POC GAC, Active Consumption Management
What is the energy today?
“Energy efficiency community” neighbourhood
The GAC (Gestion Active des Consommations) research project, or “Active Consumption Management”, aims to explore how neighbourhoods might collaboratively manage their consumption of locally produced energy, to become flexible and active “energy efficiency communities”.
A research consortium led by the firm GreenWatch, funded by Belgium’s Walloon Region, is seeking to develop an app that would help households avoid using their washing machine at the same time as their neighbours, or let them program their dishwasher at the most suitable times, to get the most out of the electricity produced by the surrounding photovoltaic panels.
Institut de Gestion de l’Environnement et de l’Aménagement du Territoire de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and Strategic Design Scenarios lab have implemented a co-design process within 49 volunteering households in a neighbourhood of Wavre: how do you prompt people to care about coordinating their energy use with their neighbours? Appointing a “dishwasher time” in a calendar, consulting today’s “weather-energy”, checking the neighbourhood’s “consumption map”… the app’s design explores how to establish new daily routines.
What seems to emerge is the practice of checking your “energy clock” in order to see “what energy is there now”. The app, still in the process of finalisation, will be tested in 2021 to assess whether it succeeds in transforming sustainably household habits and reduce their collective impact on the environment.
- Holders: Greenwatch
- Designer: Strategic Design Scenarios
- Stakeholders: AREWAL, CETIC, Haulogy, Institut de Gestion de l’Environnement et de l’Aménagement du Territoire de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Photo credits : Strategic Design Scenarios, POC GAC, Active Consumption Management