As part of the ICT PSP programme of the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, the eSESH project aims to design, develop and pilot new solutions to enable sustained reductions in energy consumption across European social housing. This is to be accomplished by providing usable ICT-based services for Energy Management (EMS) and Energy Awareness (EAS) directly to tenants. By providing effective ICT monitoring and control of local generation of power and heat and by providing social housing providers, regional and national government with the data they need to optimise their energy-related policy and investment decisions at national, regional and organisational level. The project will help Europe to meet emission targets by achieving a significant reduction of energy consumption in European social housing.


eSESH Advanced Energy Awareness Services (EAS) provide direct, timely and comprehensible feedback on energy consumption, enabling tenants to adapt their energy consumption behaviour. An EAS visualises the energy (heating, electricity or water) consumptions. The tenants have access to EAS through a web-based platform which allows them to quickly and easily obtain consumption information at monthly, daily or even shorter time-intervals. This enables the tenants to easily evaluate whether their consumption is to be judged as high or not. Moreover, other comparisons are possible: 

  • tenants can compare their consumption with other consumers or with an 'average' tenant,
  • tenants can see their energy consumption by square meter,
  • tenants can compare their actual consumption with their consumption in the past year or month and
  • tenants can access a forecast of their consumption.


This information is provided in a way showing the developments over the years, allowing tenants to take appropriate action in case they judge their consumption as too high. Some of the services will also automatically and based on the observed consumption patterns and figures generate tips for tenants on how energy consumption and costs can be saved.

Overview of prototypes: 

Pilot Sites

Linz, Austria

These new services for social housing tenants are evaluated in 10 pilots in 6 countries across Europe as depicted in the following map. 
More than 5,000 social housing tenants are to be given access to eSESH Energy Awareness and/or Energy Management Services in the pilots.

  • Angers and Moulins in France, 
  • Catalonia and Extremadura in Spain, 
  • Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Solingen in Germany, 
  • Linz in Austria, 
  • Westerlo in Belgium and 
  • Brescia, Piacenza and Pesaro in Italy.


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In the first year the project focused on the analysis of service-related requirements and the definition of use cases in each pilot site which was followed by the definition of service process models. Those requirements, use cases and service process models have been used for the technical service specification, building the basis for service implementation followed by testing of the systems and services prior to the start of the pilots and service operation.

Based on the results of prototype and on-site testing, all pilot sites are launching their services and social housing tenants are given access to the services for a minimum of twelve months until the official end of the project period in 2013.

Pilot site preparation activities started with the creation of user recruitment plans at each site. A wide spectrum of tenant recruitment activities has been agreed on in the different pilot sites. These range from information events, to brochures, articles in tenants newsletters for promoting the websites through which the services are to be offered. In addition, staff from housing organisations and from service providers have been trained to carry out services and to help tenants to use the services.

In parallel, evaluation work has started with a zero measurement of energy consumption data to establish an evaluation baseline. This allows for a comparison of the past energy consumption prior to service introduction with energy consumption figures after service use.


Supported financially by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme, 33 organisations are cooperating in the project. 
The eSESH project is led by the relevant government authorities and social housing providers and coordinated by empirica Communication and Technology Research from Bonn (Germany). Contributors include global players in electricity supply, smart metering and home / building automation and international players in building networks and tenant portals as well as local specialists, ensuring a high standard of technical work and the achievement of key project objectives at each pilot site.

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