IOK's contribution to Shine
IOK is lead partner of Shine. Next to the coordination of the whole project, IOK will start projects in the Campine region. Shine will create a joint approach on district renovation. IOK will test this approach in 6 districts in the Campine region and roll out the results in other districts in the region. Furthermore IOK will support Kamp C with setting up a volunteer network of energy experts in the region. IOK has set up pilots of this network in 2 municipalities before. Now Kamp C will roll out this network in the whole region with a special attention in the districts that will be renovated in Shine. Renovation towards NZE-level is not obvious, therefore a cross border and interdisciplinary partnership can help to set some pilots. In the Campine region Kamp C will guide 100 households in their renovations. IOK will use their networks to engage inhabitants.
Presentation of the organisation
IOK is an Intermunicipality working for 29 municipalities in the district of Turnhout and municipalities Heist-op-den-Berg and Nijlen in the district of Mechelen. The number of inhabitants in the working area of IOK is about 500.000 on a total surface of 1.357 km². The core business is supporting local governances. IOK operates as an ‘extension’ of the municipal services and realises an added value by multidisciplinary and scale benefits. In this position IOK stands close to the local government and close to the inhabitants.
A team of 7 environmental experts with different backgrounds, provides active support of the local sustainability policy. Within the services provided by this team, local energy and climate policy count for a major part. The service ranges from local planning to implementation of actions on the field. The actions aim at different target groups, like schools, aspirant builders and architects, families,.. as well as at the township itself as a municipal company. For many years the sustainability department of IOK undertakes action to improve the quality of the dwellings on their territory. Organisation of the energy info tour (= a set of public lectures on energy topics like energy efficiency, ventilation, insulation, renewable energy), organisation of group purchases of energy saving investments (insulation, HRglazing, solar panels, ...), providing a cheap loan for energy saving investments are examples of actions targeting the residents.