The LWL museum of natural history achieved energy savings of 65% by refurbishing the building© Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL)
2013 GreenBuilding Awards: winners halve energy consumption
Energy-saving efforts in ten new and refurbished buildings in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark) have today been recognised with the European Commission's GreenBuilding Awards.
Buildings are responsible for about 40% of total energy consumption in the EU. The average energy savings of 51% achieved by the winners shows that real savings can be made in buildings, towards meeting the EU's targets for energy reduction. The highest energy savings (75%) came from a refurbished Austrian office building (Amtshaus Schlagergass), which installed a newly insulated roof, heat absorption glazed windows and dynamic shading devices.
The majority of the energy savings were obtained through the introduction of renewable energy sources and energy efficient measures (including heat pumps, condensing boilers, triple glazing, LED lighting, occupancy control and a high level of insulation). Many buildings achieved large energy savings by using highly-efficient heat recovery in air conditioning or ventilation systems.
The award ceremony takes place today during the NextBuilding conference in Milan.