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-...

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...

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.

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...

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...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Lyon

The goal of the demonstration project was to build a 12 000 m2 zero energy building in the Lyon-Confluence area in Lyon (France). After an international design competition, SPL Lyon-Confluence selected a group of real estate developers, Bouygues Immobilier and SLC associated with the Japanese...

EE-HIGHRISE Site Ljubljana

The demo high rise building Eco Silver House is located in the city centre of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, at Dunajska road, near the northern line of the town's ring road. It is situated in the heart of business, commercial and recreational area. At the same time, primary school, music school...

NEED4B Site Istanbul

The Turkish demonstration site is in the Ozyegin University campus, located in Nisantepe in Istanbul (north-west Turkey). Nisantepe/Çekmeköy Region is a new developed residential site as residential, situated very close to the residential and financial region Ümraniye.  The building is a part of...

NEED4B Site Borås & Varberg

Two pre-fabricated low energy wooden framed villas were built in the Swedish demo site of NEED4B. The two buildings are similar with a size between 140-200 m2 The construction process The houses were manifactured beforehand and then assembled at the selected locations.  One building was assembled...

NEED4B Site Lecce

The NEED4B Lecce pilot site is located in Lecce (Italy), in a central and strategic part of the city, few meters away from the historic center and in front of a recreation space for students. It is a mixed use building composed of four floors over ground and three floors underground. The third and...