Local Environment Management and Analysis

Completed research projects

SAFE (2009-2011) Suburban areas favoring energy efficiency

This research focuses on the energy assessment of existing suburban neighborhoods in order to improve their energy efficiency by the development of new methods for suburban design and planning. The main objective of this research is to provide an interactive tool, accessible on the web, for assessing energy efficiency of existing suburban Walloon areas and comparing different strategies of suburban renewal. This tool is intended for all people involved in the process of design, construction and renovation of urban areas. The web-tool developed is based on different types of simulations: microclimate simulations (CFD simulations, ...), dynamic simulations of buildings energy consumption and energy simulations of urban fragments throughout their life cycle (including transport and energy networks and now available on www.safe-energie.be.
SAFE - Outil interactif SAFE

VALUE (2008-2012) Valuing Attractive Landscapes in the Urban Economy

VALUE aims to demonstrate the economic value of green infrastructure at the city/region scale and to show how to target green investments to maximise competitive benefits to communities throughout North-West Europe. Green infrastructure is a valuable part of our urban economy. As urbanisation increases throughout North-West Europe, public and private greenspaces are progressively transformed in order to accommodate housing and commercial developments. It is hence necessary to provide with hard evidence demonstrating the value of greenspaces, to ensure that high quality green infrastructure is protected and developed in the urban fabric.

UNO (2010-2012) Urban Network Optimization

Following the project “Building stock”, this project aims to identify quality indicators for the energy networks. The networks studied are district heating networks, power grids and transportation networks. These indicators are then applied at several urban scales through a multicriteria analysis in order to get a picture of urban fragments energy consumption.

Stock bâti - Building stock (2009-2010)

This project aims at developing a dynamic model for buildings stock characterization in terms of its environmental quality, intended to allow a future evaluation of the impacts of urban forms and dynamics of town planning on environmental performance of urban areas. This tool will first characterize the buildings stock of Liege according to the criteria taken into account within several environmental evaluation methods, and then it will permit to predict the most probable urban evolutions in order to test different strategies of urban renewal.
Stock bâti

PREBAT (2008-2009) Energy and urban form : quantitative analysis of CO2 emissions of urban tissues at the horizon 2050

The research intends to measure the influence of urban organisation, both in terms of morphology and networks, upon the energy demand and emissions of greenhouse gases related to housing and transport at the horizon 2050. It will compare different scenarios for urban development (peri-urbanisation, densification, investment in public transport etc.) and compare their energy footprint. It is based on previous research experience of the members of the team in the modelling of energy demand of the housing stock.

PLUM (2008-2009) Evaluation of Lighting Master Plans

The project aims at assessing the various impacts of 17 pilot lighting projects co-financed by the Walloon Region between 2000 and 2007 and aimed at stimulating a more qualitative, coherent and strategic approach of Urban Lighting in Wallonia. The evaluation performed by LEMA builds on case file analysis, diurnal and nocturnal site visits, interviews with key stakeholders and investigation of local community perceptions. Nine dimensions of Urban Lighting are addressed: Landscape, Security, Technology, Ambiance, Economy, Environment, Strategy, Governance and Users.

TOWNTOLOGY (2005-2009) Urban Ontologies for an improves communication in urban civil engineering projects

The main objective of the COST C21 Action is to increase the knowledge and promote the use of ontologies in the domain of Urban Civil Engineering projects, with a view to facilitate the communications between information systems, stakeholders and UCE specialists at a European level (Groupware).

CSI+ (2003-2008) Creating a Setting for Investment

Creating a Setting for Investment is concerned with promoting sustainable metropolitan development and more attractive metropolitan areas through building a knowledge base of the way in which quality environments can be used to attract sustainable economic investment and developing practical techniques for enabling this through changes in development and planning strategies and on the ground actions.
CSI, www.environment-investment.com

PICTURE (2004-2008) Pro-active management of the Impact of Cultural Tourism upon Urban Resources and Economie

Framework : European Commission - FP6 - SSP
Consortium : LEMA-Université de Liège (coordination), ITAS-Karlsruhe Research Center (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe), ITAM-ARCCHIP, Queen's University of Belfast, School of Architecture, Universitad Autonoma de Madrid, FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, EICR - European Institute of Cultural Routes, The Regional Secretariat of the OWHC - North West European Region, City of Syracuse, Conseil d'Architecture, d'Urbanisme et de l'Environnement de l'Oise, English Heritage, COC Conseil.
Budget : 1.499.220EUR

MEGECO (2005-2007) Methodology of a local plan to manage energy

This practical guide aims at helping the Local Authorities and the town managers to carry out suitable policies in order to save energy and promote the use of renewable energies. The main objectives of the guide are: To provide and disseminate an operational method to help step by step the municipalities, including the smallest ones, to develop their own overall suitable plan to manage energy on its area; To improve the exchange of information and the collaboration between the different departments in charge of or related to energy saving in a town so that energy concerns will be taken into account by all the actors; To create a dynamic of continuous improvement based on an assessment of fulfilled actions.

APPEAR (2003-2006) Accessibility Projets, Sustainable Preservation and Enhancement of urban subsoil Archaeological Remains

Framework : European Commission - FP5 - EESD
Consortium : In situ (BE), LEMA-Université de Liège (BE), ICOMOS (FR), Museu D'historia de la ciutad (SP), Alliance des villes Européennes de Culture (CZ), Dipartemento Soprintendenza per i Beni e le Attivita'Cultural (IT), English Heritage (UK), In Extenso (FR), Universitad Autonoma de Madrid (SP)
LEMA tasks : 1. Formulate a flexible model for decision-making process, in the form of an action program, encouraging open dialogue and effective negotiation between all actors at each stage of accessibility projet creation, in the framework of a European policy for matters of sustainable urban development and active cultural heritage conservation. This flexible mocel will cover all the key moments of the decision-making process, from the beginning of the project to the exploitation strat-up phase. 2. Formulate a tool to monitor the socio-cultural effects of public accessibility to enhanced archaeological site in the urban setting in the exploitation phase. 3. Analyse the integration of an archaeological site in an architectural structure and in the urban fabric, i.e., a site/constructed milieu relationship in its functional and perceptive dimensions
Budget : 1.725.120EUR

PETUS (2003-2006) Practical Evaluation Tools for Urban Sustainability

Framework : European Commission - FP5 - EESD

SUIT (2001-2004) Sustainable development of Urban historical areas through an active Integration within Towns

Framework : European Commission - FP6 - EESD
Consortium : LEMA-Université de Liège (BE), SPIRAL-ULg (BE), QUB - Belfast, University Karlsruhe (DE), University Dortmund (DE), The royal Danish Academy's School of Architecture (DK), University of Wales Aberystwyth(UK), EIA Unit.
Industrial partners : RW - DGATLP

DWH (2002-2004) Stratégies de développement territorial à l'intention des communes walonnes

Framework : Région Wallone, DGATLP (Direction Générale de l'Aménagement du Territoire, du Logement et du Patrimoine
Consortium : LEMA-Université de Liège (BE)