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Service as the key to success

Experts support sustainable building in municipalities in the Alps and other mountain regions.

Numerous mountain communities in Europe would like to build or renovate their kindergartens, schools or community centres in an energy-efficient way so as to save costs and energy. Implementation is a major challenge, however, as know-how and experience are still lacking. A service package can now provide further help.

The key to successful, sustainable building projects is a holistic and structured approach, from the idea, to planning and, finally, the end use. Regionally adapted service packages can now help municipalities kept track of the various aspects. Experts such as building ecologists and environmental consultants assist local authorities throughout the entire building process, providing advice on matters such as energy conservation, ecological building materials and quality assurance. The packages are being developed and tested under the EU’s “MountEE – sustainable public building and renovation” project by mountain regions in Sweden, the Pyrenees and the Alps.

The first of more than 30 building and renovation projects that were implemented with the help of regional service packages are now finished. The project website relates the initial experiences of an office building in Crolles, France, a kindergarten in Sagrado, Italy and a museum in Jokkmokk, Sweden.

CIPRA is co-ordinating the MountEE project which is being financially supported by the “Intelligent Energy Europe” (IEE) programme.

 Further information: http://www.mountee.eu/pilot-buildings/

 

 

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