How can old houses be renovated towards energy neutral?
On November 6, Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg held a seminar on a new industrialized way to renovate cost-effectively to energy neutral levels, being developed within the European collaboration, INDU-ZERO. The goal is to design a factory that manufactures renovation packages at half the cost compared to today's technology. During the afternoon, the participants got to meet partners from several countries with broad competence in the subject.
Many older buildings and homes in Europe need to be renovated to become more energy efficient. The seminar and workshop discussed issues related to industrialised renovation such as technical requirements, automation, logistics and business models to achieve greater comfort, lower costs and increased value for property owners and residents.
At the seminar participants learned how the construction industry and property owners can benefit from the results of INDU-ZERO. Inspirational cases such as INDU-ZERO's test bed in Norwegian Bodø and how the project can be applied in the Swedish Million Program was presented, followed by a discussion on how the INDU-ZERO concept can come to practical use in the Swedish building stock.
- It was an exciting and rewarding workshop with a broad representation of participants from different industries and with different backgrounds. Participation in the workshop was characterized by enthusiasm and gave many new insights and ideas on how we can proceed to establish a "showcase" for INDU-ZERO in Sweden, says Björn Westling, project manager at Johanneberg Science Park.
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14 organisations and companies from six countries in northwestern Europe are now designing a factory to produce special renovation packages. The concept is part of a European collaboration, INDU-ZERO, with the goal of producing standard renovation packages on an industrial scale (target: 15,000 homes per year). The package will contain various components that are necessary to make housing sustainable, such as insulation panels for walls and ceilings, heat pumps, solar panels, energy converters and ventilation systems. The components will be assembled in a way that is as circular and bio-based as possible.
Johanneberg Science Park and Building Future Institute are the two Swedish parties involved in the project.