Heating consumption in the residential sector in Europe is around 2300 TWh/y, Domestic Hot Water (DHW) consumption reaches 500 TWh/y, while cooling consumption is less than 100 TWh/y.
The EU funded BuildHEAT Project (Standardised approaches and products for the systemic retrofit of residential Buildings, focusing on HEATing and cooling consumptions attenuation) aims to drive change in the construction sector, bring information and coherence onto the market, facilitating the decision making and planning processes through:
- Efficient, reliable, non-intrusive and cost-effective technologies readily made available on the market
- Functional, systemic and easy-to-implement solutions, enhancing energy standards, comfort and healthiness, with an investment cost in the range of 50-60% lower than the new built
- Innovative business models designed to mobilise large investments from the public and private sectors
BuildHeat integrated solutions allow to reduce the space heating and domestic hot water demand from the actual standards (170-190 kWh/m2y) to around 50 – 70 kWh/m2y.
Through the retrofit of multifamily houses with the best available technologies, the project favours residential wellbeing bringing high-energy performance, comfort and healthiness.
A set of reliable, energy efficient and affordable retrofit solutions will be made available, which execution is facilitated by industrialised, modular and flexible Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), façade and Information and communication technology (ICT) systems developed. Despite the affordability, innovative solutions are more expensive compared to off the shelf ones.
Therefore financing models are needed to facilitate the massive entry to market of the new technologies. BuildHeat aims to leverage large private and public investments by using European structural funds, thus promoting retrofit actions at quarter level.
Finally, BuildHeat involves the entire construction chain – from owners to professionals to investors – in the retrofit process and all along the lifetime of the building, by addressing technical, behavioural, cultural and economic perspectives. In this way, awareness and involvement are triggered.
Project duration: 2015-09-01 to 2019-08-31