iNSPiRe was a four-year project, funded through the EC’s FP7 funding programme, that has been working towards the development of systemic renovation packages designed to reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings to lower than 50kWh/m²/year.
iNSPiRe was based on the collaboration of 24 partners across nine work packages from the combined fields of research and development, industry, small business and not-for-profit organisations. The objective of iNSPiRe was to tackle the problem of high-energy consumption in buildings by producing systemic renovation packages that can be applied to residential and tertiary buildings. The renovation packages developed by iNSPiRe aimed to reduce the primary energy consumption of a building to lower than 50 kWh/m2/year. These packages are suitable to a variety of climates while ensuring optimum comfort for the building users.
The first stage of iNSPiRe was the analysis of building stock across Europe to produce seven target examples that represent the majority. By looking at these buildings holistically, taking in all aspects of the structure and energy distribution, iNSPiRE used these templates to consider renovation procedures with a large replication potential.
The second major stage of iNSPiRe was the development of multifunctional renovation kits that make use of innovative envelope technologies, energy generation systems (including RES integration) and energy distribution systems. In this area, the project aimed at the development and design of façade and roof kits with innovative energy storage solutions and heating/ventilation devices. The technologies and renovation approaches developed by the iNSPiRe project were installed and tested on three case studies, two residential and one office building, in Germany, Spain and Italy.
The project has generated a vast amount of data on the energy performance a variety of retrofit technologies have on iNSPiRe’s selected reference buildings. These data were used to build a database that will serve professionals in the engineering and architectural sectors as well as local authorities and decision makers to inform them of the most efficient and cost effective means of the deep renovation of buildings.
The project's final conference was held on 15 September 2016.
Updated on 09/02/2017