Energy efficiency in buildings

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. While new buildings generally need less than three to five litres of heating oil per square meter per year, older buildings consume about 25 litres on average. Some buildings even require up to 60 litres.

Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, we could reduce total EU energy consumption by 5% to 6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

Energy efficinecy in buildings - DG ENER




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

FLEXYNETS

FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent district heating and cooling (DHC) networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : EE 13 - 2014/2015: Technology for district heating and cooling
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy System Integration, SCIS Clusters : ICT based solutions for district heating & cooling

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

PITAGORAS

The PITAGORAS project focuses on the efficient integration of city districts with industrial parks through smart thermal grids. Technologies and concepts for low and medium temperature waste heat recovery, considering as well integration with renewable energy sources (RES), and heat (and power)... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 2- Large scale systems for urban area heating and/or cooling supply
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy System Integration, SCIS Clusters : Large Scale Energy Systems – Heating & Cooling

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