As buildings, shopping centres have some very particular energy needs. They are extensive, much-visited spaces that need an adequate level of thermal comfort and, depending on their activity (as in the case of supermarkets), have other requirements such as refrigeration. This represents a significant energy expenditure that, at European level, is estimated to be 157 Mtoe (according to data from the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan in 2005). The CommONEnergy project has been set up by 23 stakeholders from ten countries (Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, the UK, Greece, Poland and Germany) with the aim of developing a methodology for the energy retrofitting of shopping centres that will achieve a reduction of 75% in the energy demand of these buildings.
The CommONEnergy project is co-funded by the European Union through the VII Framework Programme and is currently at its halfway stage after its launch in October 2013. To date, energy analysis and diagnostic tasks have been undertaken and from now and up to September 2017 when the project closes, the measures agreed under the demonstration cases will be implemented to test their efficacy. The project consortium brings together 23 stakeholders from different EU countries, including three from Spain: the CARTIF Technological Centre, the Valladolid City Hall and Acciona.Read more…
Researcher, CARTIF Technological Centre
Article published in: FuturENERGY December 2015