Buildings account for approximately 40% of final energy consumption.
Investing in energy efficiency measures in buildings can therefore generate substantial energy savings, while also supporting economic growth, sustainable development and job creation. A greater use of energy-efficiency measures and technologies, combined with renewable energies, are cost-effective ways to enhance the security of our energy supplies.
Ongoing activities of our projects include:
- Energy management measures that reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of public buildings, in particular schools. Besides buildings, also other types of public infrastructure such as wastewater treatment plants and municipal waste management infrastructure as well as public lighting are addressed.
- Retrofitting and refurbishment of existing buildings into near zero energy buildings.
- Development of different forms of financing and contractual arrangements as well as demand side management tools.
- Pilot testing and identifying potential usage of renewable energy in public infrastructures and preparing follow-up investments.
Solutions created by Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects include:
► Collection of best practices, strategies, action plans and various tools for increasing energy efficiency
► Application for calculating energy savings and reductions of CO2 emissions
► Assessment tool for public investments
► Roadmap for financing energy efficiency actions
► Platform for designing and financing projects for nearly zero energy public buildings
► Guidelines for integrating dynamic lighting into public lighting systems
► Tool for measuring the energy self-sufficiency of houses
► Tool for calculating the optimal size of a photovoltaic and a battery energy storage system
► Measures to promote wastewater as a source of renewable energy
► Resources for the use of shallow geothermal energy for heating, cooling or seasonal heat storage
► Learnings from piloting energy storage in city centres
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