An ambitious four-year project is to develop and demonstrate replicable strategies for designing, constructing and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. The results will open the way for new refurbishments that bring the EU closer to its 2020 goal of ensuring that all new buildings consume very little energy.
Buildings across Europe currently represent about 40% of the energy consumption and about 36% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. Though the ‘zero energy’ concept is billed as a means to reduce carbon emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, it remains relatively uncommon in developed countries but is fast becoming a possibility through the progress made in new energy and construction technologies.
Sixteen research institutes with the support of EU funds are involved in the R2CITIES project, which hopes to develop cost-effective, high performance retrofitting solutions to improve the quality of city renovation and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.
Learn more here http://r2cities.eu/Project/R2Cities_Objectives.kl