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Towards an energy-efficient heating of non-residential buildings

Release Date | 2014-05-30

RADCARPET is an energy efficient system for space heating of non-residential buildings that can be easily installed in existing buildings. The project has started the 1st October 2013 and will last for a period of 2 years. First results expected soon.

Towards an energy-efficient heating of non-residential buildings

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Organization CasaClima Agency
Office tel no.+390471062144
Fax+390471062141
City Bolzano (Italy)
Energy efficiency means using less energy while maintaining an equivalent service. The European Union set a target for 2020 of saving 20% of our primary energy consumption. Nearly 40% of this energy is consumed by buildings. Large efforts are being invested in future low energy buildings, but existing buildings represent 99% of the stock. In this context and following EU Directive 2010/31 “Member States shall encourage, in relation to buildings undergoing major renovation, the consideration and taking into account of high-efficiency alternative systems, in so far as this is technically, functionally and economically feasible“. But till now few innovative technical systems in the market are directed and optimized for the efficient use of energy in existing buildings. RADCARPET is one of them.

We have conceived RADCARPET as an energy efficient system for space heating of non-residential buildings that can be easily installed in existing buildings. It will have a low investment cost and will produce substantial energy savings in energy-intensive buildings thus achieving a payback period of up to 2 years. RADCARPET will be a radiant heating wall-to-wall carpet covering the floor or wall surface of mostly offices, hotels, educational buildings and similar. It will be naturally energy-efficient, saving up to 5% of thermal energy (in comparison to radiators and HVAC – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioned powered by electrical heat pumps). RADCARPET will therefore be a non-intrusive, simple and inexpensive solution for building renovation to reduce energy consumption, thus overcoming the obstacles for existing building refurbishment (expensive, lengthy works, inconvenient).

The project has started the 1st October 2013 and will last for a period of 2 years. Currently the consortium team, which represents organizations and enterprises from 4 European Member States and Switzerland, is working on a prototype, which will be ready for use at the end of the summer. The first results reported from laboratories are encouraging, the project is on target. “It is exciting to follow the progress of this ambitious European project, which would hardly have been successful without the precious aid of the European Institutions”, states coordinator Pascal Peninon from Lyon based R.STAT, drawing a first balance of this two-years-project.

Contact

Organization CasaClima Agency
Last name Staffler
First name Uwe
Role public relations manager
Office tel no. +39 0471 062144
URL http://www.agenziacasaclima.it


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