High-performance new buildings

Energy efficient buildings minimize their energy demand while providing a comfortable living environment thanks to high efficient designs. Energy efficient buildings are optimized from the first stages of design together by architects, scientists, engineers and/or life cycle analysts. The main objectives of energy efficient buildings are to facilitate the efficient use of resources, the reduction of waste and the mitigation of CO2 emissions, putting upcoming construction activities on the roadmap to a resource efficient Europe.

Energy efficient buildings introduce new construction techniques such as prefabricated building elements, new façade technologies and smart materials. The smart management of these buildings is essential to decrease their demand: ICT provide smart regulation solutions, enhance user experiences and awareness building. Regarding technologies HVAC technologies, they have to be selected and adapted from the first stages of design. Mechanical and natural ventilation, active thermal mass storage, DHC, heat pumps, photovoltaic elements and thermal collectors can all be integral parts of building design depending on the requirements.




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

BUILDSMART

The purpose of BUILDSMART is to demonstrate and mainstream cost-effective technologies and methods in the design of buildings with very low energy consumption in different European climates, since energy consumption in buildings varies greatly throughout Europe due to differences in climate, socio-... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : New Buildings

SOLUTION

The SOLUTION project mobilised public/private resources to build showcases of energy self-sufficient communities in Austria, Croatia, Finland and Switzerland (together with an associated Slovenian community) with a strong potential for replication throughout Europe. SOLUTION was designed to respond... Continue reading
Funding programme : CONCERTO 3
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : District Revitalisation

RENAISSANCE

The RENAISSANCE project aimed to create sustainable model districts in Lyon (France) and Zaragoza (Spain). The Region of Lombardy (Italy) took part as an observer partner and carried out several research activities on technical, legal and social issues related to wood fuel supply. Continue reading
Funding programme : CONCERTO 1
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : District Revitalisation, SCIS Clusters : Greenfield development

PIME'S

As part of the PIME’s project, Salburua in Vitoria, Spain, Dale in Sandnes, Norway and Szentendre in Hungary worked together to research, demonstrate and disseminate technologies for the construction of houses that take into account the local climatic conditions, while at the same time reducing the... Continue reading
Funding programme : CONCERTO 3
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : District Revitalisation

GEOCOM

The GEOCOM project was launched in 2010 with a vision to increase the visibility of direct heat applications of geothermal energy throughout Europe. This 11 million euro project, funded under the FP7, demonstrated a wide array of research and demonstration components to provide not only firsthand... Continue reading
Funding programme : CONCERTO 3
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : District Revitalisation