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.

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...

R2CITIES

R2CITIES aims to develop and demonstrate an open and easily replicable strategy for designing, constructing, and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. For this purpose, it will develop a demonstration and dissemination framework of very...

REMOURBAN

REMOURBAN is a lighthouse project whose ultimate goal is to design and validate a urban regeneration model in the cities of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (Turkey), while maximizing its replication potential in two follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and...

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.

SmartEnCity Site Tartu

Tartu has around 100,000 citizens and it is a compact university city. It provides a very good development environment, to a great extent due to its proactive city government. Demanding cross-sectorial cooperation is well established in Tartu, and it has internationally competitive R&D...

SmartEnCity Site Vitoria-Gasteiz

The implementation area of the SmartEnCity project in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) is the Coronación neighborhood, which is a highly vulnerable area from a social and energy-efficiency point of view. With focus on neighborhood regeneration, the actions in the demo site cover three main areas: energy...

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...

PITAGORAS Site Brescia

The demonstration plant in Brescia includes medium/high temperature waste heat recovery (≈600ºC) from a steel foundry and ORC unit (2,1 MWe) for heat and power generation. It will be connected to the existing city district heating network. *Disclaimer: There is not sufficient information available...