The use of renewable energy in the building sector is currently dominated by the application of solar domestic hot water and PV systems in single-family houses. This project, which as it has no UK partners is less well known here, is aimed at buildings with a small roof area compared to the floor area (“high-rise buildings”) and for existing buildings that generally have a higher energy demand than new buildings. The project addresses some of the issues that need to be addressed if urban heat islands are to be illuminated; for example:-
- development of integrated building concepts, suitable for a major share of the high-rise building stock, which can be characterised as the most cost-effective combinations of existing and/or newly developed components;
- development of new multi-functional façade components which combine standard features and the use of renewable energy resources;
- development of new business and cost models which consider the entire life cycle of a building and which incorporate the benefits of reduced operating costs and greenhouse-gas emissions;
- a decision support tool will help the planners to find the best integrated building concept.
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