Energy-efficient building refurbishment in EuropeNew European project REHOUSE to overcome the main barriers that slow down the EU renovation ratio
The current EU building stock is responsible for over one third of the EU emissions. Over 75% of the EU building stock is energy-inefficient and the very low annual renovation rate of 1% depicts the urgency to address this problem. The EU Green Deal principles illustrate improving the efficiency of renovation projects is a top priority, emphasizing the need of deep renovations that achieve over 60% reduction in energy consumption.
The REHOUSE project (full name: Renovation packagEs for HOlistic improvement of EU’s bUildingS Efficiency, maximizing RES generation and cost-effectiveness) is financed by European Commission’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon. The main result of REHOUSE will be the increase in the scope and productivity of the renovation process, the improvement of comfort and satisfaction of the building inhabitants and users, and the increased use of integrated solutions for the decentralized generation of renewable energy.
As a project partner, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum coordinates the communication activities and the dissemination of the project results. It is responsible for the exploitation activities with the objective to enable market access and a broad application.
Over the course of next 4 years the project will develop 8 innovative and holistic solutions for efficient, cost-effective and sustainable renovation processes. The solutions would be deployed across 4 selected buildings in Greece, Italy, France, and Hungary respectively. This will include detailed designs, pilot set-up and demonstrations to validate the solutions. If proven successful, the renovation solutions can be introduced to the market, implemented in large scale and eventually contribute to speeding up the current renovation rate.
In addition, REHOUSE will:
- Augment the uptake of industrialized technology solutions,
- support the digitisation of the construction industry,
- apply circular principles across the whole value chain,
- introduce the use of safe, sustainable, and secondary raw material in the industry,
- attain recycling, reuse, and efficient waste management in the field of renovation.
“The up scaling of the EU’s building stock renovation process won’t be possible without addressing its technical, financial and most importantly social aspects. The REHOUSE project has a holistic approach to tackle the current challenges. The successful kick-off-meeting here in Valladolid laid a robust foundation for the upcoming 4 years.’, says Javier Antolín of Fundación CARTIF, Coordinator of REHOUSE.
The European consortium of REHOUSE consists of the following members:
• FUNDACION CARTIF, SPAIN
• ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS, GREECE
• DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS, GREECE
• Renel I.K.E, GREECE
• ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION, GREECE
• G. LIGEROS & SIA OE, GREECE
• PROIGMENES EREVNITIKES & DIAHIRISTIKES EFARMOGES, GREECE
• AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE, ITALY
• AGENZIA REGIONALE PER LA CASA E L ABITARE, ITALY
• RINA CONSULTING SPA, ITALY
• TERA SRL, ITALY
• STEEL TECH SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITALIMITATA, ITALY
• K-FLEX POLSKA SP ZOO, POLAND
• R.I. SPA, ITALY
• PEDONE WORKING SRL, ITALY
• UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA, ITALY
• COMMISSARIAT A L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, FRANCE
• TECHNIWOOD, FRANCE
• FAFORRAS FAIPARI KORLATOLT FELELOSSÉGU TARSASAG, HUNGARY
• PLATANPLAN KFT., HUNGARY
• HIT GYULEKEZETE, HUNGARY
• STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH, GERMANY
• NOBATEK INEF 4, FRANCE
• SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA, SWITZERLAND
• SUNAGE SA, SWITZERLAND
Javier Antolín, Sonia Álvarez, Fundación CARTIF
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