Building services (HVAC & Lighting)

The building services dedicated to ensure a comfortable, healthy indoor environment inside buildings are known as “Heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)”. With this purpose, HVAC systems are devoted to keep indoor humidity, temperature and level of pollutants within an acceptable or legal range.

In order to fulfil the comfort requirements of the users, the HVAC systems have to extract the heating or cooling load inside the building and provide fresh air from outdoors at room temperatures. These systems have one of the biggest shares of energy use in buildings. Therefore, it is very important to design the building based on passive strategies that minimize the need for heating, cooling and ventilation and active strategies that deploy high efficient systems with minimal consumption.

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

MORE-CONNECT

The European building sector is currently unable to offer an integral solution for deep renovation toward nearly zero energy building (nZEB) at reasonable cost. The building process is typically based on a ‘layered’ structure, with many labour actions on the buildings site, with many sub...

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...

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...

READY

The READY project aims to demonstrate how the demand of energy and particularly the needs for fossil fuels and release of CO2 can be considerably reduced to nearly zero, and show a sustainable way to go for other European cities. Demonstration is taking place in two cities: Aarhus (Denmark), which...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

IMPRESS Site Coventry

Broadgate House is based in the city of Coventry in the United Kingdom. It is an office building owned by Coventry City Council. The building was constructed in 1953 and has a concrete frame with a brick front façade and curtain walling to the rear. The structure covers five storeys and includes a...

MORE-CONNECT Site Talinn

The demonstration site includes one building constructed with prefabricated concrete panel elements. It is a typical soviet apartment building, and it is part of a large housing estate. The key characteristics are: construction date: 1986 number of storeys: five net area: 3824 m2 heated area: 3306...

BUILDSMART Site Bilbao

The demonstration building is a three block residential building located in the Portugalete municipality in the Greater Bilbao and it is developed by the Basque Government-Department of Housing, Public Works and Transport. The new building in Greater Bilbao is oriented to social housing, so the...

BUILDSMART Site Malmö

The Malmö demonstration site covers four new buildings. The main focus was on the sustainability of the buildings. The following buildings have been constructed: Malmö Live – Hotel building (Skanska) Malmö Live is a new concert, congress and hotel complex situated on walking distance from Malmö...

BERTIM Site Bilbao

The prefabricated timber modules, developed by the BERTIM project for renovation of buildings, will be demonstrated in the KUBIK experimental building, located in Bilbao (Spain). Developed by Tecnalia, KUBIK is a research infrastructure consisting of three floors and a cellar. The building is fully...