06 March 2019
Graz, Austria

Participatory workshop

Testing an advanced prototype of ‘Sustainable Urban Heating Simulation’

© IIASA | SUHS game board

© IIASA | SUHS game board

IIASA’s co-Design project team including Piotr Magnuszewski, Jenan Irshaid and Junko Mochizuki are hosting a social simulation workshop at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at University of Graz.

The Sustainable Urban Heating Simulation (SUHS) has been designed by the Centre for Systems Solutions in collaboration with the IIASA team. The SUHS represents sustainability transition challenges of a typical Austrian urban city, characterized by biophysical, regulatory, and economic barriers to adoption of low and zero emission heating options.

The SUHS combines techniques of role-playing game with a building carbon foot-printing model to create an interactive space in which players can discuss and deliberate on challenges related to low carbon transition in the heating sector. Player assume the role of both property owners and city advisory board members and learn to develop the city’s low carbon heating pathway, evaluating costs and (co)benefits of options such as building retrofitting, behavioral changes and renewable heating options.

Participants of this event include local representatives of E5 initiative, student and faculty members of University of Graz.

The event is open to public and those interested in more information, please contact the co-Design project team.

The three primary objectives of the co-Design project

  1. to characterize the policy implementation gap facing Austria’s Climate Energy Model regions and to understand heterogeneous stakeholder motivations.
  2. to clarify strategic stakeholder interactions that contribute to policy implementation gaps, and to identify portfolios of policy options that will motivate stakeholders to take action.
  3. to co-design and co-generate low-carbon transition implementation options that will help to close the policy implementation gap.

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Junko Mochizuki

Research Scholar

Water Security Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 576

Piotr Magnuszewski

Research Scholar:

Water Security Research Group|Equity and Justice Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 594

Jenan Irshaid

Research Assistant

Water Security Research Group|Equity and Justice Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 265


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Mochizuki, J. , Schinko, T. , Magnuszewski, P., Pajak, M., Bednar-Friedl, B., & Irshaid, J. (2018). Addressing energy transition gaps in climate and energy model regions of Austria through policy co-design. In: 19. Österreichischer Klimatag, 23 –25 April 2018, Salzburg, Austria.

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