High-performance new buildings

Energy efficient buildings minimize their energy demand while providing a comfortable living environment thanks to high efficient designs. Energy efficient buildings are optimized from the first stages of design together by architects, scientists, engineers and/or life cycle analysts. The main objectives of energy efficient buildings are to facilitate the efficient use of resources, the reduction of waste and the mitigation of CO2 emissions, putting upcoming construction activities on the roadmap to a resource efficient Europe.

Energy efficient buildings introduce new construction techniques such as prefabricated building elements, new façade technologies and smart materials. The smart management of these buildings is essential to decrease their demand: ICT provide smart regulation solutions, enhance user experiences and awareness building. Regarding technologies HVAC technologies, they have to be selected and adapted from the first stages of design. Mechanical and natural ventilation, active thermal mass storage, DHC, heat pumps, photovoltaic elements and thermal collectors can all be integral parts of building design depending on the requirements.

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

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...

NEXT-BUILDINGS

The NEXT-Buildings project focuses of low energy buildings also called active houses, which are not only buildings, but active components in the overall integrated energy systems. The target is to demonstrate affordable solutions for social housing and revitalisation of town areas. The solutions...

NEED4B

NEED4B is a collaborative project that will demonstrate cost-effective and energy efficient technologies and methods for the design and construction of very low-energy new buildings. A series of pilots located in different European climates will show how to achieve a primary energy consumption...

EE-HIGHRISE

The overall objective of the EE-HIGHRISE project was to demonstrate and validate new technologies, concepts, and systems used, in order to test and assess the technological and economic feasibility of innovative energy solutions in the high rise demo buildings in contributing to the EU energy and...

DIRECTION

DIRECTION aimed at demonstrating how the use of very innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies can lead to the achievement of very low energy new buildings. This aim along with the effective adoption of low energy buildings was achieved by switching to a model whereby energy...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

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...

TRIANGULUM Site Stavanger

The Stavanger region is regarded as one of the most innovative regions in Norway. For ten years in a row, it has been appointed The Best Business Region in Norway (NHO) and has a practice for close triple helix cooperation among businesses, academia and public sector. The region aims at a high...

NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Helsingborg

In Helsingborg there is a very ambitious climate action plan, where the city as a whole has already reduced its CO2 emission by about 88% compared with 1997 level and the share of fossil fuel is now less than 20%. The goal is to become totally CO2 neutral or even to export CO2 neutral energy to...

NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Amsterdam

Local policy of the city of Amsterdam is that all new developments should be carbon neutral by 2015. The Houthaven in Amsterdam West (‘Stadsdeel West’) is one of the pilot projects having already the objective to build carbon neutral and set the standard for cost effective carbon neutral...