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FINANCING
Test your Smart City solutions online with the Sinfonia SWOT tool
The SWOT tool developed by EURAC research centre, freely available online, is a self-assessment tool for city administrations to identify opportunities and barriers for the implementation of a Smart City project.
DISTRICT HEATING AND COOLING
New twist in power transformer’s use to heat buildings in Innsbruck
In Innsbruck, the dream of using the excess heat produced by the city’s power transformer became reality in early 2017.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Back to school time for energy efficiency in Central Europe
While a second school is being renovated in Innsbruck as part of the Sinfonia Smart City Initiative, several cities in Central Europe are following the same example.
REFURBISHMENT
Sestao: New outfit for Txabarri Street
In Sestao, five buildings have been selected to participate in the EU-GUGLE Smart City Initiative for energy-efficient building refurbishment. In April, renovation was completed in the first of these buildings.
DISTRICT HEATING AND COOLING
SINFONIA shares knowledge and disseminates first results in Cyprus
The SINFONIA project met in Cyprus on 1 June in Paphos, one of the project's five 'early adopter cities'.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Innsbruck witnesses to its experience in the SINFONIA project
Partners from the pilot city Innsbruck have published an article in a local newspaper on 1 May 2017 to witness to their participation in the SINFONIA project and encourage other cities in Austria and abroad to engage in sustainable and smart urban development.
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DAREED and SINFONIA: the two sides of the energy efficiency coin in Sevilla
On its way to becoming a Smart City, Sevilla has joined forces with other European cities to improve energy efficiency in buildings and increase the share of renewable energy generation in urban areas within two EU-funded projects, DAREED and SINFONIA.
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Cooperating for renovation: how to improve energy efficiency in Tampere limited liability housing companies
Citizen engagement and transparent decision making processes are at the core of the Smart City concept. In Tampere, tenant involvement has been a key factor for the successful renovation of over 32,000 square metres of living space.
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"You just have to use your head". Clever and efficient buildings for everyone
Changing habits requires us to think, and it isn't easy. That's what the participants of the 21st International Passive House Conference in Vienna were challenged with during the opening plenary
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Challenges and solutions for social housing refurbishment in Aachen
Since 2010, the northern district of Aachen is engaged in a vast urban renewal programme aiming to improve the citizens’ quality of life and make the district a vibrant and sustainable place to live.
REFURBISHMENT
SINFONIA shares its experiences in Athens
SINFONIA to take part in 1st Transnational seminar of EMPOWERING project on 4th of April 2017 and share its experiences of district scale energy refurbishment projects.
REFURBISHMENT
How has the IoT changed our cities?
Read our blogpost for the Smart Cities Information System website!   In the past few years, hundreds of cities around the world have become “smart”: or so they tell us. But what does it really mean?
MOBILITY
Trikala moves forward with sustainable mobility
Trikala is planning to set a permanent network of electric vehicles to be used as a public transport system within the city centre.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Register for the “Smart eco-buildings and social housing: from design to reality” workshop!
On 27 April 2017, one day ahead of the International Passive House Conference, SINFONIA and SMARTER TOGETHER project partners will participate in a worshop organised by the EU-GUGLE smart city initiative in Vienna to share results and experiences on smart and sustainable refurbishment solutions for social housing apartment buildings.
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“Smart eco-buildings and social housing – A reality check!” – 27 April 2017 – Vienna
On 27 April 2017, experts from three Smart City projects will hold a joint workshop in Vienna to share results and experiences on smart and sustainable refurbishment solutions.
FINANCING
How to monetize the impact of Smart Cities projects
As cities have become key actors of the energy transition, assessing the benefits of Smart City projects only in terms of energy savings appears to be limited to encompass the real effectiveness of these investments.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Innsbruck testing innovative technologies for biomass gasification
Moving one step forward in its transition to become a Smart City, SINFONIA pilot Innsbruck has installed a novel biomass gasification CHP plant in the neighbourhood of the waste water treatment plant.
REFURBISHMENT
Essen Replication City winner of the European Green Capital Award 2017
The 8th European Green Capital Award has been granted to the city of Essen in Germany – member of the EU-GUGLE and SINFONIA Replication Cluster. 
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Good practices for urban energy planning
“Each city is a unique combination of economic, social, environmental, and institutional conditions, which results in various needs, priorities, and capacities” for the development and implementation of smart energy solutions, say SINFONIA experts in Deliverable 2.2 entitled “Good practice district stimulator”.
REFURBISHMENT
SINFONIA database to foster knowledge exchange on energy efficient solutions
SINFONIA project partners have designed a web-based application allowing the project pilot cities to share good practices for energy efficient renovation with other interested cities.
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The keys of success for Smart City projects
Smart city projects are crucial to the transition towards a low carbon economy in Europe. In that sense, it is of importance to identify the factors of their success as well as their weaknesses to improve the conditions of their implementation and guarantee more efficient results.
MOBILITY
International Conference on Smart Cities and Regions: call for abstract
Between 22 and 24 March 2017, SINFONIA project partner EURAC will organise the second edition of the international conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions aiming to “inspire cities to transition towards a smarter and more sustainable future”.
