The Transnational Feasibility Study (TFS) explores the technological, financial, environmental, and institutional aspects of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RES) based solutions in heating of public, in particular historic, buildings. Findings regarding possible interventions on increasing RES and EE while reducing energy waste are compiled in this main output and linked to the other results of the project. These include the pilot studies realised in Bologna and Quedlinburg, the conclusion of the best practices and the guidelines for the elaboration of local energy plans.
Today a number of technologies are implemented to support EE measures and the use of RES in historic buildings without affecting the characteristics of the buildings. Historic buildings generally waste large amounts of energy in terms of heating because of old insulation materials and structures allowing outside dispersion. In Europe, the existing building stock is huge and renovations often consist of only structural, functional or esthetical improvements with no regard to energy performance levels and measuring. This is mainly due to expected additional renovation costs, binding conservation issues and legal constraints, the complexity of technical solutions and lack of knowledge incumbent to feasibility and operation on heritage sites. Targeted solutions and best practices show that the integration of EE and RES can also contribute to the protection of artistic and cultural aspects of historic buildings, as presented in the report. The report presents two best practices that are case studies developed in the ambit of the GovernEE project: insulation works of the Palazzo D’Accursio in Bologna and the integration of photovoltaic panels on Quedlinburg’s protected buildings’ roofs.
Applicability beyond the GovernEE partnership: the project’s transnational value
The most important aspect of the TFS is the transferability of its findings not only within the partnership but also beyond, on an EU-wide scale. The TFS holds methodological description of technologies, EE interventions and RES plant installation opportunities. These include not only energy saving and efficiency targets but also aim for good governance in the Public Administration. Differences amongst the partnership showcase discrepancies between applicable national legislations and allow for the presentation of different options for interventions affecting public historic buildings. This feasibility study integrated with the respective local energy action plan (LAP) of a city municipality is therefore the best instrument to make adequate choices for similar projects and public investments.
Best practices: evaluation of lessons learnt from pilot experience
The TFS reports on GovernEE partners’ pilot projects by giving a summary of the reported best practices. Best practices are examined from technical (monitoring processes, plans, interventions), legislative (cultural heritage protection enforcement and procedures) and economic (payback time, profitability) point of view as well as from the perspective of knowledge sharing (trainings, energy management within PAs). The transnational added value of the study lies in the collection of lessons learnt regarding methods to monitor and explore necessities of historic buildings, or regarding the preparation of adequate intervention plans, reviewing bureaucratic processes, recommending case by case intervention methods, adapted training and funding, as well as adopting larger scale, EU-level legislative support.
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