Defining Neighbourhoods with GIS

19 November 2020 - Published by Deirdre Buist 2
Belgian partner IGEMO supports local authorities and homeowners in six different municipalities to reduce C02 emissions and implement energy-saving measures. Within the context of Stronghouse this intermunicipal association is currently defining the neighbourhoods where they aim to focus on thermographic scanning.

Detailed data on a house level, including year built etc., has been used to generate GIS maps for each of the participating municipalities. This data is compared to the information gathered in a previous IGEMO project, See2Do! New actions will be undertaken depending on the size, age and typology of the neighbourhood, all this in agreement with the local municipality.

Thermo-car

IGEMO wants to use a ‘thermo-car’ in the old town centres where houses are more difficult to renovate. Using a thermocar is a great communication tool when creating initial awareness amongst homeowners – particularly those more difficult to reach. But to start off, Thermo-scan Volunteers are working this winter in neighbourhoods built between 1970-1990, where there’s more uniformity in typology. Then the focus will be on neighbourhoods around schools that are keen to participate in the project.

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Comparing approaches

Ultimately. IGEMO hopes to unite homeowners  facing the same renovation stumbling blocks and thus generate lots of renovation leads for (small) group purchases.

This neighbourhood approach, using GIS,  thermographic scans and volunteers, offers interesting comparisons to the approach in other partners pilot areas, such as Noordenveld in the Province of Drenthe.