Building-up energy saving awarness
mostly due to lack of qualified experts. First of all building professionals, primarily building constructors and building technicians (engineers and architects) from SMEs, are still insufficiently aware of available low-energy techniques and solutions for retrofitting . Furthermore, such building professionals are insufficiently trained to apply available techniques in the process of retrofitting, as such establishing a major bottleneck for increasing energy performance of existing buildings as foreseen in the Directive. In order to face these difficulties, the REE_TROFIT will link to available training courses and build upon their resources in order to use existing know-how and to adapt existing material to train building professionals on 3 vocational training programmes. The following 3 training programs, addressing building professionals, aim to qualify the building workforce with skills and know-how on how to propose a suitable dimensioned energy efficient solution for retrofitting of existing building sustainable and energy efficient plant housing retrofitters: • Training Program for Thermo-Hydraulic Installers • Training Program Training for Electrical Installers on Advanced Solutions for Energy Efficiency • Training Program for Construction Professionals for Improving Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings The training programme promoted with REE-TROFIT represents an important complementary action to Teenergy Schools objectives, by contributing to enrich existing professional skills that can potentially be involved in the future, at local level, also in schools retrofitting.
ABITARE MEDITERRANEO financed by
POR CReO 2007-2013, the regional fund of Tuscany Region. The Tuscany region with the scientific coordination of the university of florence is promoting an initiative to create a new mediterranean labelling for high quality, climate adapted buidlingdesign in collaboratio with a consortium of local 12 enterprises and producers of building materials and
componesnt. The idea is to promote a differientiated approach on the necessary qualities for a mediterranean living standard regarding the specific climate conditions, without copiying simply the northern europe energy standards. Mediterranean high quality living means taking into account: thermal mass for passive cooling, solar gains in terms of nerrgy ssaving for heating and electricity and natural ventilation throughout day and night cooling mecanism. The following /Key issues are being analysed and implemented: •
Changes on building standards dues to social and economical evolution • Urban refurbishment and environmental quality • Sustainable architecture and adaptive comfort in building • Integration of different competencies with holistic design approach • “Mediterranean” design • New Mediterranean evaluation of building performances • Innovation in building technology and materials to improve comfort and reduce energy consumption (www.abitaremediterraneo.eu)
ENERCITIES Project Enercities offers a serious gaming learning platform for young people (typical target group: 15-20 years) to experience energy-related implications. The goal is to create and expand virtual cities dealing with pollution, energy shortages, renewable energy etc. The development of the serious game is based on state of the art technologies and insights. The game is fully web-based, 3D perspective (via Unity3D plug-in) and is suitable to play on low-budget computers. The game offers a semi-realistic simulation with game-like visual styles (cartoony) and low entry barriers (easy to understand; multiple levels in order to bring-in more complexity). All these approaches enable a wide distribution of the Enercities serious game across Europe. (www.enercities.eu)
U4ENERGY U4energy is the only real pan-European competition on energy education. You will be
able to compete with schools from all over Europe and share your results beyond your national boundaries. The gallery of entries will feature unrivalled examples of excellent practice, all of which you can contribute to! Three competition categories follow the whole life-cycle of energy education: Share pedagogical ideas and plans to improve energy education in schoolDisplay your actual energy efficiency measures and compare their value in a European contextShow European colleagues how you managed to promote these actions and make them successful in your local community. Awards will take place at two levels: at national level, you will compete with local colleagues, followed by a regional selection with neighbour countries. At European level, you will gain international visibility at a highly distinguished Award Ceremony in Brussels, the heart of Europe. (www.u4energy.eu)
SOLNET Marie Curie EC programme Solnet is a EU-wide network of students and biannual courses on PhD-level (www.solar.unikassel.de/solnet) , it is coordinated by Kassel university www.solar.uni-kassel.de. It has an advisory 3 member committee of which one is D.Serghides. The task of the Advisory committee is to supervise the forthcoming of the project, i.e. to join meetings, give advice for a smoother and more effective networking and organisation of training and research activities. Moreover, in case of conflicts within the network, the committee shall serve as advisor. DS also lecturing on the PhD course of “Advanced Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings (SolNet)”.
“Low Energy Hotels in Southern Europe”
EC funded, 6th Framework Programme Description: The project provides a novel approach to demonstrate a new generation of energy conscious, efficient and sustainable hotel facilities. It includes development, monitoring and dissemination activities, demonstration projects at three hotels, one in Cyprus and two in Greece which serve as benchmarks for good practice hotels. The scientific coordinator is ISES-Cyprus. www.lowehotels.eu