Heating, domestic hot water

The advantages of new homes (NF73)

This report, released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) Foundation, focuses on new homes and their main advantages. It is based on the results of a NHBC survey, in late 2015, of 2000 people who had recently moved into a new home. The report is structured on 12 themes highlighting the benefits of a new home as opposed to an older one regarding energy bills and thermal comfort among others.


PLANHEAT: Get your city ready for decarbonising its heating and cooling system!

Have you ever wondered how your city can meet its ambitious targets to decarbonise its heating and cooling system? Here is a new project that will offer knowledge, tools and training for supporting your city in such an ambitious goal: PLANHEAT.


PLANHEAT’s main objective is to develop and validate, in real case scenarios, an integrated and easy-to-use tool which will support local authorities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative low carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling.


R2CITIES replicable energy retrofitting strategies: video of Lavatrici District Storytelling now available

R2CITIES project innovation for the benefit of local citizens.


Citizens are the main users of the innovative retrofitting actions implemented locally at R2CITIES demo sites.

Enjoy the story of Genoa's citizens!  Video available here: http://r2cities.eu/News_And_Events/News/Genoa---Lavatrici-District-Storytelling.kl




Renovation of a school from the 1950s to plus energy level

The Uhland school in Stuttgart was undergoing renovation to plus energy level during the last 2 years. Now, the construction work is completed and the pupils and teachers can move back into the main building of the school at the beginning of 2017. The building envelope was insulated with high-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS). On top of the basement slab and at the gable walls vacuum insulation was used. The new windows are triple glazed. All classrooms were equipped with CO2-controlled decentralised ventilation units with heat recovery.

Sanierung einer 50-er Jahre Schule zu einer Plusenergieschule

Die Uhlandschule in Stuttgart wurde in den letzten 2 Jahren zu einer Plusenergieschule saniert. Jetzt sind die Bauarbeiten fertig und der Wiedereinzug der Schüler und Lehrer in das Hauptgebäude der Schule kann zu Beginn des Jahres 2017 stattfinden. Die Gebäudehülle wurde mit hocheffizientem expandierten Polystyrol (EPS) gedämmt. Auf der Bodenplatte und den beiden Giebelwänden kam Vakuumdämmung zum Einsatz. Die neuen Fenster sind dreifachverglast. Alle Klassenzimmer sind mit dezentralen CO2-gesteuerten Lüftungsanlagen mit Wärmerückgewinnung ausgestattet.

Webinar | Think big - Design rules and monitoring results of solar district heating systems


Solar district heating (SDH) is becoming one of the most promising fields for solar heat application, primarily thanks to a strong commitment and effective development policies in central and northern European countries. And the technology’s low specific investment cost achievable by economies of scale will further boost opportunities for growth.