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OVERVIEW - Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings projects from Intelligent Energy Europe

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OVERVIEW - Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings projects from Intelligent Energy Europe

OVERVIEW - Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings projects from Intelligent Energy Europe

Five projects funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme on the topic of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) are presented. These projects are focused on market uptake of low energy buildings. Project activities include helping develop roadmaps for municipalities, defining standards, supporting national legislation, raising public awareness and campaigning for public building renovation.


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Promotion of the very low energy house concept to the North European building market

General design principles of very low-energy houses in Northern Europe are minimising losses and consumption, maximising gains and supplying the remaining energy demand with renewable energy. NorthPass gives an overview of the effect of different design parameters on the economic and environmental impacts of the building. Main measures for overcoming the non-technological barriers of very low-energy construction are raising awareness, coordinating knowledge, facilitating cooperation across different actors and introducing suitable legal requirements. According to the country-specific scenarios (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), it is possible to reach the EU 2020 targets in Northern European countries.


Assistance in the development of NZEB roadmaps for municipalities

AIDA supports building professionals and local authorities all over Europe in designing Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs). AIDA offers study tours to innovative buildings, best practice-learning from operational success stories, presentation of innovative design software and active support for municipalities via an integrated energy design process. At this stage 866 building professionals have participated in 20 study tours. Twenty six municipalities were supported in the implementation of integrated energy design (IED) and the development of sustainable energy action plans within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors. For further information on AIDA, please visit the homepage and the Facebook page. Be part of it!

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Market transformation through widespread use of integrated energy design

Funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, the project MaTrID, has launched the GreenBuilding Integrated Design Award – now open for applications. Furthermore, Integrated Design Process Guidelines have been developed for the attention of building professionals (owners, developers, designers, engineers, architects, facility managers, etc.) and to some extend for the attention of public authorities. These guidelines describe, step by step, what needs to be done for achieving high-performance buildings with good indoor environment, without sacrificing architectural quality or resulting in excessive cost.

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Sustainable energy for rural communities

The SustainCo project aims to support the implementation of the NZEB related part of the recast EPBD into national legislation in the project's partner countries. The current NZEB related legislation/financing mechanisms have been investigated and, in parallel, public awareness has been tested in order to evaluate the level of NZEB related knowledge and inform the planning of a promotional campaign. The project aims to build capacity for NZEB development, by providing information on NZEB standard in partner countries and promoting best practice (e.g. The Green House, Garwnant Visitor Centre) in order to introduce NZEB and transfer knowledge from the SERVE-FP6 CONCERTO project.


Promoting deep renovation of Mediterranean schools

The ZEMedS project aims at promoting renovation of Mediterranean schools to become NZEB. School buildings in these regions consume high amounts of energy (first estimates indicate 85-160 kWh/m2/y in final consumption). However, there are not many success stories of Mediterranean schools retrofitted close to NZEB standard. During the first technical committee meeting of ZEMedS project, the need to enhance summer conditions and indoor environment in schools was highlighted. ZEMedS builds upon the results from SchoolVentCool, Teenergy and School of the Future project, and also by joining the BUILD UP Community School of the Future - VERYSchool. Toolkits, real case studies, tendering specifications and trainings are central to the ZEMedS project.


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With the kind contribution of:

Riikka Holopainen (NorthPass),

Raphael Bointner (AIDA),

Stefan Amann (MaTrID),

Milka Hrbud (SustainCo)

and Clara Ferrer (ZEMedS)