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Posted: Jan 11, 2013
Long-term roadmap for energy-efficient buildings
(Nanowerk News) A European consortium is organising a multi-sectoral partnership of stakeholders involved in defining research agendas for energy-efficient buildings. The goal is a long-term strategic research roadmap.
The EU is determined to make the transition to a sustainable economy with broad-sweeping initiatives in all major research areas. Currently, buildings are responsible for a very large portion of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Making buildings more energy efficient could contribute significantly to the reduction of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Energy-Efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership in research (EeB PPP) is an initiative within the European Commission Recovery Plan that has produced a roadmap for 2010 through 2013. EeB PPP is focused on promoting green technologies and materials for energy-efficient systems in new and renovated buildings to radically reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In order to extend the scope of such important work beyond the relatively short-term recovery period, European scientists initiated the EU-funded Building UP project. The goal is to create effective coordination of all European Technology Platforms (ETPs), industry-led stakeholders and other initiatives focused on energy efficiency in buildings to address long-term scenarios of 20–40 years. The included initiatives also emphasise application of nanotechnology and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials, and new production processes and devices (NMP).
Expected outcomes include guidelines and policy recommendations for the development of radically new products and services enabled by NMP that simultaneously facilitate sustainability, competitiveness and increased employment.