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PROBONO will deliver five Green Building Neighbourhoods Transition Acceleration Enablers. These Enablers will assist Green Building Neighbourhoods to reach zero emission and energy-positive levels by 2030 and deliver positive ratings for efficiency KPIs associated with the innovations.

ENABLER 1: Green Building Neighbourhoods Strategic Planning

One of the main objectives of PROBONO is to become representative EU exemplars for other EU member states. In pursuit of this objective, the project should be able to measure where it is, instrument the progress towards the target Green Building Neighbourhood KPIs, apply continuous measurements and evidence these measurements over time.


Therefore, the project will provide innovative Green Building Neighbourhood strategic analysis tools and a decision support system which will consist of the key artefacts such as a Neighbourhood Sustainability Platform for promoting local ownership and ongoing stakeholder engagement, analysis of the impact of nature-based solutions on people’s health and wellbeing, analysis of climate adaptation of resilience, a comprehensive Neighbourhood Sustainability Indicators Database, etc.

Enabler 1
Enabler 2

ENABLER 2: Social Engagement and Innovation clusters

Although successful societal change depends on the active participation of all stakeholders and citizens, this involvement in Green Building Neighbourhood initiatives has not been successfully achieved due to the techno-centricity of previous approaches, which prioritize the enabling technology and network system considerations.


One of the main objectives of PROBONO is to challenge this techno-centric approach and argue that Green Building Neighbourhood technologies should emerge from the needs and expectations of citizens and stakeholders.

Read more about Social and Behavioural Innovation 

Enabler 3

ENABLER 3: Green Building Neighbourhood Construction & Renovation

PROBONO project will provide a focused set of innovative solutions matching initial Living Labs requirements for sustainable and smart construction and renovation. These innovative solutions will include (a) Green Building Neighbourhood insulation and green and cool roof-centric innovations, (b) Green Building Neighbourhood-related construction and lifecycle blueprints, processes and controls including robots, GBN building materials / upcycling and social distancing measures considering epidemiology risks.

Enabler 4

ENABLER 4: Green Building Neighbourhood Green Energy Monitoring

One of the main energy objectives for Green Building Neighbourhoods is to be supplied with as much as possible locally generated renewable energy at the lowest possible cost by determining a cost-optimal balance between the efficiency standard of the buildings and the expenditure for climate-neutral energy supply.


PROBONO will utilize the urban energy system model KomMod48 49 from FRHF, which has been used in more than 20 international projects and will improve it for optimizing energy systems of Green Building Neighbourhoods.


For realizing this model, comprehensive data on the expected future energy demand of the LLs, the potential for generating renewable energy, the potential of biomass, wind and hydropower in the region, and the available energy technologies with their expected future costs and efficiencies will be collected. With this input data, the optimal energy system design will be modelled with the data for the energy generators, the energy converters and storage (KomMod).

Enabler 5

Enabler 5: Green Building Neighbourhoods Digitalisation Platform - Digital Twins

DTs are realistic digital representations of physical artefacts that enable improved insights, that support better decision-making, and lead to better outcomes in the physical world. Thus, based on knowledge gained from previous EU-funded R&I projects, PROBONO has placed DTs at the heart of its approach for supporting Green Building Neighbourhood strategic planning, design, manufacture, construction, and operation.


The Green Building Neighbourhood DT high-level architecture highlights 3 main components. The Intelligent Green Building Neighbourhoods subsystems, Monitoring Control Connectors, monitor and control a specific Green Building Neighbourhood subsystem and handle the data through custom algorithms. Green Building Neighbourhood-DT Common Data Space and GBN Open Knowledge Base manages the exchanges of the data.


The Green Building Neighbourhood Modelling, Analysis, Simulation and Optimization Tools utilize outputs of the PROBONO models library and proprietary BIM models. Controlling and sharing of data is used for the construction industry, adopting collaborative eco-design development practices as well as developing new types of partnerships between actors, such as in the obligation to manage risks or in the development of BIM.

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