Fundació Privada Ascamm hosted the kick-off meeting of the ZEMedS project

Friday, 5 April 2013

ZEMedS, Promoting renovation of schools in Mediterranean climate up to nearly zero-energy buildings, is a 3 years project co-funded by the European Commission within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE). The project addresses the promotion of the necessary actions to increase the renovation of school buildings in a Mediterranean climate to be nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB).

Led by Fundació Privada ASCAMM (Barcelona, Spain), the consortium is formed by 10 partners from four Mediterranean countries (Greece, Italy, France and Spain), and it balances the active participation of 1 university, 1 technology centre, 1 energy agency, 3 SMEs and 4 public authorities.

EU energy policy encourages member states to start converting building stock into nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) and public authorities to adopt exemplary actions. nZEB are achieved by combining high energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Low energy buildings are becoming the standard for new buildings in North-Centre European countries. Meanwhile, implementation of low energy buildings and nZEB in Mediterranean climates lacks from development and support. In addition, Mediterranean zones are characterized by high diversity climatic conditions (on the coast, with high population density, winters are mild and summers are relatively hot and humid, while inner areas are generally drier and less temperate), so they need a specific approach, different from that used for colder climates.

In that context, ZEMedS project aims at providing technical and financial assistance to school policy makers of Mediterranean climate regions and support them to succeed in implementing school renovation with nZEB goals. During the action, technical guidelines and packaged solutions will be developed and promoted among building designers, in order to increase their knowledge on nZEB renovation of schools in Mediterranean climates.

Amongst the major outputs, it should be highlighted the development of tendering specifications for the nZEB renovation of schools, that will be voluntarily implemented by public authorities, as well as the development of 10 case studies and 2 toolkits (technical and financial) for nZEB renovation of schools. Finally, the project includes also the development and hosting of more than 60 training events, targeted to school policy makers and building designers.