The European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) gets under way from June 15 in Brussels. The week-long series of seminars, presentations, meetings and exhibitions will focus on Europe’s low-carbon future, decentralised energy, smart-energy solutions, sustainable mobility, renewables, smart cities, energy efficiency, energy-intensive sectors, the Energy Union, energy democratisation and many other energy-related hot topics.
This year’s event will also focus on the role of responsible consumers in the new Energy Union and in driving the EU towards its sustainable energy goals in areas such as energy efficiency, renewables or greenhouse gas emissions.
A key part of this strategy will be the renovation of older buildings, using innovative and energy efficient retrofitting solutions. In a recent report called Energy Renovation: The Trump Card for the New Start for Europe, the JRC provided a detailed overview of how transforming Europe’s building stock will dramatically reduce the energy we consume and the green house gases we produce. The report went further in describing the renovation of older buildings as not only instrumental in reaching energy targets, but also in creating economic growth and jobs.
“Energy renovation will stimulate a new wave of technological innovation,” the report concluded. “To reduce the cost of deep renovation, there is a need to develop energy renovation ‘kits’ tailored to each construction period, climatic zone and building type, ‘plug-and-play’ manufactured modular components and systems fully integrated with advanced 3D surveying techniques, and innovative insulation materials.”
Must-see Energy Day
With building renovation so key to the EU’s energy strategy, a series of Energy Days have been organised over the EUSEW across Europe, with hundreds of sessions planned promoting secure, clean and efficient energy.
The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) will be hosting an Energy Day to present three FP7 projects in which it plays a leading role – LEEMA, iNSPiRe and A2PBEER.
This event will be an interesting opportunity to find out more about the exciting retrofitting innovations these projects are developing and catch up with the latest developments.
In a packed day, delegates will learn about the ground-breaking work being carried out by these projects, with three main sessions. The first will focus on façade retrofitting solutions with presentations of a timber-frame retrofitting solution with integrated water pipes and decentralised ventilation as well as a centralised system for heating and domestic hot water. This package is currently being fitted by the iNSPiRe project at a multi-family house in Ludwigsburg, Germany. There will also be a presentation about vacuum insulation panels and reversible windows for heating and cooling, currently being deployed by the A2PBEER project.
The second session will focus on novel insulation materials being developed by the LEEMA project, which is using loose fillings, geopolymers, insulated bricks, fiber boards and foamed blocks.
Finally, the third session will focus on lighting innovations that can dramatically reduce energy use in many types of buildings. Both the iNPSiRe project and A2PBEER will present during this part of the Energy Day, looking at pre-fabricated ceiling panels, capturing direct sunlight for use internally and combining natural light with LED.
Delegates will have the opportunity to question all project partners taking part in this event and learn first hand about the innovations that will very soon be on the market and providing huge reductions in energy use and energy costs across Europe.
This is a must-see event for all those involved in building renovation from every viewpoint – policy, construction, architects, building owners or the general public.
The Energy Day will take place on Tuesday 16th June at Maison des Associations Internationales, 40 Rue Washington, 1050 Brussels
Registration is available and it is completely free to attend. Register here