The European Union has announced ambitious targets for the reduction of energy consumption of buildings in Europe. In recognition of the potential for energy savings in existing building stock, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive recast (EPBD recast, 2010) states that, alongside its target to construct zero-energy new buildings by 2020, renovation targets should aim to transform existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings, too. A bold target requires an equally aspirant project and iNSPiRe has set its sights on finding solutions to help meet the EU’s energy-consumption reduction goals in existing building stock across Europe.
We are going to define a process for renovation, but we are also going to develop technologies and products that will be placed on the market.
iNSPiRe is a four-year long, EC-funded project that will see the collaboration of 24 partners across nine work packages from the combined fields of research and development, industry, small business and not-for-profit organizations. The objective of iNSPiRe is to tackle the problem of high-energy consumption by producing systemic renovation packages that can be applied to residential and tertiary buildings. The renovation packages developed by iNSPiRe aim to reduce the primary energy consumption of a building to lower than 50 kWh/m2/year. The packages need to be suitable to a variety of climates while ensuring optimum comfort for the building users.
The first stage of iNSPiRe is the analysis of building stock across Europe to produce seven target examples that represent the majority. By looking at these buildings holistically, taking in all aspects of the structure and energy distribution, iNSPiRE will use these templates to consider renovation procedures with a large replication potential.
The second major stage of iNSPiRe will be the development of multifunctional renovation kits that make use of innovative envelope technologies, energy generation systems (including RES integration) and energy distribution systems. Here there are exciting plans for the development and design of façade and roof kits with innovative energy storage solutions and heating/ventilation devices. The technologies and renovation approaches developed by the iNSPiRe project will be installed and tested on three case studies, two residential and one office building, in Germany, Spain and Italy.
In order to realise the implementation of systemic renovation packages in future renovation projects, iNSPiRe aims to develop effective, reliable and cost-efficient technologies that are ready for use by the construction industry.
“We are going to define a process for renovation,” says Roberto Fedrizzi, from research centre EURAC and coordinator of the project. “But we are also going to develop technologies and products that will be placed on the market.”
Simulation data from the three iNSPiRe target buildings and case studies will also be used to build a database that will serve professionals in the engineering and architectural sectors as well as local authorities and decision makers to inform them of the most efficient and cost effective means of the deep renovation of buildings.
“This will be really useful for a professional, an authority or a decision maker in the initial phases of a renovation project,” says Roberto.
It is really important to know which are the most effective technologies from both an energy and cost point of view out of the various proposals available on the market.
“It is really important to know which are the most effective technologies from both an energy and cost point of view out of the various proposals available on the market.”
We can help make that step forward. We are going to try to make it easier for public authorities and decision makers who aren’t skilled in the sector of energy renovation but have to make decisions.
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