FINANCING
EURAC highlights the potential of Smart Cities projects in the fight against climate change
SINFONIA project partner EURAC has noted a decrease of European investment in urban innovation, within a newly published study dedicated to the screening of European funding available for Smart Cities projects.
REFURBISHMENT
Successful refurbishment of a residential building in Bratislava
In Bratislava, EU-GUGLE project partners have successfully achieved the renovation of a residential building located on Pavla Horova 17-19.
MOBILITY
The municipality of Pafos on its way to become a smarter city
In line with its participation in the SINFONIA project, the Pafos municipality has made a significant effort to upgrade existing infrastructure and services while creating new solutions to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
REFURBISHMENT
Identifying and exploiting the results of Smart City projects
Three deliverables have recently been published on the “Knowledge Centre” of the SINFONIA website.
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SINFONIA featured in the main Spanish energy efficiency newsletter
The ESEficiencia.es portal, a major source of information on energy efficiency in Spain, has published on its website an article featuring the SINFONIA project on 2 September 2016.
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Bolzano's promotional video online!
Partners from Bolzano/Bozen have released their SINFONIA promotional video. Have a look! 
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Developing into a smart city: a new outfit for social housing in Bolzano
Presentation of the SINFONIA project to improve the energy efficiency of buildings of the City of Bolzano and of the IPES institute
REFURBISHMENT
SINFONIA replication tools presented during EUSEW lunch webinars
At the occasion of the 11thedition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the SINFONIA project participated in a series of webinars about Smart Cities solutions organised by the My Smart City District cluster.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
The 2016 Rosenheim Energy Report in preparation
In 2016 the city of Rosenheim will publish a new report about the enery consumption and enery production based on the year 2015. Initial meetings concerning the accounting took place, and the full report is expected to be published in autumn this year. 
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
The main station of Rosenheim willl be retrofitted- in a smart way!
A reduction of 61 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year is expected.
REFURBISHMENT
Zalau seeks sustainable renovation models for energy efficient building refurbishment
The Municipality of Zalău, located in the North-West of Romania at the feet of the Meses Mountains, has joined the SINFONIA and EU-GUGLE Replication Cluster , furthering the sustainable development of the city.
REFURBISHMENT
Info Day on Smart City Seville: achieving affordable comfort to be held on 10 June
The City of Seville is pleased to invite you to an Information Day on smart urban development on the 10thof June, organised in cooperation with EMASESA as part of the SINFONIA project.
REFURBISHMENT
Second round of tenant meetings in Bolzano
Between the 8thand 10thof March last month, a second round of meetings with tenants was held in Bolzano. Participants were informed of the status of the different energy improvement projects.
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Borås plans its way towards a sustainable future
On 11 February 2016, the city of Borås, early adopter city of the SINFONIA project, has released a brochure introducing its Energy and Climate Strategy by 2035, thus accelerating its efforts on the way to becoming Sweden’s leading environmental municipality. 
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SINFONIA at Conference on Sustainable Renovation Models - Affordable comfort for smarter cities
SINFONIA will participate to the "Conference on Sustainable Renovation Models - Affordable comfort for smarter cities" organised by the city of Aachen on the 22th of April 2016 in the context of the EU-GUGLE project.
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SINFONIA is a ‘Case Study of Excellence’ at SMAU
SINFONIA has been selected as a ‘case study of excellence’ by the SMAU Padua Innovation Award 2016.
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Alba Iulia joined the Replication Cluster
The central Romanian Municipality of Alba Iulia (66.400 inhabitants), located in Transylvania, has joined the Smart Cities Replication Cluster of SINFONIA.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
First renovation completed !
The school “Siegmairschule” completed retrofit works in 2015 developed and commissioned by Innsbrucker Immobilien Gmbh & Co KG, which have resulted in a significant energy efficiency improvement
REFURBISHMENT
Retrofitting launched in two more buildings in Innsbruck
The housing companies Innsbrucker Immobilien Gmbh & Co KG and Neue Heimat Tirol have started the retrofitting of two residential buildings, forming part of the SINFONIA project, in Innsbruck. 
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Bolzano and Innsbruck: Setting an Example for Smart Cities in the Euregio
At the Klimahouse 2016 national trade show for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building, the managers of SINFONIA will present the project’s activities to interested representatives from cities in the Euregio. The event will take place at the Bolzano Fiera, 28 January at 9:00am
REFURBISHMENT
First two local stakeholder meetings held in Bolzano
The first two local stakeholder meetings took place in Bolzano in October and November 2015, wherby internal partners of the Sinfonia project presented specific contributions about the general contents of the project and/or their specific role in it to local stakeholders.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
SINFONIA for pupils – Contribution to the Youth Day of the Young University Innsbruck
On the 6th of November around 300 pupils got in touch with the contents of SINFONIA. During workshops and an ideas competition Tyrolean children and adolescents created ideas on aspects of the Smart City of the future. 
