The most effective, ecological and economical way towards a solution for our energy problems is an increase of energy efficiency in all areas relevant to our living. The building sector consumes about 40 % of final energy in European countries and therefore presents an area with a huge potential for energy savings. The project aims to define how resources can be used more efficiently in the building sector and to further develop the extensive measures at hand in the sector to increase energy efficiency. Plus-Energy houses, i.e. buildings that produce more energy than they consume on an annual basis, can only be achieved gradually but recent technological developments provide promising complementary solutions. As energy consumption related to buildings and mobility are tightly interwoven, and given that the building sector generates the largest material flows, the project will particulary focus on the individual built structure as part of an associated district, community and town and on how resources could be used more efficiently and their central role in life-cycle assessment.
DTU (Danish Technical University/ Copenhagen)
Prof. Bjarne W. Olesen, Prof. Carsten Rode, Prof. Sven Svendsen
EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/ Switzerland)
Prof. Marilyne Andersen
TU/e (Technical University Eindhoven/ The Netherlands)
Prof. Bert Blocken, Prof. Jos Brouwers, Prof. Jan Hensen, Prof. Elphi Nelissen, Prof. Wim Zeiler