The BRITA in PuBs project from 2004 to 2008 aimed at rasing awareness on energy conservation and increasing the market penetration of innovative and effective retrofit solutions with moderate additional costs. To demonstrate such solutions 8 exemplary retrofits of public buildings in four participating European regions (North, Central, South, East) have been designed, realised and monitored. Research work dealt with socio-economic analyses such as real project planning needs and financing strategies, retrofit design guidance, development of an internet tool with case studies and retrofit measures presentations as well as benchmarking of consumption and the quality control for a good long-term performance of the building. The training and dissemination work included blackboard information sheets on how to use a building most energy efficient, training of facility managers and architectural students, two symposia, an E-learning module for students, newsletters and a comprehensive website with all project results.
The Ecobuildings project BRITA in PuBs was started in May 2004 to increase the market penetration of innovative and effective retrofit solutions in order to improve energy efficiency and implement renewables with moderate additional costs. As main topic the exemplary retrofit of 8 demonstration public buildings in the four participating European regions (North, Central, South, East) was realised. By choosing public buildings of different types such as colleges, cultural centres, nursing homes, university buildings and churches etc. for implementing the measures, groups of differing age and social origin could be reached. Public buildings can be used as engines to heighten awareness and sensitise society on energy conservation. The technology applications include measures at the building envelope like improved insulation and high-efficient windows, advanced ventilation concepts like hybrid systems, integrated supply technologies like combined heat and power units, energy-efficient lighting and integrated solar application.
Research work packages dealt with socio-economic research such as the identification of real project planning needs and financing strategies, retrofit design guidelines, an internet-based knowledge tool on retrofit measures and case studies including a benchmark tool to compare the energy use of public buildings to the national average and a quality control tool-box to secure good long-term performance of the building and the systems.
The third main pillar of the BRITA in PuBs project was dissemination. This was divided into two parts, the training of users, facility managers and architectural students, and a section on publishing the research and demonstration work to different target groups.
All results and deliverables are available on the project website: www.brita-in-pubs.com
- Retrofit Design Guidelines
- Financing Strategies
- Real Project Planning Needs
- Evaluation Report of the 8 Demonstration Buildings
- BRITA in PuBs Information Tool (case studies, retrofit measures, performance rating)
- Quality Control Toolbox
- Blackboard Information Sheets
- Facility Managers Training
- Architectural Students Lectures
- E-learning Module
General project information:
- Final project activity report
- Glossy brochure BRITA in PuBs
- Glossy brochure Ecobuildings
- Documentation of the 2 symposia