DE HOEF IN AMERSFOORT (NETHERLANDS) IS IN TRANSITION!
From an industrial estate this part of the city will transform to a pleasant urban district of the city where living, working, learning and relaxing come together.
The Municipality of Amersfoort is working with a large number of parties on the design to fulfill ambitious objectives with regard to sustainability, mobility and the design of public space.
The Transition Lab initiative plays an active role in the realization of all the transition processes by:
  • creating a realistic and virtual learning environment for Learning & Innovation with companies and educational institutions in and around the new city district.
  • establishing a physical Transition Lab at a central location in the area and create a virtual ecosystem in which the initiators seek connections within the areas of
Education & Training, Research & Development &Entrepreneurship (business).

The idea for the realization of the Transition Lab was developed during an international summer school (2019) in Amersfoort as part of the Project FROM ZERO TO HERO: Wise Energy Use Volunteering Scheme for Youngster.

A team from Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) University of Applied Science in the Netherlands was very succesful competing in the Solar Decathlon 2020 Build Challenge.

This team of students developed the concept of a house that has Circular, Eye-opening, Limitless, Community, Innovative, Unconventional and Self-sufficient” (CELCIUS) as its building blocks.

Together the team wass building a next-generation home that reflects these core values.

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FROM ZERO TO HERO: Wise Energy Use Volunteering Scheme for Youngster is a Project funded by Erasmus+ EU Programme aiming to support the EC Strategy 2020 on sustainable development.


There is an urgent need to increase the percentage of renewable energies and energy efficiency. Humanity has to become more aware of the “built environments” that consumes certain percentage of global energy. Sustainability with the 3R – Refuse, Reuse, Reduce – of energy usage offers environmental, social and economic improvement.


The initiative will create an environmental volunteering scheme for young people to help communities use energy more wisely, save money and reduce carbon emissions and motivate them to work as volunteers to save the environment.


A set of training materials and methods, including LINE technique as much as possible, using IT to create interactive learning environments, interactive face to face sessions and using open source interactive software is developed.


Teaching environmental protection and raising an awareness on energy that buildings consumes should take place beyond the classroom. “Learning in natural environment” (LINE approach) donates the youngsters with awareness that means a beginning to learn more about sustainability and renewable energy technologies and with responsibility to be able to play a vital role in the world’s energy future.


The project is addressed to youth and youth leaders.

Youngsters training participation will be certified with YOUTHPASS and they will share they newly acquired skills and experiences to their friends and teams. The project encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities to project activities and take active role with other young people and expected to work voluntarily to save the world.


Building are responsible for 40% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, so zero energy building (ZEBs) are the future.

Projectwebsite From Zero to Hero


Arrival of our future innovative meeting point of the Transition Lab in De Hoef (Amersfoort-NL)