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LIFE Conipher - CONcrete Insulation PHotovoltaic Envelop for deep Renovation

LIFE14 CCM/FR/000954


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Contact details:

Contact person: Florian CHALENCON
Tel: 33474184383
Email: florian.chalencon@vicat.fr



Project description:

Background

The building sector (considering the whole life cycle) is responsible for 40% of total European Union energy consumption and is the main contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. European legislation is focusing on existing building stock – most of which has poor insulation performance (with a total thermal resistance R<2 m²K/W) – which must be renovated at an increasing depth and rate to meet climate objectives. New retrofitting techniques have been slow to penetrate the market, however, due to a lack of experience in the construction sector. Thus, they are seldom implemented and their impacts are often lowered.


Objectives

The LIFE Conipher project aims to demonstrate a high performance insulation photovoltaic envelope that makes deep renovation (DR) (i.e. retrofitting of housing stock to improve energy efficiency) more applicable and enables an increase of buildings’ resilience to climate change by meeting several objectives. Primarily, VICAT and its partners aim to develop the first ready-to-use panels for simple and rapid DR, with the panels to include solar photovoltaics, concrete facade, insulation and connections (mechanical and electrical).

The technical feasibility and environmental advantages of the Conipher multi-functional panels, ‘the Conipher envelope’, will be demonstrated at a pilot site, where an occupied building will be renovated. This will demonstrate the adaptability and ease of installation of the technology that is applicable to a wide range of buildings across Europe.

The group will define an economical and simple pre-casting process for industrial manufacture of the Conipher solution and also prepare for large-scale market uptake. The project therefore aims to significantly contribute to the implementation of European climate and environmental legislation, with respect to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, as well as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC, recast in 2010) that sets strict energy targets for existing buildings.

Expected results:

  • Implementation of a demonstration installation of the Conipher envelope;
  • Demonstration of high thermal resistance performance (R);
  • Reduction of primary energy use by 60%;
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 75%;
  • A 50% reduction in installation time in comparison with other retrofitting techniques; and
  • Prototype envelope made from 85% recycled materials (by weight), thus contributing to waste reduction and recycling objectives.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Climate change Mitigation - Energy efficiency
Climate change Mitigation - Renewable energies


Keywords

green building‚  building material‚  environmental performance‚  energy efficiency‚  renewable energy‚  building renovation‚  climate change mitigation


Target EU Legislation

  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • Directive 2010/31 - Energy performance of buildings (19.05.2010)
  • Directive 2009/28 - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (23.04.2009)
  • Directive 2012/27 - Energy efficiency (25.10.2012)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator VICAT
Type of organisation International enterprise
Description VICAT is an international leader in the cement and concrete industry. The group’s research and development activities aim at anticipating and responding to clients’ demands for high-performance products that are easy to use and environmentally sensitive.
Partners ARaymond(A. RAYMOND SARL), France CEA-INES(COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, CEA-INES), France

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Project reference LIFE14 CCM/FR/000954
Duration 01-SEP-2015 to 30-APR -2021
Total budget 1,228,431.00 €
EU contribution 720,228.00 €
Project location Rhône-Alpes(France)

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