Tampere Smart City solutions for deep retrofitting attract great interest among EU Smart Cities Action Cluster

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 […]

EU-GUGLE renovated building awarded with the 3rd place in the Finnish refurbished façades competition 2017

The Kaupinpirtti building refurbished in the framework of the EU-GUGLE Smart City Initiative in Tampere took part in the national refurbished façades’ competition 2017. Winners have been announced on 26 September and Kaupinpirtti has been selected for the third place. The prize was awarded to Kaupinpirtti for a well-managed and goal-oriented refurbishment project. The renovation […]

Milan’s Mayor and Councilor for public works visited the first EU-GUGLE retrofitted building

Last 20 June, Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala and the Councilor for public works Gabriele Rabaiotti visited the EU-GUGLE building in Via Feltrinelli 16 (a social housing building block comprising 154 apartments, property of the City of Milan). The whole energy concept of the refurbishment of the building was developed within the EU-GUGLE project by the “Office for energy saving” of the Municipality […]

SESTAO: New outfit for Txabarri Street

Interview with Luis Carlos Delgado, Managing Director of SestaoBerri and leader of Sestao’s EU-GUGLE pilot district. In Sestao, five buildings have been selected to participate in the EU-GUGLE Smart City Initiative for energy-efficient building refurbishment. In April, renovation was completed in the first of these buildings. Luis Carlos Delgado, Managing Director of SestaoBerri explains the […]

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 […]

Challenges and solutions for social housing refurbishment in Aachen

Since 2010, the northern district of Aachen is engaged in a vast urban renewal programme aiming to improve the citizens’ quality of life and make the district a vibrant and sustainable place to live. Within this programme, called “Social City Aachen North”, and as part of the EU-GUGLE international Smart City Initiative, about 400 apartments […]

EU-GUGLE preliminary project results showcased at SSPCR 2017

  Between 22 and 24 March 2017, EU-GUGLE partners presented the first results of the project and the measures implemented in the six pilot cities at the occasion of the second international conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions (SSPCR 2017). The conference was hosted by EURAC in Bolzano and brought together […]

EU-GUGLE pilots showcased in Tampere TARMO+ good living tour

The work of several limited liability housing companies that have taken part in the EU-GUGLE renovation project in Tampere will be presented at the TARMO+ good living exhibition tour. The exhibition will be displayed in public libraries and other exhibition areas in Tampere and surrounding municipalities in 2017. The objective of the exhibition is to […]

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 […]

Testing integrated financing models for social housing in Vienna

Building refurbishment represents a major challenge in the transition towards low-carbon European cities. However, renovation works are not cheap, whether for private residential, social housing or public buildings, and innovative business models are needed to share this cost among the different stakeholders. Currently, grants and soft loans are the most frequently used instruments for residential […]

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 […]

Milan: deep renovation for significant energy savings

In the social housing building located at Via Fertinelli 16 in Milan, the inhabitants are enjoying a warm and comfortable winter thanks to the refurbishment work carried out within the EU-GUGLE project. In this five storey building owned by the Municipality of Milan, the tenants were living in a low quality environment because of the […]

SAVE THE DATE – “Smart eco-buildings and social housing – A reality check!”– 27 April 2017 – Vienna

On 27 April 2017, experts from three Smart City projects will hold a joint workshop in Vienna to share results and experiences on smart and sustainable refurbishment solutions for apartment buildings, with a particular focus on social housing. The event will be the opportunity for decision-makers, researchers, professional stakeholders and experts from other Smart City […]

Vienna: fruitful site-visit with City-Zen partners

On 4 October, partners from the City-Zen project and the European association Energy Cities visited the EU-GUGLE representatives in the city of Vienna to share knowledge and experiences on energy-efficient building refurbishment. In the framework of the City-Zen project, member project of the ‘My Smart City District Community’, innovative solutions towards energy efficient refurbishment, district […]

Successful refurbishment of a residential building in Bratislava

In Bratislava, EU-GUGLE project partners have successfully achieved the renovation of a residential building located on Pavla Horova 17-19. The refurbished building was built in 1988 and is home to 42 households. Because of poor insulation, the energy consumption of the building was very high and the inhabitants had to bear substantial energy costs. To […]

Milan demonstrates the benefits of energy-efficient refurbishment at Renovate Italy Day

On 14 November 2016, the city of Milan hosted the annual Renovate Italy Day. The objective of the event was to raise awareness among policy makers and citizens about the benefits of energy-efficient building refurbishment. The conference gathered over 110 participants including European, national and local policy-makers, representatives from environmental organisations as well as academic […]

