GAIA objectives

the objectives of GAIA project

GAIA will create an innovative ICT ecosystem (including web-based, mobile, social and sensing elements) tailored specifically for school environments, taking into account both the users (faculty, staff, students and eventually parents through their children) and buildings (schools, universities, homes) that will motivate and support citizens’ behavioral change to achieve greater energy efficiency. The developed solutions will consist of an ecosystem of sensor deployments, services, applications and games focusing on different energy efficiency scenarios like: heating, electricity, transportation to school and collaborative use of resources. On the one hand, it will facilitate monitoring and profiling energy use of users, while on the other hand, it will provide guidelines to them in an educational manner, so that they may act as actuators regulating and defining their energy consumption.

In general, the objectives of GAIA are the following:

  • Engage theEducationalCommunity Development of a Culture for Energy-Efficient Living
  • Utilization of Energy-Consumption Data to Improve Efficiency of Buildings
  • Educate towards Collective Use of Resources
  • Competitions Across Communities
  • Operation at all Levels of Education and Real-Life Validation

GAIA’s envisioned impact

  • 6900 students and educators reached directly during the project, and an order of magnitude, with even more after the end of the project through established dissemination networks
  • 24 educational sector buildings in 3 countries covering North, Central and South Europe
  • sets of educational material and handbooks will be produced, available in Italian, Greek, Swedish and English
  • reductions of over 15% on the energy that can be influenced by the end-users

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