AZEB : Affordable Zero Energy Building

According to the European directive on the energy efficiency of buildings, all buildings must approach an energy balance in 2020. Many fear an increase in construction costs.

The objective of the AZEB project is to develop a methodology to reduce costs at all stages of the life cycle of a positive energy construction project (design, construction, operation, etc.). This involves identifying appropriate technologies, developing a techno-economic optimisation approach and testing it on case studies in various countries.
Project members are DNA (group of consultants, Netherlands), Tecnalia (technical centre, Spain), VISESA (social housing organisation, Spain), OHL (social housing organization, Spain), Politecnico di Milano (research centre, Italy), PassivHaus Institute (research centre, Germany), Oberon KonzeptBau (construction company, Bulgaria) and ARMINES (research centre, France).

The presentation of the project will show how the project partners define the concept of a zero-energy building, including aspects of comfort and environmental performance. The approach developed to reduce costs will then be described. And finally the results, in particular those concerning the case studies, will be discussed. The project also includes training and knowledge dissemination activities.

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