Building envelope retrofitting

The deep renovation of the existing stock of residential and non-residential buildings facilitates the efficient use of resources, the reduction of waste and the mitigation of CO2 emissions. There are different solutions available to gain benefits in terms of energy and resource efficiency such as the use of premanufactured front-mounted façades to keep the existing building structures that are of cultural, architectural, historical and educational value.

Successful approaches include the integration of HVAC and photovoltaic components in the façades, semitransparent insulation, new glazing technologies and other innovations in construction components that provide architectural flexibility and decrease energy consumption. Energy supply units can be upgraded or replaced by state-of-the-art technology and room layouts reassessed and optimized. Ecological and energy-oriented refurbishment strengthens energy independence, reduces fossil fuel consumption, increases social well-being and shapes cultural identity of all European citizens.

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

IMPRESS

IMPRESS will leverage on the potential of prefabrication by developing a new range of easy to install panels, which can reduce energy demand while preserving and/or improving building aesthetics. Three prefabricated panels will be developed, both for re-cladding and over-cladding, together with...

Triangulum

The Triangulum project will demonstrate how a systems innovation approach based around the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) can drive dynamic smart city development. It will test the SIP across three lighthouse cities: Manchester (United...

SINFONIA

The SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), working hand in hand to achieve 40% to...

SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE

The aim of the School of the Future project was to design, demonstrate, evaluate and communicate shining examples of how to achieve the high performance building of the future. School buildings and their primary users - pupils - were the focus of the project. Both the energy and indoor environment...

RIBuild

RIBuild is an EU research project that will investigate in depth how and under what conditions internal thermal insulation can be employed. Research activities include on-site case studies as well as simulations and laboratory measurements of materials. The  RIBuild project will result in...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

Shar-LLM Site Milan

The Porta Romana/Vettabbia demonstrator area is under complete re-development. Its renewal will connect the historic centre of the city to its agricultural belt by “stitching together” two geographically, economically and socially separated areas. 21.000 m2 private buildings retrofit 4.000 m2 ...

Shar-LLM Site Lisbon

Lisbon´s ten square kilometre demonstrator area has 100,000 inhabitants. This strategic location stretches from the riverfront to the centre of the city, and includes the main historic and tourist districts. The area poses several challenges, ranging from its particular orography to the historic...

Shar-LLM Site London

The Greenwich demonstrator area is one of the most strategic locations in London. It stretches along the riverfront – from the UNESCO World Heritage Site to Greenwich Peninsula – and occupies 516 Ha. The site includes visitor attractions (e.g. the O2 Arena), a new business startup district, ...

REPLICATE Site Bristol

In Bristol, the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill neighbourhood partnership area was chosen as the target district as the REPLICATE project could bring a number of benefits to this area including: Reduce the cost, and amount, of energy consumed to tackle fuel poverty. Use more local renewable...

REPLICATE Site Florence

As part of the REPLICATE project, measures for sustainable mobility in Florence include:  100 Fully Electrical Vehicles (FEV) 10 EV’s for taxi fleet 151 Charging Points 147 recharging stations (40 in the district). 4 innovative fast recharge stations. Interopertional payment system Control system...