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Holistic energy-efficient retrofitting of residential buildings <<

Akronym HERB
Funding Europäische Union
Request for Proposal FP7 "Energy-efficient Buildings"
Supporting Organisation Europäische Kommission
HFT project director Prof. Dr. habil. Ursula Eicker
Project Staff Dipl.-Phys. Daniel Gürlich
Project partners University of Nottingham, Green Evolution S.A., Leicester Housing Association, University of Bologna, Municipality of Bologna, E.Value, Almada City Council, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, University of Athens, Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud, Onyx Solar Energy S.L., Mark Group Ltd, Izocam Ticaret ve Sanayi A.?., PCM Products Ltd, Kingspan Insulation Ltd, Complex Ltd, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
Duration 15.10.2012 - 14.04.2016
Project description Europe is facing a large challenge in relation to the energy consumption of its housing stock. Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy requirements in the continent and in the context of all the end-use sectors, they are the largest (followed by transport with 33%). Although building new homes to the demanding energy efficiency regulations in Europe is essential, the benefits will accrue slowly as it will take several decades before such houses form a significant proportion of the stock. The major challenge is retrofitting existing, energy-inefficient homes, to meet 21st century standards within the constraints enforced by structures built in the 19th and 20th centuries. Key to achieving this goal is understanding the process on how best to select and integrate various technologies from the many available, to optimise performance for different building types, climates and socio-economic conditions – a truly holistic approach is therefore required. The HERB project has been established to develop and demonstrate new and innovative energy efficient technologies and solutions for retrofitting older buildings. These shall be installed and performance monitored in a number of typical residential buildings in EU countries.