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Cost-Effective Tools for Better Indoor Environment in Retrofitted Energy Efficient Buildings

Objective

The refurbishing to an energy efficient standard leads to tight buildings (whole envelope: windows, walls, etc.) and affects the indoor climate. In case of refurbishing the inhabitants or users are not adapted to this new situation. Therefore the air exchange rates could be lower than required if no mechanical ventilation is installed or the system performance is not optimised. Then, in trying to increase the energy performance of buildings, the indoor environment quality is often degraded due to the lack of exchange with the outdoor environment.
People in Europe spend more than 90 % of their time indoors (living, working, and transportation). In more than 40 % of the enclosed spaces, people suffer from health- and comfortable related complains and illness. Already in 1984 the WHO reported an “increased frequency in buildings with indoor climate problems”. The complexity of the problem and the fact of building related symptom clusters were later described as “Sick Building Syndrome”.
The main objective of the project is to develop innovative solutions for better monitoring the indoor environment quality and to investigate active and passive systems for improving it. The focus lies on cost-effective solutions to ensure a wide application of the developed systems. The project is based on three main objectives:
- Development of monitoring systems (wireless and/or partly wired) to detect insufficient comfort and health parameter. It is foreseen to develop a modular version for allowing normal end users making a quick check of the indoor air quality.
- Development of control systems for indoor environments which could be based on passive elements like cost effective photo catalytic materials or PCMs and active systems which control the air flow rates based on the monitoring data.
- Modelling of indoor environments for the assessment and validation of monitoring data and to optimise with respect to energy efficiency the control parameters and systems.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/air pollution engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
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Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Germany
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 587 174
Administrative Contact
Harald Garrecht (Prof.)

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DELAP & WALLER ECOCO LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 155 210,10
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Capel Street 121/122 3Rd Floor
1 Dublin
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Stuart (Mr.)
S&B INDUSTRIAL MINERALS MINING OUARRYING INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL TOURISTSHIPPING TECHNICAL COMPANY SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 126 622,75
Address
An Metaxa Street 15
14564 Kifissia Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christos Dedeloudis (Dr.)
SOLINTEL M&P SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 120 080
Address
Avenida De Jerez 33
28514 Nuevo Baztan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
J. Antonio Barona (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 176 400
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gian Marco Revel (Prof.)
R.E.D. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 400
Address
Via Galileo Galilei 7 A 2
35037 Teolo Pd
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Pockelé (Mr.)
TTI-TECHNOLOGIE-TRANSFER-INITIATIVEGMBH AN DER UNIVERSITAT STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 211 411,20
Address
Nobelstrasse 15
70569 Stuttgart
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Krüger (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 165 550
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Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Katrin Schmitt (Dr.)
INFRATEC GMBH INFRAROTSENSORIK UND MESSTECHNIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 96 142,40
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Gostritzer Strasse 61-63
01217 Dresden
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antje Krabel (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
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€ 252 217,50
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
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Research Organisations
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Olivier Flechon (Mr.)
STAMTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 167 600
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Via Venti Settembre 18/5
16121 Genova
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefania Amadio (Ms.)
Schwenk Putztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
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€ 73 000
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Hindenburgerring 15
89077 Ulm
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Johann Balau (Mr.)
CONSORZIO PER LO SVILUPPO E IL TRASFERIMENTO DI TECNOLOGIE E PER LA REALIZZAZIONE DI SERVIZI NEL SETTOREDEL RECUPERO EDILIZIO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 131 264
Address
Via Privata D Giustino 3A
80125 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Ederone (Dr.)
FCC CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 128 761,60
Address
Calle Balmes 36
08007 Barcelona
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rosa Gonzalez (Ms.)
NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Taiwan
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Keelung Road Sec4 43
106 Taipei
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ju-Hui Huang (Prof.)