Practices

Cork Institute of Technology

Highlighted Case February 2013
Cork Institute of Technology’s (C.I.T) main campus in Bishopstown is being refurbished using Kingspan Benchmark’s Ceramic Granite Façade and Karrier Panel System to help transform both the aesthetics and the performance of their 1970’s...
Building envelope:External walls: an Architectural Metal Systems’s (AMS) renovate curtain wall was installed around the building’s original façade. A modular system, combining Benchmark’s Karrier Panel with AMS’s triple...

House of Crafts

Highlighted Case January 2013
This building dedicated to a professional audience is an exemplary demonstration of an environmentally friendly and natural resources approach. Energy efficient (BBC level = Low consuption building) and reflecting a committed participation...
Located in Gargas in the Vaucluse, the House of Crafts combines local materials such as cedar wood, hemp and compressed earth brick, produced locally in Luberon. The roof adopts a complex of vegetation, the structure includes a wall-sensor...

Multi-family dwelling, Lübeck

Highlighted Case December 2012
This multi-family dwelling in Lübeck was renovated following the criteria of an energy efficiency retrofit (KfW Effizienzhaus 70 – EnEV 2007). The rehabilitation measures included the renovation of the façade (insulation of the outer...
Building envelope:Walls: 90 mm PUR/PIR and 20 mm glass fibre (cavity wall insulation). U-value of the walls before renovation: 1.35 W/(m²•K). U-value of the walls after renovation: 0.20 W/(m²•K). Reduction of about 84 % of...

1st Building of Green Urban Pilot Neighborhood, Athens, Greece

Highlighted Case November 2012
Green Urban Pilot Neighborhood: EU and Greek State funded project aimed at the creation of a case-study 'neighborhood' in the existing residential complex of low-income housing in Ag. Varvara, Athens, Greece. The project commenced with the...
The project of the Green Urban Pilot Neighborhood, run by the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and funded by EPPERAA and EU Cohesion funds, is one of the first in the country to involve the close collaboration of a...

First-hand experiences from the “Faluház” RUE investment

Highlighted Case October 2012
886 apartments, 5,600 m2 of windows, 24,000 m2 facade surface and residents who would fill a small municipality – the Faluház apartment building in Budapest’s Óbuda district is enormous, which is one of the reasons it could be renovated in...
The Faluház beforeThe building was built in 1970; it was considered an example of Socialist apartment developments; the leaders of that time were very proud to have demolished the one-storey houses of the neighbourhood,...

Hirtenwiesen II: Storing the sun for learning and living

Highlighted Case September 2012
Germany´s largest solar thermal system, "Hirtenwiesen II", was inaugurated in Crailsheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In addition to 260 accommodation units, the solar local heating supply system also supplies a school and a sports hall...
The development area “Hirtenwiesen II” was built on the former 115 ha barrack grounds in Crailsheim. One grammar school and its sports hall as well as around 260 single family homes and terraced houses are now being supplied via a local...

Boutique Hotel Stadthalle Vienna: a zero-energy balance hotel

Highlighted Case August 2012
The Boutique Hotel Stadthalle in the Austrian capital, Vienna has invested in sustainable resources and saving energy. It has taken advantage of an innovative European programme that is helping hotels, which are responsible for 20 percent...
The owner of the hotel, Michaela Reiterer, is committed to being environmentally friendly, but she is also a business woman. So she is pleased to say that her investment is paying off: “Normally in a 3-star hotel in Austria, the energy...

Affordable passive housing units in Brussels

Highlighted Case July 2012
Two new residential buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region opened their doors on the afternoon of Tuesday, 19 June 2012. The building’s architects and residents also attended this event, co-organised by BUILD UP.
L'Espoir: 15 Kwh/m²/an Rue Fin 3-13, BE-1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean 14 new sustainable duplexes that low income families acquired at lesser cost.   Gross area: 1,833 m²   Handover: End of 2009   Construction costs VAT /...

Hollywood House, UK

Highlighted Case June 2012
The Hollywood House uses over 50% less energy than prior to the retrofit project, which has resulted in significant financial savings for the building’s tenants. The total cost of the refurbishment is estimated to be repaid in...
 Initial situation:   The existing five-story building in Woking, England was constructed in the 1980´s and was not energy efficient with very high operational costs.  It is located in central Woking, which is a built-up...

Science park campus, Telegrafenberg Potsdam

Highlighted Case May 2012
A new research building housing 191 members of staff for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is being planned for the "Albert Einstein" science park, which is listed as a landscape of historic and architectural...
 Location of local communityPotsdam, 14473 Potsdam, Potsdam, BrandenburgSettlement in figuresArea: 187,27 km², Inhabitants: 156.906Developer, organizerPotsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. (PIK)SettlementScience park (user...

