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Another step towards energy turnaround: The first Energy Surplus School has now joined the grid

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On 15 and 16 June 2011 Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics has organised the annual EnEff:Schule Symposium on the occasion of the start of operation of the first energy surplus school at Hohen Neuendorf. The energy concept of the surplus energy school at Hohen Neuendorf is based on a very high insulation level of the building envelope and a biomass combined heat and power unit. Photovoltaic panels on the roof secure the energy surplus status.

Pioneering energy concepts for educational buildings are being developed and realised within the research focus on energy efficient schools (EnEff:Schule, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology - BMWi). This research initiative promotes so-called “lighthouse”-projects, featuring buildings that are distinguished by an outstanding low energy demand while providing high-quality comfort for the users.

These educational buildings are called:

  • 3-Litre-House Schools if their primary energy consumption for heating and ventilation (including auxiliary energy) is below 34 kWh/m²a
  • PlusEnergy Schools if the school buildings generate a surplus in the energy production. 

There is an extensive compilation of detailed information on the energy efficient school initiative here

The website also offers the presentations given at the symposium for download. As well as more links to the European school community BUILD UP and to related research initiatives.

Further information on the symposium is available at the project website.