Overview of the Project

A2PBEER is a four year research project partially financed by the Europeon Union 7th Framework Programme and seeks to develop a cost effective, “energy efficient retrofitting” methodology for public buildings, drawing on the expertise of over 21 partners from 11 European countries. The company Tecnalia are the lead partner for this project.

partners by map

In Europe, buildings consume about 40% of total final energy and are responsible for 36% of co2 emissions since 1990, and those buildings built before 1980 represent 95% of this energy consumption. The low renovation rate of building stock since 1990 (1% per year) means that boosting energy efficient buildings’ retrofitting is the only way to reach EU’s “20-20-20” targets. A higher impact will be achieved through interventions in non-residential buildings, as their energy consumption is 40% higher than in residential buildings.  Public buildings represent more than 30% of the non-residential buildings in the EU.

Project Video

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A2PBEER partner, ABUD Ltd will develop an initial systemic energy efficient buildings’ retrofitting methodology for the three demonstration sites with the intention to provide a retrofitting methodology to be replicated into Public Buildings in Europe. This will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at the district levels.

Three public buildings located in Bilbao Spain, Ankara Turkey and Malmo Sweden have been chosen to serve as demonstration districts. The chosen sites represent the three main climatic regions of Europe – Oceanic, Mediterranean and Continental. A range of innovative technologies will be developed and deployed at these sites with a view to achieving a highly efficient integrated retrofitting methodology that can be replicated throughout the European Union

bilbao aerial view malmo aerial view ankara aerial view



A2PBEER methodology will include existing available building solutions and also advanced innovative ones developed by the project. These include:

logo bit a  a “high performance envelope retrofitting”, based on an external and internal super-insulated façade (VIP–Vacuum Insulated Panels)  retrofit.

logo bit r   Smart windows.

logo bit p  “smart lighting systems” combining LED and natural light, and

logo bit b    the “Smart Dual Thermal Substation”, a new approach to district heating based in smart grid functionality and integrating heating and cooling.

logo bit e    A “kit-concept” will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions.

Retrofitting Strategies

The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated by one of the partners Acciona-infraestructuras through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (Continental, Oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-users.

Moreover, the replicability of A2PBEER results will be further validated through the deployment at three virtual pilot sites covering additional climatic areas and end-users by Omsorgsbygg (Oslo kommune) .

These include a a diverse range of public builidngs such as an library building, office buildings and a hospital.

The results of the project will be translated into high quality training courses for industry professionals around Europe.


Training and Exploitation

This comprehensive “Train the Trainer” programme will be prepared by the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and disseminated by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE).

It is planned to train 14 trainers in total, from the partner countries with a two day workshop delivered in Bilbao. The Train the Trainer Programme will be delivered in September 2016.

The objective of the workshop is to:

  1. Provide an overview of all relevant materials, technologies and Best Practice retrofitting methods developed to date (without covering all content in detail)
  2. Giving instructions on the use of Moodle for teaching, assessment and student interaction
  3. Agreeing different assessment strategies and pedagogical approaches

LIT will provide instruction and clarification on how to use Moodle, the e-learning programme and instructions on how to use the “support guide” which will enable building onwers to determine the best practice approach to choosing and installing energy efficient innovative products.

As part of the training programme, LIT will provide a Training Manual and Learner’s Manual to the trainers (Both in English).

The ‘Train the Trainers’ session will also include an evaluation phase where relevant amendments, adjustments and additions to the training content will be compiled. LIT will then amend the training content/manual as required to be available for future projects.

As part of the exploitation schedule, an innovative market approach will enable the results to be transferred to all key players of the value chain, with special focus on SMEs, and the transferability to social housing will be also addressed. All information and data will be updated regularly on this website with newletters provided every six months. So send us your ideas and attendance at any innovative and energy based events around the world.


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