Princedale Road Passivhaus

Highlighted Case April 2012
Built in the 1850’s, 100 Princedale Road is the first retrofit to be awarded Passivhaus accreditation in the UK. The terrace’s age, and its location within the Holland Park Conservation Area of London, led to several additional challenges...
Building envelope: Pitched roof: a 130 mm thickness of PU insulation Kingspan Thermawall TW55 was fitted between the rafters and followed by a 12 mm layer of OSB, which runs continuously throughout the property, and is...

SF-ENERGY INVEST project: A GENIUS from Transylvania

Highlighted Case March 2012
Good practice examples of sustainable energy projects, implemented with the help of European Structural and Cohesion Funds (SF). A Sustainable Energy University in Brasov called: The Green Energy Independent University Campus Project (...
Romania - Energy efficiency and Renewable energyInitial situation:  Brasov is located in the central part of Romania. It has 286,000 inhabitants and is a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors. This action is an integral part...

Great Glen House - Scottish National Heritage Headquarters (SNH)

Highlighted Case February 2012
The Great Glen House, situated in the Westercraigs area of Inverness on the site of a former nursing home, is the new headquarters for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS ). This building has created a...
Initial situation: The existing building was a former nursing home and was incapable of adaptive reuse; however the materials were re-used when possible. Description:  The requisites of the SNH were to...

Ironworks Acroni

Highlighted Case January 2012
Ironworks Acroni in Slovenia is a good practice example of improved indoor lighting efficiency based on an energy performance contract.
The existing structure of the ironworks has a very old indoor lighting system, approx. 30 - 50 years.  There are very low light levels in four workshops (120.000 m²) in the range of 30 - 100 lux. It also has high installed lighting...

"Low-Tech" and "Low-Cost" energy surplus school Hohen Neuendorf

Highlighted Case December 2011
The project deals with the design, construction and operation of a new elementary school with a tripartite sports hall which produces more energy than it consumes in an annual balance. The aim is to create architectural quality by applying...
General informationYear of construction:  2009 - 2010Number of pupils:  540Number of classrooms:  18Gross floor area:  7,414 m²Useful floor area according to EnEV:  6,563 m²Heated net floor area (energy reference area):  6...

PowerMatching City

Highlighted Case November 2011
PowerMatching City is a living lab Smart Grid demonstration in the Netherlands consisting of 25 interconnected households. It was launched in 2007 as one of the INTEGRAL project demonstrations (EU FP6-038576). PowerMatching City...
 Hoogkerk, a suburb in the Netherlands, officially began operating a microgrid and calling itself "the power-matching city" on March 10, 2010. The Hoogkerk microgrid includes 25 interconnected houses and is part of the...

Kindergarden Cologno Monzese

Highlighted Case October 2011
This kindergarden for sixty children shows estimated energy savings of almost 80% in reference to legal values. Its main features are the high thermal insulation level of envelope and the high efficiency systems, such as the summer ground...
_ All the technical information and energetic features of the building are presented in the provided file attached below. It is possible to download the building presentation given during the GreenBuilding European...

Troja block of flats - Case study fact sheet - Eastern region, Czech Republic

Highlighted Case September 2011
More than 80 % of the electricity consumption and more than 50 % of the heat consumption of 650 flats is covered by the electricity and heat produced in CHP units installed inside the block of flats. Electricity from the CHP units is...

Kingspan Lighthouse

Highlighted Case July 2011
The Kingspan Lighthouse was launched at the UK Building Research Establishment's (BRE) Innovation Park in 2007 and at the time was the most advanced house ever produced in the UK for mainstream construction. With annual fuel costs of just...
Building envelope: The Kingspan Lighthouse adopted a 'fabric first' approach utilising the Kingspan TEK Building System which consists of SIP panels comprising a rigid urethane core with OSB autohesively bonded on...

Daycare Center "Die Sprösslinge", Monheim (Germany)

Highlighted Case June 2011
The daycare center "Die Sprösslinge" in Monheim is a workplace childcare facility for children of Bayer employees. It contains offices, classrooms, and recreation areas hosting approx. 60 children + staff. Enclosed space: 3 556 m³ / floor...
Building envelop: Optimized building envelope and cubature Polyurethane insulation boards (λ= 0.028 W/m•K), approx. 200 mm (Passive house) triple-glazed windows (approx. U= 0.70 to 0.90 W/m²•K) Building envelope (mean...