EU funds €6.4m to boost green building tech

A project worth €6.4 million (£4.48m) has been launched to improve green building technologies. It is also expected to help the EU meet its carbon targets by 2050 and tackle fuel […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A project worth €6.4 million (£4.48m) has been launched to improve green building technologies.

It is also expected to help the EU meet its carbon targets by 2050 and tackle fuel poverty.

It has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in the next 35 years.

The Built to Specifications (Built2Spec) programme will use new technologies to improve the design, installation and testing of building standards and retrofitting.

The four-year project will use the latest developments in mobile and cloud technology, including smartphones and hand-held scanners to ensure buildings are delivering carbon savings.

A total of 20 European and UK partners including BSRIA, VRM Technology, Lakehouse and the University of Nottingham are part of the project.

The built environment accounts for more than 40% of overall energy consumption in Europe and 36% of carbon emissions, according to Lakehouse.

Simon Green, Head of Sustainability at Lakehouse added: “This project has huge potential to revolutionise the way we deliver energy efficiency in Europe. At the moment, there’s a risk of a big performance gap between the energy rating of a building and how it actually performs.  One of the problems is that previously new technology has been difficult to apply in the field – we’re setting out to change that.

“This project aims to accelerate R&D successes into the market and into people’s homes in a way which will help meet national and European carbon targets far more effectively.”