In central Europe large parts of the existing building stock were built before 1970 and as a result, performance is not in line with required energy efficiency standards. Renovation of buildings emerges as an urgent issue but while incentives are provided to private investors, public building renovation is more difficult as local authorities face significant limitations of budget. Another barrier is the lack of knowledge of performance/cost characteristics for efficient renovation of buildings.
The FEEDSCHOOLS project aims to provide local authorities with new solutions, both technical and financial, which will help them to implement ‘nearly Zero Energy Building’ (NZEB) renovation activities in schools. The innovative approach consists in developing a transnational and holistic support toolkit and a web database of innovative best practices for NZEB renovation. FEEDSCHOOLS will also provide open lessons focused on behavioural change in schools. At least 48 energy audits will be implemented and preliminary plans for NZEB renovation of existing schools will become a reference models for the region.
Directive 2010/31/EU of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast) states in the Article 9 p.1.(b) that after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB).
What requirements for NZEB mean in practice? Is it possible to reach NZEB standard in existing public buildings? How FEEDSCHOOLS project supports municipalities in planning renovation to NZEB schools?
Eco-City project was presented in the French Pavilion at COP24 in Katowice. Ms Katarzyna Kacpura, Deputy Director of the Infrastructure Department of the City of Warsaw, showcased the respective activities by the Polish capital during discussion panel on the air quality.
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An experimental call for proposals will be launched in spring 2019 to capitalise on promisin results of the currently funded 85 Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects. These will help to further increase the sustainability of existing results and as well as to improve policy making.
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Regional workshop on the FEEDSCHOOLS project took place during the international
conference Innovative Eco-City 2018 in Warsaw attended by municipalities and other project stakeholders - 550 participants in total - on the session devoted to the role of energy efficiency and renewables.
01 september 2017
31 august 2020
Work Package 1 main objective is to set up an innovative web based toolkit that will simplify the energy audit process allowing significant economic and time savings while choosing the more advantageous renovation option taking in account also carbon footprint of renovation activities.
Work Package 2 is aimed at increasing inflow of private (non-public) funds, sharing knowledge on successful financing mechanisms that will allow public bodies to afford costs of NZEB renovation of public buildings.
Work Package 3 tests and evaluates the innovative approach and the complete toolkit (2 Apps and database) which will be the basis for designing energy renovation plans in schools. 3 pilots will be developed, one for each school infrastructure characterized by different energy profiles according to intended use: classrooms, sports halls and canteens.
Project FEEDSCHOOLS has 11 partners from 7 Central European countries
ENEA is one of the largest scientific and technological state-owned Italian institutions with a specific mission in applied research activities, technology transfer and dissemination of innovation.
based in Prague, Czech Republic is one of the leading consultancy companies providing assistance mainly in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental issues, including Energy Performance Contracting consultancy (EPC). Enviros is active in the Czech Republic, Central and Eastern Europe, but also in other parts of the world.
Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Akademia is a Polish non-profit private research organisation active in the field of interdisciplinary research, employing over 200 experts in the field of social sciences and engineering. Pro-Akademia's main field of expertise is sustainable energy and energy efficiency.
Zala County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion (ZMVA), established by the Zala County Government, is a non-profit organization promoting economic development of Zala County, improvement of the national and international economic relations and supporting the establishment and growth of SMEs.
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