European cities met to discuss sustainable renovation models

On 21 and 22 April 2016, experts from various European countries gathered in Aachen to share their experiences on smart district refurbishment solutions. Over 100 participants including representative from municipalities, architects, researchers as well as energy players came together for this two-day event to exchange best practices on sustainable refurbishment.

The EU-GUGLE project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in eight pilot cities, in view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020. This event was organised to take stock of progress achieved by the eight pilot cities during the first stage of the project. On 21 April, the participants of the event were invited by the municipality of Aachen to take part in a site visit of two social housing buildings renovated by the city with smart energy solutions as part of the EU-GUGLE project. After a short opening speech, EU-GUGLE project partners and participants registered for the following conference visited the renovated buildings in the neighbourhood of Joseph-von-Görres-Straße, Wiesental and Sigmundstraße. On Friday 22 April, a “Conference on Sustainable Renovation Models: affordable comfort for smarter cities“ took place at the Eurogress centre in Aachen. After introductory presentations on the progress of the EU-GUGLE pilot districts, the participants split into parallel sessions to discuss the challenges of stakeholder engagement and the integration of innovative refurbishment technologies. In the afternoon, EU-GUGLE project partners presented their solutions regarding the involvement of tenants and the reduction of the costs of renovation projects. The event ended with a concluding speech by Werner Wingenfeld, Head of the City of Aachen‘s planning department, after a fruitful afternoon of discussions.

Here you can take part of presentations from the conference.