Eastern European (EE) countries have a large number of low quality housing
built with prefabricated concrete elements. These concrete residential
buildings present the largest retrofitting challenge in Eastern European
countries; and one of the best opportunities to substantially improve energy
efficiency of residential buildings on the large scale in the EU. In the light
of the ambitious energy-efficiency improvement targets in the building sector,
we look at possibilities of retrofitting these buildings, focusing on
sustainability and to reduce negative environmental impact.
We attempt to adapt some of renovation experience of prefabricated concrete
residential buildings in Finland to Eastern Europe, with special focus on
technological (e.g. architecture, building physics & structural safety),
economical, institutional and policy settings.
RESPIRE is part of the ERACOBUILD
project INSPIRE (Integrated strategies and policy instruments for retrofitting
buildings to reduce primary energy use and GHG emissions), the Finnish-EE part
of it being developed in partnership between VTT and the Polytechnic
University of Timisoara, in Romania. The financing in Finland is from TEKES,
RUUKKI and VTT, and in Romania from UEFISCDI. Arkkitehtitoimisto Käppi is
working on architectural solutions.
Analyze the retrofit technologies to a number of examples and analyze in
detail the impacts (financial, added value, energy, CO2, service life etc
Please also visit the alternative
project site for more details.