Building-up energy saving awarness
4.3 Synergies with other INITIATIVES AND UE EXPERIENCES Dr. Monica Lazzaroni, Province of Lucca
COOL ROOFS : (financed by the Intelligent Energy Programme of the EU) The CoolRoofs Project, started in September 2008 and has reached its completion with February 2011. A lot of work has been carried out during the past 30 months to promote the concept and techniques of Cool Roofing in the EU. Passive cooling relies on the use of techniques for solar and heat control, heat amortisation and heat dissipation. Solar and heat protection techniques may involve: Thermal improvement by the use of outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces, layout and external finishing, solar control and shading of building surfaces, thermal insulation, control of internal gains, Increasing the reflectance and/or emission lowers a surface’s temperature, which in turn decreases the heat penetrating into the building, if it is a surface of the building envelope, or contributes to decrease the temperature of the ambient air as the heat convection intensity from a cooler surface is lower. The large-scale use of cool materials in an urban area leads also to indirect energy savings due to the increased solar reflectance that contributes to the reduction of the air temperature because of surface heat balance at the urban level. The indirect benefits arise from this ambient cooling of a city or neighborhood that will in turn decrease the need for air-conditioning. All technical solutions identified with “Cool roof” contribute to reduce the energy consumption in buildings due the need of cooling which is typical of the MED area buildings. Passive cooling is also one of the main solutions suggested in Teenergy Schools project in order to reduce the energy consumption in public schools and improve the indoor quality; a specific workshop was organised within Teenergy Schools on passive cooling in order to stimulate the
transfer of know-how from “Cool Roof”. This was facilitated by the fact that Province of Trapani was at the same time a partner of both projects. ( www.coolroofs-eu.eu)
“MARIE “ – Mediterranean Building Rethinking for Energy Efficiency Improvement (financed by the MED Programme as strategic project) The project covers 8 countries of the MED Space: Cyprus, France (PACA), Italy (Piedmont, Basilicata, Umbria, Liguria and Friuli Venetia Julia), Malta, Portugal (Alentejo), Spain (Generalitat de Catalunya and Junta de Andalusia). Marie main objective is to improve Med building energy efficiency and exploit the opportunities offered by the EU policy and directives on EE in Buildings and taking into consideration the distinct characteristics of the MED area. The project presents some interesting connections with Teenergy Schools: • there is a common start: improving the energy performance of buildings even if Teenergy Schools is centred on school buildings; • there is a common consideration: the MED area presents different circumstances from Central and north Europe as for climatic, social and economic conditions; more over most of the energy consumption in used for cooling . Consequently the project tries to promote new regulations and institutional tools in response to the European Energy standards, new financial mechanisms to improve the buildings energy efficiency especially on the existing buildings which will continue to represent more than 90% of the energy demand of buildings in 2020. Interactions between MARIE and Teenergy Schools will be possible in different fields: a) the Teenergy Schools Protocol of Intent
undersigned by partners local authorities can implement the policy dialogue which Marie will promote in order to facilitate the engagement and agreement of main policy actors (at national, regional and local level) in producing a new regulatory framework promoting EE in buildings; b) Teenergy Schools reveals that one of the main factors for improving energy efficiency in schools as in any other building, is to raise the quality and the innovation of materials, techniques, processes and services. One of MARIE’s challenges is to stimulate SME in providing innovative services and products for energy refurbishment of buildings. This specific aspect has not been treated in Teenergy Schools, but the project Guidelines and the energy audit give important indications to MARIE project.
REE-TROFIT The REE-TROFIT consortium intends to participate to the Programme. The project idea targets the SAVE scheme, regarding the rational use of energy in EnergyEfficient Buildings. The partners involved are: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lucca, ABITA Interuniversity Research Centre, Lucense Consortium, The Bács-Kiskun County, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Drome, Technological Educational Institute of Crete – Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Engineering College of Aarhus, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, European Labour Institute of Bulgaria. The theme tackled by the project focus on the difficulties encountered by member states in the application of the energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Despite efforts so far and the huge potential of retrofitting for energy savings in housing, the construction market still features substantial barriers hindering the application of the Directive