Roots of smood® Part I:

The roots of smood® lie in effort, an innovative method for integrated neighborhood concepts developed by a group of Thuringian engineers and scientists between 2013 and 2015.

effort is a tool that can be used to plan the optimal mix of energy supply in conjunction with a spatially and functionally sustainable development for the neighborhood (‘Integrated Neighborhood Concept’).

All indicators required for this are brought together and linked in a GIS-based model. A total of 142 indicators in 22 sets were selected from the perspective of the subject areas:  Resources, Ecology, Mobility, Architecture, Urban Planning as well as Energy and Building Technology appear essential for sustainable neighborhood development and with which development scenarios can be validly evaluated.

The evaluation of sustainability is carried out in the dimensions: Ecology, Economy and Social and can be visualized with the help of the specially developed ‘effort – sun’, in which all spatially deposited evaluation criteria / indicators are united.

In the effort – neighborhood atlas‘ all essential results of the transdisciplinary analysis and conception for the energetic redevelopment of the investigated neighborhood are summarized.

The developed urban model provides the basis for the derivation of measures. These measures are stored in a catalog of measures and are based on the respective classification of the degree of fulfillment of the sustainability of the corresponding set of indicators. With the presentation of the effects of the packages of measures on the indicators, a prognostic description of the status of the energetically converted neighborhood can be made.

effort as a novel tool for sustainability-based integrated neighborhood concepts does not replace the expertise of the engineers involved, but combines it into a complex instrument that allows the implementation of a systemic view into the subsequent planning, implementation and operation (= tasks and contents of smood®).

The Integrated Neighborhood Concepts developed so far with effort reflect the heterogeneities, but also the great potentials of the existing neighborhoods in our cities. With the derived measures, enormous improvements in terms of energy demand and CO2 balance are achieved.

Fig.: Application of the effort method to a concrete neighborhood in Dresden.
(Source: EnergieWerkStadt® eG, 2018)

The project effort was funded by the BMBF (“Unternehmen Region – Wachstumskern Potenzial”)

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Roselt K, I Quaas, D Genske, U Klawonn, L Männel, A Reich, A Ruff, M Schwarze (2015): ‘effort’ (energy efficiency on-site) – a new method for planning and realization of energy-efficient neighbourhoods under the aspects of sustainability. – ScienceDirect – Procedia Engineering 118 ( 2015 ) 1288 – 1295