Herning (Denmark)

The SUPERSHINE Danish lighthouse district is in Herning Municipality (part of the Midtjylland Region). Heat to the district is provided by Herningværket, a wood chip CHP plant with a power capacity of 78 MW and heat capacity of 200 MW, supplying heat to 48,000 households through a user-owned cooperative utility, Verdo.

The residential demonstration buildings are in the south-eastern part of Herning in a mixed-use area, which includes a large school, a shopping centre, residential villas and residential blocks. Residents in the district are characterised by low income and low education level (but with good access to education).

The lighthouse district within the NEB principles


SUPERSHINE is building upon the financial analysis developed within the sister project SUPER-i.

SUPERSHINE is promoting adequate and well-targeted funding by supporting innovative financial solutions such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) while collaborating with innovative local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and proposing sustainable renovation, based on circular solutions, use and reuse of sustainable materials, and the integration of nature-based solutions while reducing whole life-cycle carbon emissions.

Additionally, SUPERSHINE One Stop Shop will interact with local businesses, innovative SMEs and services to harmonise the EE refurbishment at district level and in order to provide tailored information to all the relevant stakeholders. The planned intervention includes: higher energy efficiency of the building fabric, onsite generation and storage of renewable energy, and microgrids. 


Improving the life conditions of the tenants and the structure of the buildings themselves, and increasing inclusiveness  will increase the attractiveness of the district.

Smart design of green walls and roofs is one of the innovative solutions planned for this district. The creation of new communities resulting from the rebuild of the district will lead to the definition of new social housing services designed according to the inhabitants’ needs.


SUPERSHINE is promoting the use of renovation as a lever to address energy poverty and access to healthy housing for all households, including for low income people with disabilities and for older people.

The new dwellings will be assigned to low-income tenants differentiated by composition and age group. The development will then be suitable for the establishment of an energy community to further decrease energy poverty of the local social housing inhabitants.



Lighthouse districts are in three cities: Trieste (Italy), Herning (Denmark) and Riga (Latvia).

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