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    The main objectives of EDEA-RENOV are points over a new need focused on old buildings that should be renovated and on which it is not viable to apply the same technology than new ones. So EDEA-RENOV to achieve their new goals will use three ways: Renovation, Innovation and Communication Technologies and Information (ICT).



Improvement of the quality of buildings, it is important way to achieving long-term solutions to the problems of high energy bills and for a better quality of life.


EDEA-RENOV Project will have two main pillars to implementation improvements in Energy Efficiency. The First pillar is a controlled environment testing: Experimental House and Pattern House EDEA  (www.proyectoedea.com), The Second pillar is a real life setting: Neightborhood “Santa Engracia” in Badajoz and  “San Lázaro” in Merida some social houses of Extremadura


Studies “Santa Engracia”. Luis Basabe and Enrique Arenas project´s, awarded for Europan 9 (European competition of urban projects followed by implementation)  (www.europan-esp.es/images_administracion/emplazamientos/ficha_es_11.pdf), cin which energy efficient strategies will be implementation (siu.vivienda.es/infoWeb/barrios/Informes/2001_06083_Merida.pdf).




   ICTs have two approaches; on the one hand, ICTs in renovation have to be a helpful tool for the analysis of buildings, design and implementation of renovation activities, but also the ICTs should be a practical tool to build energy management by the user as advances in ICTs can produce "intelligent products" capable of reporting, measuring and communicating in environments constructive. On the other hand,automation and robotics offer ma ny important possibilities for improving the renovation process.

    EDEA-RENOV will integrate the experience gained using specific applications for the compilation of information about global energy behaviour from the EDEA project, and will be complemented by a series of specific related applications aimed at taking maximum advantage of ICT for the testing, measuring and evaluation of materials for energy efficiency in renovation processes.



    Among the aspects with which we can deliver innovation in the renovation of homes, are all matters relating to the use of advanced technologies (describes in ICTs) but also the use of advanced techniques for monitoring the building and for the energy simulation.

    The environmental problem targeted in this project is in regards to the energy uses of buildings. And building energy behaviour. In the European Union, the building industry produces 40% of all waste and it consumes 40% of the materials and 40% of primary energy. In order to contribute to a better use of resources and to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, EDEA-RENOV will study new materials and construction solutions and it will optimise the energy consumption process associated to the building life cycle. To achieve this, EDEA-RENOV will develop a deeper and wider analysis on the use of Experimental House-Pattern House, already created by the pilot project EDEA with the aim of using renewable energies and intelligent home technologies (domotics) for the implantation and optimisation of the following components:

  • Passive energy systems,
  • Production and sustainable consumption models,
  • Sustainable use of natural resources and materials,
  • Contingency plans,
  • Recovery and recycling of waste,
  • Study of real life cases, like Neightborhoods as “Santa Engracia” in Badajoz and “San Lázaro in Mérida” and the different types of existing houses within.

    The project geographical scope is the Region of Extremadura, in the South West of Spain. Although the main testing will be related to the specific climate of region, EDEA-RENOV will make an effort to extract the knowledge that is relevant for any type of climate, and thus makes the results easily transferable to other regions and areas.

    The fact that renovation of existing dwellings and housing, especially those build decades ago, is an important reality in all urban and urban renewal policies of European countries and regions, creates a solid basis for the transfer of the results.

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by Dr. Radut.