Interactive database for mapping and comparing PED experiences around Europe

Giulia Turci is an architect and she is currently enrolled as a PhD student at Bologna University in the field of Architecture Technology.

The purpose of the Virtual Mobility (VM) was to collaborate within ‘PED-EU-NET’ COST Action to acquire information, data and tools for the development of an interactive, updatable and user-friendly PED-Database. The Database was conceived as a tool that allows to map and compare existing concepts, strategies, case studies, projects and innovative solutions related to Positive Energy Districts in order to favour their planning and implementation in European countries. Through the analysis of different international experiences and through the participation in interactive and multidisciplinary meetings and workshops, the VM offered methodological and operative support in the definition of the PED-Database structure and, at the same time, allowed Giulia to improve her research skills, deepen PEDs knowledge and enrich her experience as a researcher.
Methodologically, the VM took advantage of a continuous and fruitful collaboration among a core team of experts with an interdisciplinary background, who have collaborated continuously on the development of the PED-Database. The work can be summarised in two main phases. In the first one, the team focused on the definition of a shared and comprehensive framework for PED-Database development, while in the second one, a list of PED relevant initiatives and projects in which COST members were involved was analysed and a screening was performed following some predefined categories and parameters. 
The result is the definition of a Database that aims to raise awareness on PEDs by exchanging best practices on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these districts, by transferring knowledge of innovative solutions and by connecting this COST Action with other PED-related EU projects and initiatives to synthesise experiences and consolidate expertise.

For additional information please feel free to contact Giulia Turci: giulia.turci3@unibo.it

Latest Updates

This COST Action (PED-EU-NET) encourages Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). STSMs are research visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives...
Virtual Mobility Grants (VMGs) are part of the new Virtual Networking Tools, which aim to develop skills and capacities through virtual collaboration between researchers across Europe. VMGs foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations by sharing...
During 29-30 June 2023 in Lisbon, PED-EU-NET is pleased to host a conference on Energy in Built Environment: Climate driven solutions for next generation EU cities. This event convenes diverse actors to advance urban energy transformation.
Please consider applying to one of the 2023 STSM Hosting Proposals put forward by Action partner institution DTU. Download
COST Action CA19126 PED-EU-NET Positive Energy Districts European Network Training School Call for Applicants “Implementing Positive Energy Districts (PED). Learning from Zürich” 17-21 September 2023, ZHAW Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Facility Management, Zürich, Switzerland
COST Action PED-EU-NET Conference ‘Energy in Built Environment: Climate-Driven Solutions for Next Generation EU Cities’Lisbon, 29-30 June 2023
Title: Indicators for regenerative, positive energy district renovation Overview The performance of PED developments is measured by defining Keys Performance Indicators (KPIs). Currently several existing KPI systems are available for sustainable developments, and some exist for regenerative developments...
Title: PED task force for PED framework development Overview The goal of this STSM was setting up a framework for policy/regulatory/economic PED + data collection on national frameworks. The working plan was divided into four phases. In the...
Please consider applying to this VM Collaboration Proposal put forward by Demir and CVUT.
Virtual Mobility Grants (VMGs) are part of the new Virtual Networking Tools, which aim to develop skills and capacities through virtual collaboration between researchers across Europe. VMGs foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations by sharing...
Please consider applying to one of the 2023 STSM Hosting Proposals put forward by Action partner institutions ABUD, CVUT and Dalarna University
This COST Action (PED-EU-NET) encourages Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). STSMs are research visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives...
Read the third instalment of updates from PED-EU-NET, with a wrap-up of Action activities during 2022, overview of upcoming activities during 2023, and lots of exciting news related to Positive Energy Districts and more!
Title: Towards a sustainability assessment of Positive Energy Districts: methodologies, case studies and applications Overview An overview of relevant PEDs real cases will be provided, showing 3 different aspects with regards to environmental challenges for energy cities, and...
Title: Alignment of Parameters with Pioneer Initiatives (IEA EBC Annex 83, JPI Urban Europe) for the Comprehensive PED Database Overview WG1 (PED Mapping, Characterization and Learning) aims at mapping concepts, strategies, best practices, technological and non-technological innovations related...
Overview After a long period of the pandemic, the grantee found the chance to meet with several researchers / experts that are already collaborating for the development of the PED Database that is being generated under CA19126 PED...
Title: Process learning in energy transition: Czech Technical University – University of Manchester Overview Tomáš Vácha collaborated with professor J. Evans on the topic of process learning and innovation management in urban innovation and energy transition in the...
PED-EU-NET convened researchers, policymakers and administrators from across Europe at its PED Conference in Amsterdam in June 2022. We exchanged ideas, gained novel insights, and learned from excursions to local PED sites. An online pre-planning meeting ensured the...
3-5 October 2022, Dalarna University, Borlänge, Sweden As part of the dissemination activities coordinated by WG4 “Dissemination, Outreach, and Exploitation”, and with the financial support of the European Union, thirty-tree members of the Action CA19126 “Positive Energy Districts...
For a special issue of the Norwegian Journal of Geography Stavanger, Norway – 24 & 25 March 2022 Workshop programme Note on format: We devote 45 minutes to each paper, with three papers per 150-minute session, and 5-10 minute...