Building envelope retrofitting

The deep renovation of the existing stock of residential and non-residential buildings facilitates the efficient use of resources, the reduction of waste and the mitigation of CO2 emissions. There are different solutions available to gain benefits in terms of energy and resource efficiency such as the use of premanufactured front-mounted façades to keep the existing building structures that are of cultural, architectural, historical and educational value.

Successful approaches include the integration of HVAC and photovoltaic components in the façades, semitransparent insulation, new glazing technologies and other innovations in construction components that provide architectural flexibility and decrease energy consumption. Energy supply units can be upgraded or replaced by state-of-the-art technology and room layouts reassessed and optimized. Ecological and energy-oriented refurbishment strengthens energy independence, reduces fossil fuel consumption, increases social well-being and shapes cultural identity of all European citizens.




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

IMPRESS

IMPRESS will leverage on the potential of prefabrication by developing a new range of easy to install panels, which can reduce energy demand while preserving and/or improving building aesthetics. Three prefabricated panels will be developed, both for re-cladding and over-cladding, together with... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : EE 1 – 2014: Manufacturing of prefabricated modules for renovation of buildings,
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : Prefabricated modules

Triangulum

The Triangulum project will demonstrate how a systems innovation approach based around the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) can drive dynamic smart city development. It will test the SIP across three lighthouse cities: Manchester (United... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

SINFONIA

The SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), working hand in hand to achieve 40% to... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts

SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE

The aim of the School of the Future project was to design, demonstrate, evaluate and communicate shining examples of how to achieve the high performance building of the future. School buildings and their primary users - pupils - were the focus of the project. Both the energy and indoor environment... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2010.8.1-2: Demonstration of Energy Efficiency through Retrofitting of Buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : Renovation

RIBuild

RIBuild is an EU research project that will investigate in depth how and under what conditions internal thermal insulation can be employed. Research activities include on-site case studies as well as simulations and laboratory measurements of materials. The  RIBuild project will result in... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : EE 3 - 2014: Energy strategies and solutions for deep renovation of historic buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : Renovation