Delft University of Technology ( is the largest technical university in the Netherlands and covers practically the entire spectrum of engineering sciences. In SHIFFT two faculties of the university participate: the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM; combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences. Its mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society. The Faculty is comprised of three closely collaborating departments, each with a different perspective on addressing these complex societal challenges: systems, governance and values. The smart combination of these three perspectives is at the core of “Comprehensive Engineering”.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE; is working on improving the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally. Its section of Environmental & Computational Design focuses on moving towards a society that creates positive footprints to build sustainable, livable and healthy cities and buildings.


The city of Bruges, capital city of West-Flanders (Belgium), has over 118000 inhabitants. Its city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Bruges contributes to the SHIFFT project at different levels. Firstly, The city will work, together with the other partners, to develop a sustainable heating strategy and to lay out a roadmap for the transition to susatainable heating. Secondly, Bruges wants to achieve a CO2 reduction of 276 ton/year by mobilising citizens to invest in sustainable heating installations or to take measures to optimise their existing installations. Bruges will do this, together with De Schakelaar (The Switch) in a co-creation proces with citizen committees by organising information and brainstorm evenings to facilitate the transition proces (bottom-up based) and promote the gas-free renovation scan for 1000 homes.


The SHIFFT project provides Ville de Fourmies with an opportunity to valorise one of the most important local resource and heritage of the region: waste wood from the hedges which are available in abundance and will be used for producing renewable heat.

Fourmies is an historically important city of France with about 12 300 inhabitants which is using the idea of “Third Industrial Revolution” to transform and dynamize the city. Hence, it is involved heavily in the projects concerning energy efficiency, renovations, renewable energy and social empowerment.

The potential of this project is  to create awareness and promote renewable heating technologies will help us to achieve our objectives to be Energy Positive by 2050.