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SERVE : Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment

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The SERVE project targets more than 400 buildings, existing and new, for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. The project led to the creation of a region in North Tipperary which is a leader in the implementation of sustainable energy actions. The project achieved complete retrofitting actions in more than 350 homes and non-residential buildings which dramatically improved their energy performance with a reduction of energy consumption within existing residential buildings of 3.5 MWh/year. Another concrete result of the project is the increase in production of renewable energy in existing dwellings from 660 to 2,300 MWh/year. More than 50 new Eco-Buildings (average 54 kWh/m²/year) were constructed in the Eco-Village and they are supplied by Ireland first renewable energy district heating system (wood and solar thermal). SERVE utilised technical and socio-economic expertise from European partners to monitor performance and impacts in the region and to widely disseminate the results. The aim was also to increase the training of professionals on sustainable energy in the SERVE region. In total: Investment of €8 million in a rural region with a population of 12,000, half of which is co-financed by CONCERTO under the FP6 programme.

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