Energy-efficient retrofitting for social housing: study visit in Aachen

On Monday 12 December, the city of Aachen will welcome partners from other European cities for a study visit to the buildings refurbished within the EU-GUGLE project. The visit will focus on issues related to social housing refurbishment and will give participants the opportunity to discover the innovative energy efficiency measures implemented in Aachen. In […]

Renovations almost complete in Tampere

In Tampere, the EU-GUGLE project is moving forward rapidly. Since the end of 2015, the renovation work has already been completed in six buildings amongst the eight to be refurbished in the framework of the project. After the implementation of several measures to improve the energy efficiency of the dwellings and increase the share of […]

Renovate Europe Day outlines vision for a Nearly Zero Energy Building stock in EU

The Renovate Europe Campaign has used its annual conference, in Brussels on the 13th of October,  to highlight the many benefits of implementing an ambitious building renovation programme in Europe, showcasing some of the latest tools and initiatives which could help drive the renovation market. The campaign argues that building renovation is a win-win for […]

Tampere: fifth pilot housing company complete

The fifth pilot housing company’s renovations in Tampere, Finland, are now complete, as Oy Itsenäisyydenkatu 15 finished its renovations just in time for Christmas on November 30th, 2015. The measures implemented in the building have been the following: Additional insulation of facades and renewal of windows, to which the housing company received national financing Renewal […]

Tampere: the fourth pilot housing company is now complete

The fourth pilot housing company’s renovation is complete, as Oy Tammelanpuistokatu 31-33 finished its renovations on August 31st, 2015. The measures implemented in the building have been the following: Air-to water heat-pump system Exhaust-air heat recovery system Cooling of the business premise with a heat pump system Renewal of the garage door Remote controlling system […]

“Pre-fabricated facades – niche forever or mass market soon?” expert workshop

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) together with the two EU funded projects EU-GUGLE and MEEFS will hold an expert workshop on: “Pre-fabricated facades – niche forever or mass market soon?” on 2 November 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The one-day meeting will bring together professional stakeholders from the construction and energy sectors to […]

The EU-GUGLE website finalist in the .eu WEB AWARDS 2015

On the 1st of October, the competing finalists in five categories to the .eu WEB AWARDS 2015, were announced by EURid, including the happy news that EU-GUGLE website www.eu-gugle.eu is one of three nominated finalist in the category The BETTER WORLD (Environmental/green projects). The competion and awards are managed by EURid, the registry that manages the […]

EU-GUGLE pilots spreading the good word in Tampere

A series of TARMO+ Good housing events showcased the good experience and results achieved in the EU-GUGLE pilot housing companies all over Tampere in September. The topics of quality building maintenance and energy efficient renovation was presented in an inspiring way as residents, experts from the city, federations and universities as well as companies gathered […]

Remarkable savings for first completed pilot in Tampere

After one year of monitoring, the first completed pilot in Tampere has reached remarkable savings. The Limited liability housing company Tampereen Pohjolankatu 18-20 finished their renovation in July 2014. One year after the renovation they have already saved 17 000 euros in the heating costs. Compared to the year built, the bought heating energy has […]

Gothenburg: Smart Cities projects exhange experiences

In mid-June the Smart Cities Network in Gothenburg met for the fourth time since 2013. This time the focus of the meeting was how large scale European projects can strengthen the citys own strategies and goals on a local level and how working in projects can add long term value to the city. The idea […]

EU-GUGLE in the Environmental market in Tampere

Despite stormy weather, environmental market – happening 1st of June in Tampere – served it’s 600 visitors a proper share of information and discussion about energy efficient renovation. In the same booth the visitors found RANE guidance of energy efficient living and building, TARMO+ low carbon residential areas project and EU-GUGLE–project. Visitors were interested in […]

Something that our neighbours can envy

The first 230 residents in Tampere’s Tammela district enjoy the results of energy-efficient renovation of three pilot buildings Tampere is working at full steam for the energy-efficient renovation of eight residential buildings, which are home to 560 inhabitants. The city is aiming to finalise the renovation of a total 30,000 m2 building stock in Tampere’s […]

Smart city replication cluster kicks off in Bolzano

Bolzano (Italy), 27 May 2015 – The Smart Cities Replication Cluster of the SINFONIA and EU-GUGLE projects had a successful kick-off in Bolzano, with cities keen to exchange experiences on energy-efficient refurbishment projects. For the first time, representatives from the cities of Dobrich (Bulgaria), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Dundee (UK), Lahti (Finland), La Spezia (Italy), Nicosia (Cyprus), […]

