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 demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

SINFONIA Site Bolzano

Since 2005, Bolzano (Italy, 100,000 inhabitants) has developed an ambitious investment plan for large scale urban refurbishment in collaboration with both public and private stakeholders. The work undertaken in SINFONIA is part of this plan, and aims to achieve 40% to 50% primary energy savings in...

GrowSmarter Site Stockholm

Sweden’s capital city Stockholm has been working on climate change mitigation and adaption since the 1990s. The city is a real frontrunner, with well implemented climate action plans and pioneering policies to ensure it meets its ambitious environmental targets. The carbon dioxide emissions have...

GrowSmarter Site Cologne

Situated on the banks of the river Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and home to key players in business and industry. The city is committed to the European Union’s goal of achieving a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and...

GrowSmarter Site Barcelona

Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurship. Barcelona City Council encourages strategic initiatives aimed at generating international collaboration and promoting a global and forward-looking vision to...

TRIANGULUM Site Eindhoven

Eindhoven is the centre of the Brainport Region, today one of the three top economic engines of The Netherlands delivering about 14% of the national GDP.  As part of TRIANGULUM two districts will be transformed into sustainable living environments. The former Philips industrial complex in the...