Despre proiect

INTENSE - From Estonia till Croaia: Intelligent Energy Saving Measures for Municipal housing in Central and Eastern European countries

Why do we need INTENSE?
Growing economies and people’s desire for better living conditions created favourable circumstances for the rapid development of new housing in Central and Eastern Europe during the recent years. However, strong request for new housing for an affordable price usually leads to the issue of quick and cheap construction without sufficient insulation or with cheap materials and further increase of energy consumption.

The demand of the society for energy efficient performance of their households is still low in Central and Eastern Europe due to the lack of appropriate information on possible savings from reduced energy consumption in a longer time perspective. Consequently, there is a lack of experience and qualification in implementing energy efficiency measures among architects, engineers and workers, since such buildings are not yet standard production. Another serious problem is lack of preventive measures as the main focus of energy savings usually rests on measures about retrofitting of the existing building stock, while existing standards and requirements do not promote energy saving measures for new buildings.

Transferul de experienta
Vom selecta si ilustra optiunile de cele mai bune practici pentru cresterea eficientei energetice in cladiri, pe baza experientelor din tara partenera Germania, unde au au fost necesari ani buni de testare si construire. 

Optimising urban planning process
We are seeking to focus on energy sound planning, which could contribute to a much higher energy saving potential than that by thermal insulation technical solutions and materials e.g. by efficient use of renewable energy potentials, compactness of the buildings, minimum shade areas, but as well the efficient supply with heat to new areas of housing. Transport and utilities will be taken into consideration as well as energy consuming factors.

Addressing building process stakeholders
We will develop training modules for executing stakeholders, such as architects, engineers or craftsmen who are responsible for the implementation of specific measures during the construction of new houses.


Informing general public
We will address general public with easy understandable practical solutions on energy saving measures at home by stressing that even small changes equal big energy savings. And here are the easiest ones:


• Switch off lights when they are not in use
• Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems, and computers when not in use
• When buying appliances look for ENERGY EFFICIENCY rating tables

We will make people to understand that the biggest long-term savings come from changing their own energy habits and being more energy efficient around the home. Moreover, we will prepare a set of materials and illustration tools for general public in order to strengthen their demands for energy efficient housing.

Expectations

  • Long years experience from old EU transferred to the target countries and adaptation concepts of best practice examples and technologically sound solution for local conditions developed;
  • Increased capacity and competence of partners and stakeholders with regard to information, strategic planning and implementation of energy saving measures in municipal housing;
  • General public more aware about energy saving potentials at new housing;
  • Increased capacity and competence of partners and stakeholders with regard to information, strategic planning and implementation of energy saving measures in municipal housing;
  • General public more aware about energy saving potentials at new housing;

The experiences and outcomes of the project disseminated across Europe.