The purpose of Buildsmart, a EU FP7 project, is to demonstrate and mainstream cost-effective technologies and methods in the design of buildings with very low energy consumption in different European climates. The project also has a strong focus on energy-related behavioural issues, recognising the role end-users play on energy use in buildings. A large scale deployment of the used methods should be possible to practice 2020 in order to facilitate the implementation of the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The city of Malmö in Sweden is running Buildsmart with a consortium including WSP, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the Basque government, Tecnalia, Codema and the construction development companies Skanska, Roth Fastigheter and FCC.
A number of very low energy buildings, residential and nonresidential, were built and demonstrated in Sweden and Spain.
The buildings are characterised by:
- A total very low energy consumption
- Dense envelopes in order to create a high air tightness and low energy losses
- Energy efficient installations creating a minimised energy use
- Heat recovery systems
- A high degree of renewable energy production either at the building or in the vicinity
- Close connections to surrounding infrastructures as energy systems optimising energy use and reducing peak loads
- Waste management systems created for maximum recycling and energy recovery
- New combinations of existing and tested technology to show cost effectiveness and a high replication potential
Project duration: 01-12-2011 to 31-08-2015
Project's final conference: Sustainable City Development 2016