Overview and analysis of relevant projects and apps linked to THE4BEES

The project THE4BEES aims at reducing GHG emissions and energy consumption in buildings through more efficient behaviours, thanks to innovative awareness raising actions and through the support of ICT tools jointly designed by users, decision makers and actors of innovation.


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THE4BEES builds on the hypothesis: Energy is consumed by people rather than by buildings. Although most of the strategies to achieve energy efficiency in buildings focus on technical mitigation measures to reach the ambitious goals on Low Carbon set by EU and Alpine Strategy (AS), both structural and soft approaches shall be considered in a complementary way across the AS area. THE4BEES focuses on the behavioural changes of users in public and private buildings needed to achieve reduction of energy consumption.

Awareness is the basis of behaviour change and awareness raising is the core of the overall project concept. This work package has the objective to consolidate and grow knowledge on the relationships among behavioural changes, energy efficiency, carbon emissions and the benefit of ICT, consistently with art.12 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Within this report past and running projects whose results can be capitalized by THE4BEES are presented and analysed. This inventory includes projects from national and EU programmes and local initiatives. As the focus of THE4BEES project is on ICT tools, not only relevant projects were identified but also apps that could serve as basis or useful example for our works. The results will be discussed among project partners and in the CCLabs, to develop effective methods and tools to reach a large number of energy users and maximize the impact.

In order to gather valuable information on EU and national level about relevant projects on behaviour and energy issues, a template was prepared and distributed among all partners within the project team (figure 1). Every partner made a research on possibly relevant projects so that we now have a database of interesting projects about the topics of THE4BEES project.

Methodological framework for CCLabs

THE4BEES project builds on the hypothesis: Energy is consumed by people rather than by buildings. To approach this hypothesis, the project will focus on behavioural change of users in public buildings. It will be based on an inclusive collaborative approach traditionally addressed as open innovation. More specifically it will introduce Co-creation labs, a form of labs evolving from the Living Labs methodology.


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In the existing literature the therm Co-creation lab is not yet in place as a specific method. Instead there exist vast theory on living labs and co-creation techniques, but not on “Co-creation labs”. Co-creation labs term, is usually used as an adjective to the specific open innovation place, usually run by a specific institution - for example “BMW Group Co-Creation Lab”. Within THE4BEES project the “co-creation labs” term will be used as a place, where co-creation will be implemented. Co-creation will follow general method (PLEASS method) and will be more specified in each region’s CCLab plans – served as an action plans. Co-creation labs should therefore be understood as an open-innovation arena, where inclusive activities from all technical work packages will take place. 

Co-creation labs (CCLabs) will be established in each of 7 pilot regions:

  • Piedmont, Alpine Huts and Lodges in Susa/Chisone Valleys, Managers/Tourists/Students
  • Lombardy, Social Houses in Sondrio, Tenants/Building Managers
  • Rhone-Alpes, High Schools, Teachers/Students
  • Salzburg, High Schools, Teachers/Students
  • Savinjska, Saleska and Koroska, High School in Velenje, Teachers/Students
  • Fribourg, BlueFactory Co-working space, startuppers/researchers
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg, Factories in BWCON cluster, Managers/Employees.


CCLabs should be understood as an organizational form using the same principles and building upon the same methodological guidelines, but they will differ one from another due to the different content and stakeholder reality, as well as the different groups they are addressing.

The proposed methodological guidelines will help the CCLabs to prepare their individual Action plan (CCLabs Plan D.3.1.2), where each co-creation reality will be addressed more specifically. The Action plans will serve as roadmaps for working with target groups and achieve project results.