KUGU Home supports the winning project as part of the network in the field of submetering
It was a successful year for "green wit IT": After the initiative already received the DW-Zukunftspreis in June, the international HOUSING EUROPE Award also went to the network for IT-supported solutions for reducing heating in everyday life at the end of November. Two important awards in such a short time underline the topicality of the subject in the real estate industry as well as the effectiveness of the successful projects of gwIT in particular. Jörg Lorenz, initiator of gwIT, received both awards on behalf of the company. "We need to involve broad segments of the population in order to achieve the climate goals. That's why we are focusing on digital, energy-efficient processes and resolving the landlord-tenant dilemma. Today, we can already demonstrate valid CO2 reductions and are pleased with satisfied landlords and tenants," Lorenz says of the awards.
Significant savings combined with low investment help gwIT project win DW-Zukunftspreis
Under the motto "Challenges of the future - how do you future-proof real estate?", gwIT wins this year's DW-Zukunftspreis for the real estate industry on June 10. The jury of the award, under the patronage of GdW President Axel Gedaschko, was impressed by the pilot project "WohnZukunft: digitally supported energy-efficient processes in the housing industry quarter" due to its particularly energy-efficient approach. Significant savings combined with manageable investments led the project, in which KUGU Home was also involved as a gwIT member, to win. KUGU founder Christopher von Gumppenberg accompanied the project from the beginning as an expert in submetering and sees the recognition received as an important development step towards a more sustainable industry. "Smart, digital solutions are the prerequisites for a successful energy transition in the housing industry. Initiatives like gwIT, which benefit from the knowledge of many experts, bring us a big step closer to achieving climate targets," says Gumppenberg. The initiator of the project was FrEqUeNz eG, alongside with six other gwIT members, three housing companies, a commercial real estate company in the state of Berlin and the Berlin University of Applied Sciences were involved in a division of labor.
The project also wins the HOUSING EUROPE Award internationally thanks to the involvement of tenants in climate change processes
Only a few months later, the gwIT project also wins the international competition and receives the HOUSING EUROPE Award on November 19 in Warsaw. The jury, led by Gyorgy Sumeghy, European director of the organization "Habitat.org", justifies the decision with three points: the involvement of tenants in climate change processes, the timeliness of the contribution and the ease of use of the process. "The project has opportunities for further implementation anywhere in Europe and we will support this." says Sumeghy. Other jury members included Sorcha Edwards, director general of HOUSING EUROPE in Brussels, Alina Muzioł-Węcławowicz of Warsaw Technical University, Freenk Spinneweijn of the FEANTSEA organization and David Ireland of HABITAT's UK office. "After receiving the DW-Zukunftspreis, we were encouraged to face the European competition as well. That is why we decided to invest in the translation of our - admittedly long and technically dominated - report. This investment has paid off!" Lorenz is pleased with the second award this year. Christopher von Gumppenberg relates the win to the simultaneous approval by the Bundesrat of the amended Heating Cost Ordinance 2021: "The project meets all the requirements of the new HKVO 2021 and enables housing and energy companies to act autonomously. The win once again confirms the targeting of the solutions."
gwIT: The initiative for digital supported applications in the field of energy efficiency
As a network with 24 companies, "green with IT" pursues the mission of bundling qualified competencies from the building, housing, energy and heating industries, information and communication technology as well as IT security and making them visible. The focus of the work is the exchange of knowledge for the development of innovations and the development of new markets of IT-based applications in the field of energy efficiency, cost controls or CO2 emissions. Only secure IoT applications are being developed that can save landlords and also tenants of a residential or commercial property money.