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.

ECO-Life

ECO-Life aimed to establish a replicable planning and implementation approach and to demonstrate innovative and integrated energy concepts in supply and demand side in municipalities in Lithuania, Belgium and Denmark to reach the goal of zero CO2. The local ECO-life projects were integrated in...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

NEED4B Site Lecce

The NEED4B Lecce pilot site is located in Lecce (Italy), in a central and strategic part of the city, few meters away from the historic center and in front of a recreation space for students. It is a mixed use building composed of four floors over ground and three floors underground. The third and...

NEED4B Site Quarengon

The Belgian NEED4B demonstration site is located in Quaregnon (Belgium), about 60 km south of Brussels. The company VSM developed a project of around 56 dwellings on a land of about 20,000 m2 with the objective to demonstrate the development of a new local district with low energy new buildings in...

DIRECTION Site Munich

The German demo site is located in the Munich, under a Continental Climate. The building, known as NU-office, has 11, 000 m² of floor space dedicated to offices and shops. The building is awarded with an international Platinum LEED certificate in Green Building, being a unique example in Europe as...

DIRECTION Site Valladolid

The Spanish demo site is located in the centre of Spain, under a Mediterranean Continental Climate. The building, known as CARTIF III, has 4,075 m² of floor space and will be used for CARTIF Technology Centre research activities, with both offices and test facilities. The design and construction of...

PIME'S Site Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the province of Álava and of the autonomous community of the Basque Country in northern Spain with a population of 235,665 people. It will be the European Green Capital in 2012. The main focus of the community is to avoid the need of cooling during the summer...