The CommONEnergy project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 608678.
CommONEnergy focuses on existing shopping malls to be refurbished and buildings with a different original function, redesigned to become shopping malls. Wholesales and Retail buildings represent 28% of the total non-residential ones (BPIE, 2010). Considering typical shopping malls high impact on modern society (ICSC, 2008), the project addresses their transformation as lighthouses of energy efficient architectures and systems as well as assessment transparency.
The main idea of CommONEnergy is to shift from single-action refurbishments to deep – energy performing - retrofitting.
The basis for doing this is a systemic approach involving technology solution sets and innovative methods and tools:
- Integrated design process guidelines
- An integrative modelling environment
- Energy-economic evaluation tools
- Lean construction and management procedures
- A continuous commissioning approach
- An environmental and sociocultural impact assessment
The Systemic Retrofitting Approach (SRA) allows for achieving ambitious targets:
- Up to factor 4 reduction of energy demand
- Power peaks shaving
- 50% increasing share of renewable energy source favored by intelligent energy management and effective storage
10 to 20 systemic solution-sets will be developed to allow for a wide replication of the demonstration cases.
The energy performances will be achieved with short pay-back times (below 7 years) and high indoor environmental quality, thanks to industrial conceptualization of the solutions and implementation tools.
Technical workshops will contribute to training skilled practitioners and to produce a domino effect maximizing the project benefits.
In addition, we intend to share the project benefits with a broad audience, and thereby hope to create awareness for the importance of a more sustainable consumer behavior.
Creating tangible benefits
The project will lead to a series of impacts which can be summarized as follows:
- Reduction of primary energy demand
- Savings of 1 Mt CO2e/year in shopping malls by 2020
- Significant use of Renewable Energy Sources
- Demonstration of a return on investment within 7 years
- Training of skilled workers and SME contractors in the construction sector
Other benefits of the project are:
- It is directly linked to the market reality and relevant industry actors
- It has a high replication potential and could trigger an increase of renovation rates
- Mobilises significant industry investment
- Triggers creation of 20’000 new jobs
- Improves outdoor and indoor environment by empowering shopping malls to move from consumerism to lighthouses for energy conservation