New measures for the energy refurbishment of buildings

Acciona Infraestructuras, Zaragoza Vivienda and CIRCE are taking part in a project funded by the European Commission that will develop a new package of retrofit solutions to achieve an 80% energy reduction. According to the European Commission, the construction sector represents around 40% of total consumption in the European Union and is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 36% of the total CO2 emissions from all Member States.

Apart from the potential that energy efficiency applied to the design of new buildings offers, the operation of the buildings during their useful life cycle also provides exceptional opportunities to decarbonise Europe’s economy, particularly in terms of consumption for heating and cooling. However, the replacement rate of the installations in the existing building stock with new systems is very low (1-1.5% per year), which despite representing an excellent environmental and economic opportunity, proves that there is a need for stimulus and promotion via research measures accompanied by administrative and economic support.

Moreover the sector is extremely fragmented, with over 50% of residential buildings being owned by private individuals. It is also a sector in which SMEs predominate (more than 95%). This is the context against which the BuildHeat project has emerged, an initiative financed by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme that aims to address all these challenges to achieve the refurbishment of residential buildings in Europe.Leer más…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2016