REFURBISHMENT
First deliverable published!
Deliverable 2.1 "SWOT analysis report of the refined concept/baseline" is the first deliverable published by SINFONIA
REFURBISHMENT
International Passive House Days 13-15 November
For three days, Passive House buildings around the world will have their doors open to visitors to show how these buildings and houses work and just how nice it is to live in an efficient and healthy home.
REFURBISHMENT
“Pre-fabricated facades – niche forever or mass market soon?” expert workshop
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and the two EU funded projects EU-GUGLE (www.eu-gugle.eu) and MEEFS (www.meefs-retrofitting.eu) join forces to organised an expert workshop on pre-fabricated facades in Vienna on the 2nd November.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
2nd Smart City Dialog held in Innsbruck
The 2nd Smart City Dialog event with Innsbruck's stakeholders took place on the 24.09.2015, with a focus on energy networks.
REFURBISHMENT
Replication Cluster kicks off in Bolzano
Bolzano (Italy), 27 May 2015 - The Smart Cities Replication Cluster of the SINFONIA and EU-GUGLE projects had a successful kick-off in Bolzano, with cities keen to exchange experiences on energy-efficient refurbishment projects.
SINFONIA at the European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow 4th-5th May 2015. EURAC, Pilot District leader for Bolzano, presented SINFONIA at the European Congress of Local Governments
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Replication Cluster kick-off event in Bolzano
The Replication Cluster kick-off event will take place on the 27th of May in Bolzano. For the first time, it will bring together Demo cities and Replication Cities start exchanging knowledge and ideas on sustainable district refurbishment and engage in long term cooperation.
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The SINFONIA brochure is here !
The new SINFONIA brochure is ready. You can download it HERE ! 
SINFONIA at the KlimaEnergy Fair, 26-28 March, Bolzano
SEL represented SINFONIA at the KlimaEnergy Fair, held in Bolzano, Italy, on the 26-28 March (www.fierabolzano.it/klimaenergy/).
SINFONIA will be at the 19th International Passive House Conference 2015
SINFONIA will be represented at the 19th International Passive House Conference, to be held on the 17-18 April in Leipzig, Germany. The conference is the year's premium Passive House event where thought leaders and innovators from around the world gather and present exemplary projects and solutions.
SINFONIA will be present at KlimaEnergy 2015, 26-28 March Bolzano
SINFONIA will be presented during the next KlimaEnergy event,, to be held on the 26-28 March in Bolzano, Italy. 
REFURBISHMENT
Workshop on energy efficient building materials, Turin, Italy
The ECO-SEE and HIPIN projects will held a joint workshop on Energy Efficient Building Materials on the 10th of March 2015, from 9:30 to 15:00 in Turin, Italy. 
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First progress meeting in Innsbruck
The SINFONIA consortium gathered in Innsbruck on the 25-26 November for its first Progress meeting since the launch of the project 6 months ago. Led by coordinator SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, and hosted by Standortagentur Tirol and the City of Innsbruck, the meeting focused on integration and coordination.
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Join us on LinkedIN !
SINFONIA has joined the MY SMART CITY DISTRICT campaign, an initiative aimed at engaging European cities in knowledge exchange activities with pioneer cities such as Bolzano and Innsbruck...  but not only! 4 other EC-funded smart cities projects are also part of the campaign (EU-GUGLE, R2CITIES, ZenN, CITyFIED).
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SINFONIA project kicked-off in Borås
The SINFONIA project – a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in middle-sized European cities –  was launched  on June 25th in the city of Borås, Sweden
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International Conference on “Smart And Sustainable Planning For Cities And Regions 2015”
19/20 November: join the upcoming international conference on “Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions 2015” organised by the Institute for Renewable Energy of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC)
REFURBISHMENT
Discover Innsbruck Smart City concept in a video!
The city of Innsbruck has released a video to explain how the city will turn into a Smart City and present the innovative solutions to be developed within the SINFONIA project.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Building integrated solar architecture to drive the future of the photovoltaic industry
In Austria, the SINFONIA partner ATB-Becker is developing various technological solutions to integrate photovoltaic systems in façades architecture.
DISTRICT HEATING AND COOLING
La Rochelle reports on its progress towards sustainable development
To assess the progress of the city in the development and implementation of its urban strategy, La Rochelle publishes an annual a Sustainable Development report presenting all the measures taken by the municipality in this field.
RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Spanish smart cities meet in Bilbao to share experiences on sustainable urban development. Last chance to join!
What does it mean to become a “smart city”? And, more importantly, how to go about it? On the 19thof May, the smart cities of Bilbao, Vitoria, Valladolid, Mogel and San Sebastian will meet in Bilbao to share their experiences with national and European stakeholders, and discuss how to make cities more energy efficient and better places to live in.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
School students tell us what the smart city of the future looks like at “Young University – day of action” 2017
After the success of the “Young University – day of action” 2015, the University of Innsbruck decided to renew the experience on the 21stof April 2017 with students from the schools refurbished as part of the SINFONIA project.