About the project
Article 9 of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) introduced the concept of “nearly Zero-Energy Buildings” (nZEB):
“…by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero- energy buildings; and after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings”.
This is the starting point of the RePublic_ZEB project which is focused on the energy and CO2 emissions associated with existing public buildings and their refurbishment towards nZEB because of the huge potential for energy savings. Republic_ZEB spans across the South-Eastern European region with eleven partners located in target countries and one outside.
The core objective of the project is to:
- Define cost-benefit optimised “packages of measures” based on efficient and quality-guaranteed technologies for the refurbishment of the public building stock towards nZEB that are standardised and adopted by builders and building owners.
From this stems three basic objectives:
- State-of-the-art assessment of the public building stock through a country-specific evaluation of the energy consumption and CO2 emissions;
- Define reference buildings; and;
- Develop a common framework and a harmonised methodology for the definition of a nZEB concept for public buildings.
RePublic_ZEB aims to achieve these objectives through the following activities:
- Analysis of the public building stock and definition of reference buildings
- Assessment of the status quo and analysis of opportunities for refurbishing public buildings towards nZEB
- Cost-benefit analysis of the “packages of measures” for the refurbishment towards nZEB
- Strategies and guidelines towards nZEBs
- Communication and dissemination
For more detail on the activities see the Project activities page.