The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national exemplary NZEB buildings presented in the end-user brochure. The papers are published as open source documents in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 609.
The paper 'End-users' opinion on living in multi-family nearly zero-energy buildings'' summarises the efforts and outcomes of the CoNZEBs work on end-users' expectations, knowledge and experiences with NZEBs.
The paper presents the findings on end-users' experiences and expectations about living in multi-family Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs). The survey in four European countries (Slovenia, Italy, Denmark and Germany) was part of EU Horizon 2020 project CoNZEBs (2017-2019) and addressed end-users living or thinking about living in multi-family NZEBs. Targeted end-users were living (as tenants or owners) in either ordinary buildings or in high performance buildings such as NZEBs (mandatory after 2020 according to Directive 2010/31/EU). In the survey, the following topics were addressed: the level of end-user’s understanding of the NZEB concept, the source and quality of information on NZEB from the end-users’ perspective, the importance of various apartment features for the end-users, perception of NZEB characterizing technologies, and decision triggers for living in NZEB. Concerns, doubts and eventual fears about living in NZEBs were studied to enable a tailored information for future end-users, to increase the demand for NZEB and beyond NZEB buildings and to improve their acceptability. To facilitate the living in NZEBs a guide for end-users was developed, explaining the “Myths” about NZEBs as well as presenting testimonials of current NZEB users in four participating countries.
The paper with the doi 10.1088/1757-899X/609/7/072053 is available as open access at IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, volume 609 and at the CoNZEBs website.
The CoNZEBs project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 754046. The paper reflects the authors’ views. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
In Germany, national co-funding is provided by Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit within the research initiative Zukunft Bau (SWD-10.08.18.7-17.33).