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Most of the Progressive Heritage posts have been UK-centric, but what is going on elsewhere? The first place to turn to is our neighbours in the rest of Europe.

The EU has funded several research projects in the last 5 years with focus on effective energy saving measures to existing buildings. See below a list of links of completed projects since 2010.

According to the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA) 14% of EU buildings were constructed before 1919, and 26% before 1945, representing a large untapped potential of CO2 savings.

The most recent research initiative was started this year by RIBuild – ‘Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings’ – and is part of the Horizon 2020 EU research and innovation programme, running from 2014-2020. The research will look into methods of retrofitting internal wall insulation to historic buildings. The project is based on case studies in seven countries – Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland. The output will be to develop guidelines on internally insulating historic buildings without compromising their cultural and architectural heritage. This particular project will run from 2015-2019 and will publish material during this time. One to keep an eye on…

A Selection of completed EU funded projects since 2010

  • Co2olBricks – concluded in 2013 – see their project page here.
  • 3ENCULT (Efficient energy for EU cultural heritage) – October 2010-March 2014.
    This project examined improvements in energy efficiency of heritage buildings in urban environments.
    Click here for more information and a link to a summary of (anticipated) results.
  • ReFoMo (The Reduced Footprints of Monumental Structures, Landscapes & Buildings)  – a ‘Climate-KIC’ project – started in July 2013. This project aims to review the energy footprint of heritage buildings and addressing the market for ‘climate-proof refurbishments’ via potential energy savings.
    Click here for a summary.

In reviewing the projects I found it can be challenging to locate final results and their on-going impact. Having an awareness of the breadth of research is helpful as a starting point but for their impact to increase within the construction community and therefore practical application its dissemination could be improved. Can anyone offer updates or links to new information? Please comment, thanks.

01.09.15 Update:

Thanks to those who have taken an interest in this post. In particular I’ve received some further links regarding energy efficiency work on building projects in the EU from Philippe Moseley via Twitter (@PhilippeMoseley).

Philippe has recommended the website Build Up (www.buildup.eu). This hosts a number of ‘communities’ and one seems particularly interesting – that of ‘Coordinating Professionals in Energy Renovations’ – click here for the link. There seems to be little specific to heritage buildings at present but certainly a useful resource to connect and contribute to.

Philippe also recommends keeping an eye on the IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) database (click here for link) via #EASME (Executive Agency for Small & Medium sized Enterprises) via Twitter. This database lists project work in the EU – and in particular the BRICKS project is relevant to building refurbishment – click here for an overview of the project listed on the database.

02.03.16 Update
Presentations on the 21st January from the RIBuild seminar are now available on line via U-Tube and downloadable PDFs. Click here for link.