The e-co-housing project aims to develop and test tools supporting a participatory process from the design brief to the real operation of a housing project (e.g. neighbourhood construction, apartment building renovation). The partners are IFIB (Germany), SINTEF (Norway), DHV (The Netherlands), GTM (France) and ARMINES/ENSMP (France, coordinator).
Methods for innovative property development (e.g. co-housing, accounting tools) and decision making (sustainability indicators), design tools (energy and life cycle simulation), guidelines (design brief, architectural and technical design, commissioning and operation) have been developed, implemented through a life cycle based communication and management platform, and tested in two application projects : Svartlamon (Norway) and Montreuil (France). Cluster activities with another European project, Solanova, allow some tools to be tested in a third project situated in Dunaujvaros (Hungary).