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RESSEEPE: It’s time for Europe’s public buildings to go green

By Edwina Cramp on Wednesday 29 November 2017

Identifed as a promising project by its EC Project Officer, CORDIS wanted to highlight results achieved by RESSEEPE.

Giulia Barbano from our R&D team, who was actively involved in the project, was interviewed by CORDIS (the European Commission's primary service for EU-funded research results) for a recent article.

Completed in July 2017, the EU-funded project RESSEEPE (Retrofitting solutions and services for the enhancement of energy efficiency in public edification) developed solutions to address the energy shortcomings in older buildings. ‘We aimed to improve the retrofit potential of European public buildings by advancing, adapting, demonstrating and assessing several innovative retrofit technologies,’ says project coordinator Giulia Barbano.

The project’s mandate was particularly challenging since it had to consider different disciplines, solutions and stakeholders. From insulation improvements and advanced control systems to efficient lighting and solar technology, the project examined different solutions that could make public buildings significantly more energy efficient. In parallel, it considered end users’ needs, which increases the likelihood of accepting and embracing renovation efforts.

To achieve its aims, the RESSEEPE team developed several state-of-the-art active and passive retrofit technologies. ‘Most of these technologies were developed into full prototypes and were installed in two demo buildings - the Terrassa Hospital near Barcelona, Spain, and the John Laing building of Coventry University in the UK,’ explains Barbano. ‘We also worked on three other demo buildings in Spain, Sweden and the UK which were retrofitted with currently available technologies.’

A crucial part of the project involved assessing the performance of the demo sites before and after the retrofit. This involved the development of monitoring dashboards for each site, several simulations and necessary software solutions for decision support. ‘The demo programme showed a potential reduction in energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions of up to 70 %, i.e. 2000 tons CO2/year.’ Evaluation results have also revealed significant positive social impact in the schools and hospitals under the project, which was validated through user engagement.

The full article can be read here