Methodology

AFTER project followed a three steps approach

1. Retrospective analysis of the performance of experienced energy saving measures

The first steps consisted in identifying innovative and best energy saving measures (ESM) that should be generalized. This objective required a deep analysis of the overall and real performance of the measures already implemented by participating housing companies since last 5 years from economic, environmental and social points of view.
An inventory of  new innovative solutions has been created, through the analysis of other SHO practices on a comparable and trustworthy basis.
The best energy saving measures We will thenhave been selected by the consortium, concerning maintenance and eco-empowerment of tenants. This led to the design of “optimal standard ESM”.

2. Improvement and testing phase

During the second phase, AFTER project partners heve tested these optimized ESM “live” on sites. The impact of ESM implemented on testing sites has been monitored during at least one heating season.

3. Evaluation and roll out of the measures

The third and last phase consisted in evaluating and improving the tested ESM. These “improved ESM”  are being  implemented in the whole housing stock of the participating companies. In this last phase, dissemination activities ensured that optimized ESM are known by European housing companies outside from the project consortium so they can follow AFTER project members’ example.