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Work Programme

PROFICIENT aims to assure the realisation of positive impacts of its results in two ways:

1. First, PROFICIENT results will be demonstrated and validated using 4 demonstration cases by relying on the existing partnership between the stakeholders of flagship implementation projects of EeB. The stakeholders of these projects will be joined with the PROFICIENT Community of Practice (CoP). The initial members of the CoP are the SMEs involved in the implementation projects, the homeowners and tenants, and the local authorities. Together with this CoP, the possible embedding of these results within the implementation projects will be clarified, and the follow-up initiatives will be agreed upon. In addition to the demonstration cases, more than 12 other projects will be used for observatory cases and feasibility studies to address differences in geographical and sociopolitical environments (i.e. Western Europe and UK, Central and Eastern Europe, Nordic, and Mediterranean). Cross analysis and benchmarking will be performed to understand: different types of projects (i.e. new construction and retrofit) and different types of approach (i.e. top-down or bottom-up).

2. Second, business creation services will be provided for a large number of SMEs through mutual cooperation with local or national Chambers of Commerce in different countries as well as the synergy with the ongoing EU programme KIC InnoEnergy Built Environment at the Co-Location Centre Benelux. Initially, each CoP around the action learning cases will organise local business workshops to disseminate the knowledge and to create new or spin-off businesses. These workshops will be held in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce or department in Ministry of Economic Affairs dedicated to SMEs. As the follow-up to the initial workshops, this public organisation will continue to empower and consult the SMEs in the implementation of new business strategies after the completion of the PROFICIENT project.






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