Highlighting Stronghouse successes

01 May 2023 - Published by Deirdre Buist
The Stronghouse project is nearing completion and it's safe to say that the project has really been hitting home in this last phase! Enabling instruments have been developed, implemented and continue to be improved. Neighbourhoods have been activated with targeted campaigns and SMEs and other enterprises are profiting from the expanding market for energy renovation. Together, public and private partners from the economic and social sectors continue to work on the acceleration of the energy transition in cities and rural areas. Stronghouse is well on track to overachieving its targets and we are keen to highlight the latest results!

On submitting the consortium's latest progress report, Stronghouse's overall successes have become increasingly apparent - our numbers are pretty impressive! 

Highlights include:

  • The support  of 20.187 energy renovations throughout the Northsea Region,
  • A saving of 35,5 kilotons of CO2 
  • A homeowners energy renovation investment of a staggering 230 million euro.  

These positive developments partially result from the increased enthousiasm  shared during live partner meetings in the past half year - underlining the importance of these opportunites to inspire each other through a more intensive exchange.

Danish frontrunners

In Sonderborg, Denmark, the partners  learned how ProjectZero has become a frontrunner in terms of energy renovation and how the organization continues  to hold  a leading position in the European energy transition. By sharing their extensive  experience with district heating, together with the joint efforts of Gate21 and ProjectZero to enlarge these networks, the Danish partners approach was motivational and energizing. 


Stronghouse results so far show the number of energy renovations implemented and CO2 emissions reduced

Targeted support measures

During the  lasest partner meeting in Aberdeen (UK) in January, the focus was on the technical challenges homeowners potentially face at the end of their Customer Journey. There are many ways to renovate, not all of them equally effective and some with questionable side-effects. The consortium learned that targeted support should be based on homeowners’ wishes, technical possibilities and effective public (financial) support. Here, the great technical expertise and research capabilities of the Robert Gordon University was especially valuable.


Another source of inspiration was the shared attention for Energy Poverty, a subject which has become increasingly important. The gap between policy makers, advisors, and professionals on the one hand, and homeowners at risk of energy poverty on the other, is large. Here, the methodoly of Stronghouse Personas  is urgently needed. Transnational exchange already established extra awareness and helped to develop  more targeted and more effective support locally.

Enabling instruments 

Meanwhile, the development and improvement of enabling instruments continued. E.ON's digital instruments, giving homeowners ‘agency’ over their consumption,  deserves a special mention -  as does the overview of the (ever growing) grant and subsidy schemes developed by NMFD. Meanwhile, Drenthe continues to work on combining data from different stakeholders with a view to  increasing efficiency and improving the learning culture  among public and private partners.

Inspiring neighbourhood approaches

In terms of Stronghouse's  neighbourhood approach, the Danish district heating examples mentioned earlier, inspired new, long-term plans for many partners. Meanwhile  in Roeselare  and Noordenveld, increased community awareness regarding consumption and renovation options was powered by thermographic pictures, following the best practices developed by Flemish partner IGEMO. And then there's the  development of the Hoogeveen hydrogen neighbourhood which  really  is next level. This provides not only relevant learnings about the implementation of hydrogen heating, but also about the position of neighbourhoods in large-scale renewable energy production networks and markets. 


The latest Stronghouse report illustrates the staggering investments generated.

SMEs & market access

After three years, Stronghouse now sees that market-access is not the main challenge facing SMEs and other enterprises in the field of energy renovation. Currently, the greatest challenge is finding enough skilled professionals to do the work and using human and material resources more efficiently. Here the Stronghouse customer journey approach and culture of cooperation informed shared learning in Drenthe, with FORS, and elsewhere. IGEMO’s work on an online quota tool is set to increase efficiency for homeowners and SMEs, while  training courses designed by Linnaeus University, Vives and ProjectZero  increase knowledge and expertise.

Adopting measures for succes

Finally, the success of all these efforts and their results depends on adopting measures - a constant factor in everything Stronghouse partners do. The lessons learned, tools used (such as Personas and the Customer Journey)  and our many best practices are shared through the Stronghouse website and, increasingly,  through the growing number of e-learning courses which follow the stages of the Stronghouse customer journey.