Tenant engagement: two solutions to avoid rebound effects in energy efficient refurbishment projects

How to ensure the effectiveness of energy efficient renovation projects in the long run? In the framework of the EU-GUGLE Smart City Initiative, the six pilot cities have bet on tenant engagement to maximise energy savings in their freshly renovated buildings. Currently, one of the main risks limiting the impact of energy efficiency renovation measures […]

Heat pumps: a versatile solution for low-carbon cities

Europe badly needs to make its buildings more energy efficient: but what if an easy solution would already exist? For over a century, heat pumps hidden in basements, on roofs and in machine rooms, have been saving million tonnes of greenhouse gases emissions each year. Multiple uses of heat pumps Their operating principle is simple: […]

EU-GUGLE project presented at the Smart Cities Information Systems’ conference in Budapest

On 3 October, EU-GUGLE project coordinator CENER, Spain’s Renewable Energy Centre, presented the Smart City solutions that are currently being implemented in the six pilot cities of the project at the “Empowering Smart Solutions for Better Cities” conference, organised by the Smart Cities Information System in Budapest.   The conference aimed to present the most […]

Cooperating for renovation – how to improve energy efficiency in Tampere limited liability housing companies

Citizen engagement and transparent decision making processes are at the core of the Smart City concept. In Tampere, tenant involvement has been a key factor for the successful renovation of over 32,000 square metres of living space, achieved in the framework of the EU-GUGLE Smart City Initiative. As part of this initiative, eight pilot buildings […]

EU-GUGLE cities contributing to smart and sustainable urban planning

  In November 2015, leaders of the EU-GUGLE pilot cities presented plans to make their cities more sustainable and energy efficient during the 1st International Conference on “Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions” in Bolzano, Italy, organised by the EURAC Institute for Renewable Energy. One year later, these presentations, and the discussions that […]

EU-GUGLE renovations completed in Tampere

The new year started with good news in Tampere: the renovation work has now been completed in all eight pilot buildings of the EU-GUGLE project. In the final two buildings refurbished, the inhabitants are now ready to spend a warm and comfortable winter while enjoying substantial energy savings in their newly renovated homes. The progress […]