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School of the future - towards zero emission with high performance indoor environment

: Erhorn-Kluttig, Heike; Erhorn, Hans; Steiger, Simone

Hajek, P. (Ed.) ; TU Prague, Grada for Faculty of Civil Engineering:
CESB 2013, Central Europe towards sustainable building : Sustainable building and refurbishment for next generations; 26th - 28th June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague: Technical University of Prague, 2013
ISBN: 978-80-247-5015-6
Central Europe Towards Sustainable Building Conference (CESB) <2013, Prague>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IBP ()

The aim of the "School of the Future" project (, which receives funding within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme, is to design, demonstrate, evaluate and communicate shining examples of how to reach the future high-performance building level. School buildings and their primary users, namely pupils - the next generation - are in the focus of the project. Both, the energy and indoor environment performance of 4 demonstration buildings in 4 European countries and climates is being greatly improved due to holistic retro fits of the building envelope, the service systems, the integration of renewables and building management systems. The results and the accompanying research and dissemination efforts to support other actors dealing with building retrofits is leading to a multiplied impact on other schools and on the residential sector, since the pupils will act as communicators to their families. The user behaviour and the awareness of energy efficiency and indoor environment are being improved due to tailored training sessions.
Nearly zero emission or nearly zero energy buildings are a main goal in various country roadmaps for 2020. The demonstration buildings or this project may not completely reach this level, though, as the aim of the call is cost efficiency and multiplication potential. The retrofit concepts however, result in buildings with far lower energy consumption than in regular retrofits with high indoor environment quality - thus leading the way towards zero emission. They can be considered as schools of the future. Results from national examples of zero emission schools complete the information used for developing the deliverables such as guidelines, information tools, publications and a community at the EU BUILD UP portal.
The project is based on a close connection between demonstration, research and industry which is being represented by the "Design Advice and Evaluation Group''. This group of research and industry partners meets at every demonstration building site twice in order to give advice to the local planning group such as to infom them on suitable up-to-date technologies.