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Rodriguez-Maribona, Isabel and Grün, Gunnar (2016) Energy Efficiency in European historic urban districts - a practical guidance. Project Report. EFFESUS.


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Buildings have a significant impact on energy use and the environment. Across the European Union, they are responsible for approximately 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. The majority of buildings in Europe are located in cities, which accommodate around 73% of the population, a share which is expected to increase to over 80% by 2050 [1]. Growth in population, increasing demand for building services and high comfort levels assure that the upward trend in energy demand will continue in the future. EFFESUS has adopted an inclusive definition of historic urban district: ‘a significant grouping of old buildings, built before 1945 and representative of the period of their construction or history, and comprising buildings which are not necessarily protected by heritage legislation’. The European building stock built before 1945 represents 23% of the total [2], and even if a reduced number of these buildings are officially listed, a substantial proportion possesses heritage significance [3]. The European Union has developed several programmes, guidelines and directives on energy efficiency in buildings in order to harmonise instruments and criteria, such as the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD), which strengthen energy performance requirements; or the European Recovery Plan which considers energy efficiency as one of the actions to be tackled to overcome the current crisis. Most of the existing developments in energy efficiency address new constructions without dealing with the uniqueness of historic structures. New solutions typically address individual buildings without considering the urban dimension, where interconnections between buildings and other infrastructures enable different solutions. EFFESUS has been devised in order to reduce the environmental impact of Europe’s valuable urban heritage, by making significant improvements to its energy efficiency while preserving its cultural and historical values. The project brings together the expertise of 23 partners from 13 countries, 12 of them being small and medium enterprises. t develops and demonstrates, through case studies, a methodology for selecting and prioritising energy efficiency interventions based on existing as well as newly-developed cost-effective technologies and systems compatible with heritage values. This methodology is implemented in a decision Support System, a set of tools and information models to facilitate an evidence-based diagnosis and decision-making.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, EU, urban districts, historic buildings
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English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 09:51

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