These characteristics form a framework to work with within neighbourhood contexts provided by the ZEN Centre, The Centre for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN).

Within the framework of ZEN, living labs should promote sustainable transitions in the built environment and be relevant for the overall goal of the ZEN Centre,

to enable the transition to low carbon society by developing sustainable neighbourhoods with zero greenhouse gas emissions. The centre will speed up decarbonisation of the building stock (existing and new), use more renewable energy sources and create positive synergies among the building stock, energy, ICT and mobility systems and citizens.

The living lab experiments developed should contribute positively to seven ZEN pilot neighbourhoods; Ydalir in Elverum, Furuset in Oslo, NyBy in Bodø, the Knowledge Axis in Trondheim, Zero Village Bergen, the site of the NRK building in Steinkjer and Campus Evenstad in Hedmark. The neighbourhoods are located within different climate zones, have varying sizes, ambitions and user groups. The design of a ZEN living lab has to account for ZEN’s overall goals, but also for the possibilities and constraints that characterise the neighbourhoods. It should take the users’ own goals as a starting point, but offer a critical reflection of these goals. Follow-up analyses will consider the impact of living labs on the neighbourhoods.











































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  • Klakegg, Ole Jonny; Kjølle, Kari; Mehaug, Cecilie Gillesen; Olsson, Nils; Shiferaw, Asmamaw Tadege; Woods, Ruth. (2013) 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, Trondheim, June 12-14, 2013. Akademika forlag. 2013. ISBN 978-82-321-0273-0.
  • Woods, Ruth. (2008) Cities of the Future, Apolonija Sustersic: The Social Life of a Sandpit: Discussing Urban Redevelopment. 2008. ISBN 978-82-997847-0-2.

Del av bok/rapport

  • De Groote, Maarten; Bointner, Raphael; Toleikyte, Agne; Haase, Matthias; Woods, Ruth. (2016) CommONEnergy – Transforming shopping malls into lighthouses of energy efficient architectures. 9th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities. IEECB&SC'16.
  • Woods, Ruth; Berker, Thomas; Korsnes, Marius. (2016) Making a home in Living Lab: the limitations and potentials associated with living in a research laboratory. Proceedings of the Demand Centre Conference 2016 [online articles].
  • Haase, Matthias; Skeie, Kristian Stenerud; Woods, Ruth. (2015) Customer behaviour and energy use in European shopping centres. FARU Proceedings - 2015 8th FARU International Conference 'Making built environments responsive'.
  • Haase, Matthias; Skeie, Kristian Stenerud; Woods, Ruth. (2014) Systemic inefficiencies in retail buildings in Norway. Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Building Conference (IEECB’14).
  • Haase, Matthias; Woods, Ruth; Homolka, Sarah; Schneider, Sarah; Gantner, Johannes. (2014) Sustainability assessment of shopping centres. World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference, 28-30 Oct., Barcelona.
  • Haase, Matthias; Woods, Ruth; Skeie, Kristian Stenerud. (2014) Capacities in shopping malls to supply grid services. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference (ISDRC 2014).
  • Kleiven, Tommy; Woods, Ruth; Risholt, Birgit Dagrun. (2014) Retrofitting with prefabricated modules. Stakeholders' views and needs. World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference, 28-30 Oct., Barcelona.
  • Woods, Ruth; Haase, Matthias. (2013) The role of shopping centres in the sustainable transition of neighbourhoods. 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, Trondheim, June 12-14, 2013.
  • Woods, Ruth; Kjølle, Kari; Gullbrekken, Lars. (2013) Sustainable low cost housing for the socially disadvantaged: the Vassneset example. 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, Trondheim, June 12-14, 2013.