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Old meets green: New technologies to retrofit buildings in Europe

A great deal of EU-funded projects are focusing on the building renovation industry to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient materials and technologies.
Old meets green: New technologies to retrofit buildings in Europe
Stakeholders across Europe know very well how renovating old constructions while keeping up with the EU’s ambitious energy efficiency and CO2 emissions targets is no walk in the park. According to EC estimates, buildings are currently responsible for 40 % of the EU’s energy consumption and 36 % of its CO2 emissions. And whilst zero-energy constructions are now within reach – and will actually be the only type of new buildings allowed after 2020 – razing old buildings to the ground is simply not realistic from a financial, logistical and even cultural heritage point of view.
Retrofitting and renovation will therefore be key to reaching EU targets, and the Commission decided in 2009 to begin with government-owned buildings. Each year until 2020, EU countries are required to renovate at least 3% of the total floor area of buildings owned and occupied by their central government, as well as to provide a list of financial measures every three years. In the meantime European institutions are already preparing more stringent targets for 2030 and 2050.
This change has two major consequences for the building and construction industry: on one hand, this is a welcome market boost for those businesses who will be quick and innovative enough to adapt. But on the other hand, new technologies and tools to find the best solution depending on each specific scenario are desperately needed.
Since 2008 the EU has been investing heavily into the future of the building retrofitting and renovation industry, through the Public Private Partnership on Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) and its successor under Horizon 2020.
This CORDIS Results Pack presents some of the latest breakthroughs enabled by these funding programmes. These projects can be split into two categories: The first consists in platforms and tools to help industry and building owners make crucial choices and define strategies for their retrofitting initiatives, while the second includes efforts to develop, demonstrate and evaluate novel technologies and materials.
Toolkit to offer efficient and cost-effective building retrofitting
A modular retrofitting toolkit will facilitate effective decision making, increase Europe’s energy efficient building stock and benefit residents.
Renovation database to boost energy efficiency across the EU
An online database for the renovation of different building types – complete with specific tools – will boost energy efficiency and benefit builders.
Tackling the complexity of retrofitting urban districts
Retrofitting entire districts with energy efficient products and techniques is a sustainable and cost-effective approach to reducing heat loss and cutting fuel use, especially in...
Retrofitting the easy way thanks to new set of ICT tools
Energy-efficient retrofitting may be a market with much potential, but the current lack of tools for comparing available technologies and putting customers in touch with specialised...
Smart retrofitting of older buildings
A research project is well on the way to delivering an enveloping system which will improve the energy efficiency of older, multi-storey residential buildings.
Building sustainable and liveable cities
A project backed by FP7 funding is designing, developing and validating a Platform for Decision Support that will allow city authorities and utilities to promote and choose the most...
Heat pumps help reduce CO2 from cities
An EU-funded project is developing a heating system for urban areas that can interact with future smart energy infrastructures. The goal is to help the building sector reduce its...
Energy-efficient technology demonstrated in 13 old buildings
Although much of the EU’s housing stock is relatively old, this does not mean its energy efficiency must be poor. An EU-funded project is developing energy-efficient new and...
The ultimate façade for energy-efficient buildings
An EU-funded project is developing, evaluating and demonstrating an innovative multifunctional façade system which seeks to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings...
New platform guides you through the retrofitting universe
A dynamic new platform can help guide retrofitting projects in cold climates on how to use the latest high tech and energy efficient methods.
More about research and innovation in the field of Energy-efficient Buildings:
Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) - Research & Innovation - Key Enabling Technologies - European Commission

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