TIMEPAC representatives took part to the Med-EcoSuRe conference aimed at accelerating energy retrofitting of of university buildings across the Mediterranean.
A broad spectrum of Policymakers, representatives from higher education and business, and other stakeholders gathered on the 26th of May 2022 in the frame of Med-EcoSuRe, an Euromediterranean ENI CBC Med project seeking to accelerate the energy retrofitting of the university buildings across the Mediterranean.
Speaking in the frame of a session dedicated to the “Involvement of the private sector in regional renovation strategy”, Ainhoa Mata Pérez, Head of Buildings Unit at the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN) and partner in the TIMEPAC project, took the opportunity to speak about the role of private entities in drafting and implementation, and public procurement of innovation. Here she touched upon Energy Performance Certification, the Catalan experience with EPC data, how these new tools are accounted for in the framework of the Energy Performance Building Directive of the EU and broader climate goals and how TIMEPAC will shape the new generation of EPCs.
Watch Ainhoa’s intervention in the video below at the 1hour mark :
Low energy educational buildings are becoming the standard for new buildings in European and Mediterranean countries. Technical solutions are continuously developed by universities for eco-sustainable building renovation, but there is still a gap between designed models and their actual application. This is due to several barriers, such as the insufficient collaboration between key actors and the lack of efficient suitable tools from the public sector to develop solutions. The Med-EcoSuRe project offers an innovative approach to the definition and diffusion of cost-effective energy renovation within university buildings, with the perspective of extending results to the whole public buildings sector in the long term. A Mediterranean cross-border living lab – bringing together researchers, building managers, companies, public organisations and students – will be established to develop energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions as well as retrofitting schemes to be implemented in 9 university buildings. The final aim behind the project is to turn university managers into active players contributing to the co-creation and experimentation of emerging ideas, breakthrough scenarios and innovative concepts.