Source: Regional Government of Navarra Press Office
The main result of this project is a prototype for a block of flats that could reduce the cost of the energy bill by half
The Regional Minister of Rural Development, Industry, Employment, and the Environment, Lourdes Goicoechea, took part this morning in the opening ceremony of the conference on “La I+D en la edificación sostenible. Conclimat y otras experiencias”, which is being held on 22nd and 23rd March at the Sala Civican in Pamplona. It features the participation of experts on architecture and bioclimatic and environmental engineering, and of Administration technicians, research centres, universities, and companies, in all over 150 professionals.
The conference has been organised within the framework of the Conclimat project, which is part of the Programa Euroinnova Navarra. Its main result is the designing of a prototype for a highly efficient block of flats that would imply a drop in the demand for energy of over 50% compared with that of a block of flats built according to current regulations. Furthermore, all this would be achieved with the optimised investment of resources.
The Conclimat project counts on the collaboration of the Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables (CENER), the Savia Arquitectura research group of the Universidad de Navarra, the Centro de Recursos Ambientales de Navarra (CRANA) of the Regional Government of Navarra, the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA), and the companies Abaigar, Acciona Instalaciones, ACR, AH Asociados, Miyabi, and Rockwool.
The Regional Minister of Rural Development, Industry, Employment, and the Environment emphasised at the inaugural session of the conference that “the Plan Moderna highlights sustainable architecture as a specific development opportunity”, which makes it necessary for the construction sector to “reinvent itself and make the most of this opportunity”. The Minister Goicoeceha went on say that in this context “R+D+I is an essential tool if we are to achieve state-of-the-art environmentally friendly buildings that do not consume and that even produce, i.e. buildings that generate energy”.
The conference constitutes a forum for debate on the current situation and the future of R+D so as to make progress in the construction of buildings with an energy consumption that is virtually nil. The programme has three content blocks: the first is entirely devoted to the Conclimat project and its results; the second provides actual examples of constructed research and the experience acquired; and the third will examine R+D+I prospects in the local and European construction sector, stressing the importance of training, working together, and the transfer of knowledge as essential tools.
It is expected that the conference will be closed by the Mayor of Pamplona, Enrique Maya.
Prototype for a low demand for energy
The Conclimat project anticipates the Directiva Europea 2010/31/CE, according to which all buildings will have to generate almost as much energy as they consume by 2020. In order to achieve this objective, each member country must establish intermediate objectives to be complied with by 2015.
The directive also indicates that the requirements should be determined in each area in such a way that an optimum balance is reached between the investments made and the energy costs saved throughout the useful life of the building. With this future perspective regarding regulations, the initial objectives of the Conclimat project are reinforced, given that it represents the first step towards highly energy-efficient building models that will be obligatory in the near future.
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