The NEES Project aims to bring together private and public house builders, sustainable architects, architectural schools, environmental engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of ecological building materials, building energy assessors and others concerned with retrofit of existing buildings and the small scale integration of RES in buildings.The aim is an identification, catalouging, pilot demonstration and dissemination of best practise in the retrofit of existing buildings on the basis of natural materials and technologies in all the Programme areas. The technologies will include roof and wall insulation, high-performance window frames, heating and cooling and ventilation technologies, as well as integrated constructed wetlands for water treatment and other forms of waste recycling. The project will develop an integrated framework for the identification and evaluation of natural retrofit and small-scale integrated RES technologies and identify best practise case studies. These will be disseminatied through study visits, practical demonstration events and an on-line portal of natural efficiency technologies. The project will also aim to identify a number of practical pilot projects in different regions that integrate these technologies, and these will be monitored during the project life. The integration of appropriate renewable energy sources will be included in this best practise, but the emphasis will be on low technology and the use of locally made equipment, materials and processes, within a framework of measurably maximising energy efficiency, reducing fossil fuel use, reducing the Carbon consumption of carbon, reducing or reusing waste and maximising water quality.. The project will promote a measurable increase in energy efficiency in all partner regions, based on the promotion and use of natural materials, promoting agricultural diversification, and developing local and marketable skills and products, with a net benefit to the environment and the local economy.
The NEES partnership is aiming to compile a Bid to the Northern Periphery Interreg Programme for September 2010, and is looking for expression of intrest from Local Authorities or solcial housing companies that would want to develop this important them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for futher details.