Training for Renovated Energy Efficient Social housing
This IEE project aimed to incorporate energy efficiency into further education for architects and social housing managers. Educational material includes techniques, tools and case studies, developed and reviewed by a group which includes teachers themselves. Workshops were held to gather feedback and to prepare for inserting the material into courses.
- Educational material (slides and texts) developed in which specialists describe advanced technologies such as integrated solar hot water and preheated ventilation air.
- Modules now available online including tools for assessing energy savings from techniques including thermal simulation and life-cycle assessment in terms of energy, cost and environmental impact.
- Case studies available in six countries.
- Energy consumption in social housing can be reduced by a factor of four, but continuing education for building professionals is needed due to lack of awareness. In addition, political will is needed because investment costs are high.
- Efficient techniques and methods exist to reduce by a factor 4 the energy consumption of social housing in Europe, they are implemented in a few renovation projects,
- Most building professionals are not aware of these possibilities, continuing education is needed, and our project allows educational material to be prepared,
- The investment cost for a large scale energy efficient renovation is high and would require a strong political will (but importing even more expensive fuels would certainly be worse for low income persons).
Project duration: January 2006 to December 2007.