CommONEnergy looks for smart strategies and policies for shopping centres

02 may 2016

CommONEnergy team project organizes an event the next June 13, in Brussels, in order to demonstrate to policy-makers and other participants the importance of having commercial buildings-related directives and to put the topic higher in the agenda at the EU level. Participants will get insights into the current mentions of commercial buildings into national building codes and how to frame policies for them as well as dive into the importance of innovating to improve comfort, reduce energy consumption and stick to the EU climate goals, the main goal of this project.

CommONEnergy suggests integrating its results into policy-making with recommendations for new and existing commercial buildings. Shopping centers features in EU28 + Norway will be presented as well as the three demonstration cases lessons-learned (in Norway, Italy and Spain) and replication potential. The importance of innovation will be highlighted, with a session on technologies improving comfort and reducing energy consumption in shopping centers.  

Currently, shopping centers represent 28% of the total non-residential building stock, and they are highly energy-consumers. CommONEnergy seized the challenge to complex buildings and turn them into beacons of energy efficiency. The aim of this CARTIF project is focused on existing shopping malls to be refurbished and buildings with a different original function, redesigned to become shopping malls.

Key shopping mall features, main inefficiencies and energy retrofitting drivers have been identified taking into account the architectural, social, cultural and economic context. Since the majority of shopping centers are already built, there are plenty of energy potentials to be gained through their redesign and reorganization. CommONEnergy partners are developing tools and solutions, not only specific technologies (such as lighting, ventilation, refrigeration, etc.) but, even more important, also methodologies: the objective is indeed to implement a systemic retrofitting able to integrate different technologies, while taking into consideration the environmental and social context.

To participate in the conference, it is necessary to register here. In addition, you can check the agenda here.
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