The project


The project
    The Høje Taastrup Community
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    The Kortrijk Community
    Key figures for Kortrijk Community
    The Birstonas Community
    Key figures for Birstonas Community


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The Concerto initiative


The Høje Taastrup Community

The Høje Taastrup development area

The Høje Taastrup development area.
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The vision plan of Høje-Taastrup Municipality was adopted by its local communities to improve quality of life by prioritizing health, exercise, recreation and sustainable town development, aspects that all should contribute to improved public health and environment. As part of this process, the municipality has updated the climate action plan with objectives of reducing CO2 emission by >2% on a yearly basis for the municipal institutions as well as for the whole municipality as such.

The number of inhabitants in the municipality is approx 46,000. The ECO-Life community demonstration is located in the western area of Høje-Taastrup municipality, including the suburbs of Hedehusene, Fløng and Gammelsø, which currently have a population of 12,000 expected to increase by 6-7,000 persons due to further development of the town area. Thus, the project will affect the daily life of 12-18,000 people living in the town.

The development area

An important aspect of the ECO-Life project is the Gammelsø area of the Concerto community, which is a mixture of green field, old industrial and building area to be transformed to a sustainable CO2 neutral community. The area will be a prototype for sustainable town development, rehabilitation and transformation hosting several experimental solutions. The ECO-Life community areas of Fløng and Hedehusene are characterised by existing buildings, dwellings and single-family houses mostly built since the 1960s. The energy efficiency of the houses to be refurbished will be improved by about 50%.

Energy efficiency and energy savings in buildings

According to the plan of the Vision area, the station centre will be renovated and extended, and the industrial area of 100,000 m2, where an old concrete factory was situated, will be converted into a commercial and housing area. Moreover, another area of 100,000 m2 will also be converted into a housing and institution area, with partial renovation and reconstruction of the old industrial buildings.

Finally, adjacent undeveloped areas, owned by the municipality, will be developed for housing, initially 400,000 m2 and later on further 800,000 m2. There will be a large variety of houses from multi-flat houses in 4-12 stories, city houses, over dense terraced houses in 2-3 storey houses to single /double houses housing for domestic, commercial and institutional use. The intention is to include around 2,500 dwellings in phases 1 and 2.

Low energy houses and refurbishments

The buildings on the sites owned by the municipality will be developed for low-energy standard and some of them will be passive houses and even plus-energy houses. For the buildings in existing areas, efforts will focus on developing ESCO services, support and financing mechanisms aimed at improving energy efficiency and RES level of around 27,000 m2 of buildings.

The test house: Energy Flex house

The main energy-efficiency solutions applied have been tested and adjusted prior to application to ensure that they are user-friendly and effective. This will be done in the nearby Energy Flex House at the Danish Technological Institute, which is a facility for the development, testing and demonstration of integrated innovative energy solutions for the built environment, i.e. solutions where the interaction of buildings, installations, users and overall energy system are crucial for the adaptation, usage and actual performance of otherwise well-documented single technologies.

Renewable energy supply

The ECO-Life community is supplied partly by district heating and partly by individual heat solutions. Just beside the area, a (95/55ºC) transmission pipe owned by the transmission company VEKS is located. The intention is to utilize this for energy exchange in the system, so that the return heat from the VEKS pipe is used again in a low-temperature district heating network operating at 53/25ºC to supply the new building areas.

As far as electricity is concerned, emphasis has first and foremost been put on promoting energy-efficient solutions, installations, controls etc., which can reduce the electricity consumption at all levels, including street lighting. Then, different types of renewable energy for production have been implemented, including 1 wind turbine to be monitored as well as application of building integrated solar cells.

Another element in the energy supply of the overall community is the use of separated organic waste for biogasification. The biogas will be used in public transport and for generation of electricity and district heating at a higher power-to-heat ratio than incineration of the residual in a large new waste-to-energy facility that will be built during the project period.

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If you have any questions about our project, please contact:

Reto M. Hummelshøj
Project coordinator (DK)
E-mail: Reto M. Hummelshøj

Phone: +45 5640 2766

Ilse Piers
Local coordinator (BE)
E-mail: Ilse Piers

Jolanta Žaltkauskiene
Local coordinator (LT)
E-mail: Jolanta Žaltkauskiene


Høje Taastrup Community
Kortrijk Community
Birstonas Community