Integrated Energy Design in Public Buildings

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Program Type: Intelligent Energy Europe Programme

Project details: The INTEND project was aimed at promoting the adoption of Integrated Energy Design (IED) in Europe. IED is a design process taking energy demand into account from the very beginning and throughout the whole design process. It is based on the well-proven observation that changes and improvements in the design process that can dramatically reduce the energy demand are relatively easy to make at the beginning of the process, but become increasingly difficult and disruptive as the process unfolds.

Using IED allows thus to reach levels of energy performance well above conventionally designed buildings and current EPBD requirements. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate that outstanding results regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and indoor climate can be achieved if architects, engineers, building owners and investors adopt together an Integrated Energy Design approach. Guidelines, an Internet database, literature and the study of at least 12 building projects were part of the project’s work plan.

Funding agency: European Commission IEE


European educational infrastructure on energy efficient lighting technologies, assisted by 3D environments

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Program Type: SAVE II

Project details: SynthLight is a multinational educational programme on energy efficient integrated building design in the urban environment. The training material consists of a handbook, supplemented by advanced multimedia technologies such as VRML, stereoscopic images and videos and JAVA applets. As well as the training material, a European Educational Infrastructure was created allowing the use of the teaching material by our partner universities and through distant learning. An on-line assessment consisting of 60 multiple-choice tests is available for the students to test their knowledge of the topics covered in the handbook. On success, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued..

Funding agency: European Commission SAVE programme


“Master and Post Graduate education and training in multi- disciplinary teams”

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Program Type: Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)

Project details: To achieve implementation of the EPBD and beyond it is necessary to design optimal energy efficient buildings through an integrated multidisciplinary design approach. Currently, architects and engineers don’t often work together in such teams. This leads to inefficient solutions and higher costs of construction.

IDES-EDU aimed in educating, training and delivering specialists for the building sector, via:

1) Improved curricula and training programs,

2) Exchange between students and professionals,

3) Certification and accreditation of the courses at national level, as well as frameworks for European certification

4) A multimedia teaching portal to make the educational packages available to graduate students and building professionals in Europe at large and, finally,

5) Widespread promotion of the approach. In IDES-EDU, 15 universities across Europe fulfilled this need by developing curricula and training programmes within a European framework. It was elaborated and implemented in collaboration with accrediting bodies and relevant key actors and stakeholders from the building sector. Additional EU MS were addressed in this action by the university exchange programme involving >60 universities.

Funding agency: European Commission


“Students Achieving Valuable Energy-Savings”

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Program Type: Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)

Project details: SAVES is an inter-dormitory energy-saving campaign that will be run in 484 dormitories at 19 Universities housing 25,157 students in five countries over the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16 (50,314 students in total over 2 years). Main objectives are:

1) Save quantifiable amounts energy in student dormitories through energy-saving behaviours,

2) Create a network of student champions in dormitories across five EU countries,

3) Develop pro- environmental behaviours and energy-saving habits by students in higher education,

4) Develop a self-funding model that expands within existing partner countries and to new EU member states after grant funding ceases.

Funding agency: European Commission