Local Environment Management and Analysis

Ongoing research projects


Even if it is now welcomed by most of the EU cities, public involvement in decision-making and planning is still a challenge. The major problems facing Europe can indeed not be addressed using entirely local bottom-up approaches. This also requires strategic, coordinated responses. VALUE+ will demonstrate how cities can best integrate bottom-up and top-down approaches, but also how to build on community participation to generate local growth, innovation and resilience strategies. The City of Liege is the operational partner associated to ULg for this action-research project.

SOLEN (2012-2014) SOlutions for Low Energy Neighbourhoods

The aim of SOLEN is to develop solutions to improve energy efficiency of existing Walloon neighborhoods. Three main axes are studied and combined: the sustainable building, the sustainable mobility and the integration of renewable energies to tend to low / zero energy neighborhoods. An assessment tool dedicated to building performance and transportation in neighborhoods will be developed.

SIMBA (2009-2013) Simulation Multi-physique du Bâtiment

This research aims to integrate simulation tools developed by aeronautic sector into building physics. These tools have become indispensable because of energy performance requirements for buildings construction or renovation. Their use will also permit to get a better understanding of complexes phenomena occurring in buildings such as natural convection, forced convection, radiation or also conduction.

SUN (2009-2012) Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods

«Sustainable neighbourhoods» are trendy and developing in all European regions, but most often on greenfields. Is it really sustainable? What about urban sprawl and what about existing urban neighbourhoods? How to raise their attractiveness face to new «sustainable» peri-urban developments? How to reverse dereliction and deprivation processes operating in some urban neighbourhoods? Sustainability is too often understood as referring to the sole environment and energy saving concerns, while it is a much more integrated and holistic concept including cultural and social issues, as well as economic development.