SUSI-Man was a network gathering various types of actors (local authorities, social owners, land planners, architects…) : 38 pilot projects in various European countries (Denmark, France, Italy,Poland, Romania, Spain…) were involved in 5 working groups (cf. the Pilot-projects-synthesis_SUSI-Man file):
- Sustainable buildings,
- Sustainable management of local resources and Local agenda 21,
- Neighbourhood regeneration projects,
- New neighbourhood projects,
- Cross cutting projects such as life cycle costing evaluation (managed by DRE Picardie), energy management towards sustainability.
The SUSI-Man proposal and working programme was initiated and written by Catherine Charlot-Valdieu and Philippe Outrequin.
The SUSI-Man project was coordinated (for administrative and financial issues) by UCCSA (Union des Communautés de Communes du Sud de l’Aisne) whose president was Sir Renaud Dutreil, who was at this moment the French ministry in charge of public administration and then in charge of SME and handcraft enterprises and whose vice president in charge of sustainable development was Dominique Jourdain, President of the Eco-Maires association (and later on he was also the president of the French HQE association). (Sir Renaud Dutreil was also the honour president of SUDEN). SUDEN was in charge of the scientific coordination.
The duration of the project should have been 2 years (2005 et 2006) but 4 months after the notification by the European Commission (DG Environment) (at the end of Decembre 2004) and 2 months after the kick off meeting (cf. Conférence Dutreil), UCCSA decided without any discussion with any of the partners not to be involved in the project and refused to allow any other partner to become in charge of the administrative and financial coordination.
The only one result of this SUSI-Man project is the adaptation of the INDI model (of the HQE2R approach) to neighbourhood regeneration projects in France: the INDI-RU.2005 model.
The SHE project (Sustainable Housing in Europe) was supported by the European commission in the FP5 programme (City of tomorrow).
It began in 2004 and ended in 2009 and was coordinated by Roberto Ballaroto and Alain Lusardi for the Italian Confcooperative (Roma).