Specific objectives and outcomes
This project has demonstrated that large scale energy performance improvements in existing non-residential buildings can satisfy profitability demands set by the building owner/investor and thus become a market driver for major refurbishment of existing buildings. This has been realized by introduction and development of the Total Concept method with the following outcomes:
- further development of the Total Concept method and tools needed for adapting it to national conditions. The Total Concept method has been customized to fit the needs of a participating country in particular;
- applied and demonstrated the Total Concept method with pilot projects in participating countries;
- developed materials and tools needed for know-how transfer and carried out trainings and workshops for implementing the Total Concept method in the participating countries on a broader scale;
- improved awareness of and know-how about cost-efficient energy retrofitting in existing buildings together with necessary associated education and training.
- promoted cost-efficient energy retrofitting in existing non-residential buildings based on the Total Concept method;
- provided general recommendation for the Total Concept method future implementation on an European scale
The Total Concept method aims to:
- Opens up new opportunities for property owners to carry out major energy performance improvement retrofitting in a profitable way and thus create a market driver for major refurbishment of existing buildings towards Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings.
- Resolve one of the main non-technical barriers for finding economically profitable solutions for investments for energy performance improvements in the non-residential building sector.
- Increase awareness and competence among different stakeholders to continuously work with the energy issues related to the building performance on both short and long term scale.