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Sustainable building from the Arctic circle to the Mediterranean

Jul 08, 2015
Attractive public buildings, built of wood and stone to passive house standards: this is how the schools and community centres of the future will look. With its 35 pilot buildings the MountEE project is putting sustainable building into practice in different climate zones.
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One aim of the MountEE project is to give new life to old structures. © Parc Pyrenees Catalanes

According to the EU directive on the energy performance of buildings, from 2018 all new public buildings must meet the “nearly zero energy” standard. The know-how and technology are available, but municipalities need support to ensure implementation of the directive. Under the MountEE project, experts have helped to improve construction and renovation strategies in six European mountain regions, from northern Sweden to the Pyrenees, with the aim of greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

The key to success was a comprehensive, professional and structured approach to the entire construction process, from the conceptual and planning stages right through to implementation. The Austrian province of Vorarlberg has considerable experience in sustainable building and renovation: taking this as a model, a service package was further developed in all regions for use with the 35 pilot buildings to be renovated or newly built.

From 2012 to 2015 MountEE received financial support from the European Union in the context of the “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme. CIPRA International was responsible for the project co-ordination and publicity work.

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