Energy efficiency in buildings

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. While new buildings generally need less than three to five litres of heating oil per square meter per year, older buildings consume about 25 litres on average. Some buildings even require up to 60 litres.

Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, we could reduce total EU energy consumption by 5% to 6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

Energy efficinecy in buildings - DG ENER

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...

FLEXYNETS

FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent district heating and cooling (DHC) networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the...

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...

PITAGORAS

The PITAGORAS project focuses on the efficient integration of city districts with industrial parks through smart thermal grids. Technologies and concepts for low and medium temperature waste heat recovery, considering as well integration with renewable energy sources (RES), and heat (and power)...

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...
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...