On 21 September 2017, two of the eight buildings refurbished in the framework of the EU-GUGLE project in Tampere have been presented to members of the European Action Cluster on Sustainable Districts and Built Environment at the occasion of a study visit focusing on deep retrofitting and eco-efficient districts. The visit attracted fifteen participants, including local representatives from Pamplona (Spain), Oulu (Finland) and from the Lombardia region in Italy, researchers, policy makers, as well as business stakeholders.
The participants to the study visit were eager to learn about the innovative measures implemented in the EU-GUGLE retrofitted buildings. Particular interest was shown for the district heating and cooling system, the newly installed monitoring systems for energy consumption, as well as for the tenant engagement process.
“The impressive work carried out in Tampere is a very positive experience to share with other European cities wishing to engage in deep refurbishment projects”, says Paul Cartuyvels, leader of the Action Cluster on Sustainable Districts and Built Environment, “For the European Union to meet its energy efficiency targets, knowledge exchange activities will be crucial to extend the replication potential of successful renovation projects”.
One of the major questions discussed at the occasion of the visit was how to involve tenants in refurbishment projects and how to convince them of the benefits in terms of energy efficiency and quality of life. In Tampere, tenant involvement has been a key factor in the success of the renovation projects carried out in the framework of the EU-GUGLE project. If their engagement at the beginning of the process was not always easy, tenants of the newly refurbished buildings are now fully satisfied of the results and are already spreading the good word among other limited liability housing companies.