Open Call | Genk

The urban context

The City of Genk is located in the North-East of Belgium, in the Flemish region.

Genk has developed a climate strategy which sets ambitious climate targets for 2030, and includes the reduction of the CO2-emissions by 40%. The City of Genk, in collaboration with EnergyVille, is also drafting an energy roadmap to become climate neutral by 2050, with a key role for improving social housing and private homes.

The oPEN Living Lab Genk is situated in an existing sub-urban old neighbourhood, Waterschei, where the Living Lab will test, monitor, and compare different renovation measures, energy technologies and systems at large-scale in residential buildings.

oPEN Living Lab Genk: Technical Challenges

Technical Challenge 1

BIM from scan to as built

Technical Challenge 2

Educational Neighbourhood Infrastructure

Technical Challenge 3

DC heat pump


The main goals of the oPEN Living Lab Genk are to:

  • develop affordable and sustainable solutions.
  • Boost the innovation through renovation of buildings.
  • Work on the energy transition.
  • Offer strategies to involve citizens in this process.

These objectives will be achieved within the oPEN Living Lab Genk by implementing innovative energy transition technologies to the Waterschei district known in the past as a mine area and raising awareness on why this transition is so important.

The result will be the investigation and testing of collective investments, energy as a service for citizens directly involved in the co-creation process towards improving the energy transition, compared with traditional individual approaches.

Find the Open Call Application Guide here

Apply through this form.

Applicants can ask questions in two webinars organised for the oPEN Living Lab Genk.

Genk Open Call Webinars:

  • 25 January 2023, 11:00 – 12:00 CET, register here.
  • 09 February 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 CET, register here.