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    News 30.10.2018

    Goal: Climate-neutral, affordable housing

    The cities of Stuttgart and Überlingen are collaborating together in the “Urban District 2050 – Solving Challenges Together” research project. The project goal is to remodel and develop two districts to create affordable, climate-neutral housing. The two municipalities are tackling the tasks in different ways. Their systematic approaches will enable, however, the experience gained by the respective demonstration districts to be also utilised by the other city.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 09/2018

    Refurbished vocational college achieves energy-plus level

    Since its refurbishment, the vocational college in Detmold generates more primary energy than it consumes. For this purpose, the facades and the top storeys have been insulated with cellulose, passive house windows have been installed and the roof areas have been covered with PV panels. The existing heating system continues to be used with reduced temperatures. Since 2016, there has been a comprehensive monitoring of its operation.  more...
     

    New Energy Research Programme published

    The German cabinet has passed the new, 7th “Innovations for Energy Transition” Energy Research Programme. The programme replaces its predecessor from 2011. Content-wise, the programme builds on the successes of recent years, sets new courses and defines focal points for research funding and innovation policy in the energy sector. For the years 2018-2022, the German Government is budgeting 6.4 billion euros for energy research.  more...
     

    Developing multifunctional façade elements

    As the outermost layer of the building envelope, the façade performs numerous functions. They are to be intelligently combined to create a system that permits the application of cost-effective, multifunctional façade systems. To do this, scientists are developing a façade element with integrated organic photovoltaics, textile sun protection, a sustainable insulating material and the sensors necessary for control. The next step is to test the elements on the south façade of a multi-storey residential building.  more...
     
    News 05.06.2018

    Testing climate-neutral districts in the real-world laboratory

    How can energy efficiency measures and the utilisation of renewable energy sources enable districts to get by with virtually no fossil fuel? How can smart networking of power, heat and mobility be achieved? Scientists and other stakeholders are investigating these questions in six flagship projects. Initial results and local challenges were outlined by the research teams in a panel discussion at the Berliner Energietage conference.  more...
     
    News 15.03.2018

    Optimising heat pumps for multi-family homes

    Solutions for the application of low-exergy systems are being developed to supply heat to existing multi-family homes. This building services equipment includes electric and gas heat pumps as well as heat transfer and ventilation systems. Different system concepts are assigned to different building types and refurbishment processes and then evaluated. The aim is to realise and evaluate the developed heat pump systems and components in exemplary refurbishment projects.  more...
     
    News 07.03.2018

    From air base to residential neighbourhood

    A new residential district is being built on the site of a former air base in Oldenburg. In addition to new buildings, some of the former barracks buildings will be preserved and converted into residential buildings. A new infrastructure concept is planned that will couple the electricity, heating/cooling and electromobility sectors and integrate them into a cross-sectoral supply network. In addition, the project partners are developing a digital service platform to provide intelligent load and procurement management at the district level.  more...
     
    News 21.02.2018

    Monitoring verifies energy savings

    Systems with integrated phase change materials (PCMs) offer considerable potential for heating and cooling buildings more efficiently. However, so far there has been very little practical experience that has been underpinned by reliable measurement and monitoring data. In the PCM-Demo II research project, eight partners from research and industry are investigating and assessing PCM systems in various applications in the building sector. The preliminary results are now available.  more...
     

    Ventilating operating theatres energy-efficiently

    How can the high energy consumption required for ventilating “clean rooms” in healthcare and industrial production be reduced while ensuring equal or even better protection against airborne particles and germs? This question was investigated by researchers from Hermann-Rietschel-Institut (HRI). They built a research laboratory with two cleanrooms. The results provide a detailed picture of the air flow processes and improved design principles for constructing and operating cleanrooms.  more...
     

    Modern living in an historic urban district

    The Margaretenau residential district in Regensburg is being modernised to improve its energy efficiency. The designers are developing a solar-active and -adaptive exterior render system as a replacement for conventional thermal insulation for the facades. This should increase the solar yields and improve the thermal comfort inside the buildings. The energy supply will be provided by a new and efficient hybrid heating system consisting of cogeneration and heat pump technology.  more...
     

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