Energy efficiency: GreenBuilding builds synergies with Interreg MED project “Efficient Buildings”


University of Patras (Greece), representing the GreenBuilding project, participated in the Living Lab, entitled “Designing Energy Renovations Projects for Public Buildings” which is an initiative of the ‘Efficient Buildings’ Interreg Med Horizontal project which took place on May 13-14, 2021. Horizontal projects are the unifying element of a thematic community of projects. Efficient Buildings includes 13 projects which are dealing with energy efficiency measures in buildings across the Mediterranean region. They are in charge of community building activities, joint communication and joint capitalisation of the relevant projects.

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) of Greece presented the energy efficiency tools of two Interreg MED projects (IMPULSE & SHERPA).

  • IMPULSE tool: A transnational purpose web and GIS-based information system which is a user-friendly decision making tool for affordable Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) with high impact. The tool is verified through small-scale renovation projects in each pilot city.
  • SHERPA tool: A finance tool facilitating the introduction of financial criteria during the Energy Efficiency Measures design process, emerging and increasing the awareness of the main financial variables in order to ensure the preparation of financeable projects.

Mrs. Kouta Marina presented the GreenBuilding project, the specific objectives, i.e. the provision of innovative building energy refurbishment plans and measures to increase capacity of public institutions to link-up and respond to negative environmental impacts of high energy consumption, the provision of methods to increase the capacity of users to use refurbished buildings effectively and the planning of cost-effective energy refurbishment of public buildings across climatic zones (Greece, Tunisia, Jordan) using renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Moreover, emphasis was given on the preliminary energy data from the pre-pilot activities for the three pilot buildings and on the questionnaire analysis which was conducted for the pilot buildings’ users. Some tips on what to include in Building Renovation within the scope of supporting sustainable energy-policies in public buildings were also provided. Finally, the GreenBuilding e-tool concept for monitoring energy consumption of public buildings was presented.