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.

BERTIM

BERTIM will develop a prefabricated solution providing the opportunity to renovate buildings, with a view to improving energy performance, air quality, aesthetics, comfort, and property value at the same time, while ensuring low intrusiveness during renovation works. The manufacturing of the...

BEEM-UP

BEEM-UP aimed to demonstrate the economic, social and technical feasibility of retrofitting initiatives, drastically reducing energy consumption in existing buildings, and paving the way towards massive market uptake. BEEM-UP involved building owners at three sites in France, Sweden and the...

SOLUTION

The SOLUTION project mobilised public/private resources to build showcases of energy self-sufficient communities in Austria, Croatia, Finland and Switzerland (together with an associated Slovenian community) with a strong potential for replication throughout Europe. SOLUTION was designed to respond...

RENAISSANCE

The RENAISSANCE project aimed to create sustainable model districts in Lyon (France) and Zaragoza (Spain). The Region of Lombardy (Italy) took part as an observer partner and carried out several research activities on technical, legal and social issues related to wood fuel supply.

PIME'S

As part of the PIME’s project, Salburua in Vitoria, Spain, Dale in Sandnes, Norway and Szentendre in Hungary worked together to research, demonstrate and disseminate technologies for the construction of houses that take into account the local climatic conditions, while at the same time reducing the...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

EU-GUGLE Site Aachen

The City of Aachen has 248.000 inhabitants and is situated at the western border of Germany to Belgium and the Netherlands. It is a very important place for science and education with more than 50.000 students in total. The district Aachen-North is a heterogeneous area with a mixture of recent and...

EU-GUGLE Site Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country’s largest city with a population of about 420,000. Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic centre of Slovakia. Its area is 36 759 ha. The population density is 1,161 inhabitants per km2 (2007). Located in the south-western Slovakia,...

EU-GUGLE Site Milano

Milano, the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy has a population of about 1.35 million people. The city urban area is the fifth largest in the EU and the largest in Italy with an estimated population of about 5.2 million. As the main industrial, commercial and financial center...

EU-GUGLE Site Sestao

Sestao is a municipality located at 11 km from Bilbao, on the left bank of the River, with a strong postindustrial character. It has an area of 3.5 km2 where only 0.9 km2 are devoted to residential use and the rest is used for industrial purposes. The demonstration district is located in the lower...

EU-GUGLE Site Tampere

Tampere is located on the banks of Tammerkoski rapids, between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. It is the third biggest city and second biggest growth center in Finland, and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries with 215,168 inhabitants. The EU-GUGLE demonstration takes place in...