EU-GUGLE Info Day at Milan EXPO 2015

EU-GUGLE partners from Milan (City of Milan, Polimi) will hold an Info Day on the sustainable retrofitting of school buildings on the 12th May 2015. The event is organised by Politecnico di Milano in partnership with the EU-GUGLE and RENEW SCHOOL projects, Rockwool and Askeen, and will be held in English. For information and registration, […]

Tampere: Busy spring 2015 for EU-GUGLE, meetings and market atmosphere

EU-GUGLE is keeping it busy in Tampere this spring. Already finished renovations are showcases for the project itself and other interest groups. At the same time the pilot housing companies still in the middle of their projects are proceeding with the renovations actively. Events are held and you can also read about the experiences and […]

Workshop Energy Efficient Building Materials, 10th March 2015, Turin

  The ECO-SEE and HIPIN projects will host a joint workshop on Energy Efficient Building Materials on the 10th of March 2015, from 9:30 to 15:00 in Turin, Italy. This joint workshop collectively presents two major EU Public Private Partnership funded projects, HIPIN and ECO-SEE, which are developing solutions to support delivery of future energy […]

Tampere: Third pilot housing company complete

Third pilot housing company’s renovations are complete. As Oy Torinnaapuri finished its extensive renovations just in time for Christmas on December 19th, 2014. The measures implemented in Torinnaapuri building have been the following: Additional insulation of facades Renewal of windows and doors Renewal of balcony glazings Installing of heat recovery system and exhaust air heat […]

Tampere: Second pilot housing company complete

Second pilot housing company’s renovations are complete. As Oy Tammelankulma finished its extensive renovations in fall 2014 and had the final financial statement on November 17th, 2014. The measures implemented in Tammelankulma building have been the following: Air-conditioning system maintenance and balancing Installation of exhaust air heat pump and new ventilating machines Installation of heat […]

Tampere: Information night for Tammela pilots 18.11.2014

The City of Tampere organized an information night for the EU-GUGLE–project Tammela district pilots on November 18th 2014. The objective of the event was to give the housing companies information for decision making process in annual general meetings. The EU-GUGLE pilot projects are due by the end of year 2016, which is why the pilot […]

EU-GUGLE at Smart City Expo in Barcelona

The EU-GUGLE associated city Gothenburg will participate at  the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, 18-20th of November. The Smart City Expo is a meeting point for experts and leaders from cities, companies, research centres, universities and international organisations. The program for the Expo of 2014 is Urban development examined along six main tracks: smart society, […]

Gothenburg: How can social sustainability be achieved in practice?

Social inclusion, place identity and participation – these are three themes on which a plan for social sustainability can be developed. In Gothenburg – one of the EU-GUGLE projects associated cities, human geographer Maria Strandberg along with development leader in Urban Development Wenche Lerme, have had a closer look at what is required in the […]

Webinar on Key Lessons from Global Best Practices

The Global Building Policies Network, GBPN, is hosting a series of four webinars on “how to” implement a successful policy package that targets energy renovations for residential buildings based on the findings from the recently launched Policy Tool for Renovation. This tool allows a comparison and analysis of twelve best practice renovation policy packages for […]

First progress meeting in Milano

The EU-GUGLE consortium held its first progress meeting last month in Milano. EU-GUGLE aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models by renovating groups of buildings in 6 pilot cities: Vienna (AT), Aachen (DE), Milan (IT), Sestao (ES), Tampere (FI) and Bratislava (SK). Together, they have committed to renovating a total of […]

Bratislava and Vienna in Wettbewerbe-Architekturjournal

The demo-district Petrzalka in Bratislava and the possible renovation strategies there are featured in an article in the Austrian architecture-magazine “Wettbewerbe-Architekturjournal” (03/2014).  The article also concerns the EU-GUGLE-project, especially the situation between Vienna and Bratislava. Download the article (pfd, in German) “Mitten in Europa” Umwelt312_end The article is also available online.  

Tampere pilot takes next step with design brief phase

EU-GUGLE-pilot city Tampere has taken the next step to refine and conform the project housing companies’ energy renovations planning and design. The city has chosen to work with the company A-insinöörit Suunnittelu Ltd in the design brief phase, a phase which will define the energy renovation needs and implementation options in the city. A design […]

Fifteen Cities, One Agenda: Smart Cities projects come together to promote energy efficient district renovation

Press Release March 2014: Three projects involving 15 municipalities have decided to join forces for greater leverage in sharing and promoting energy efficient renovation solutions for cities and communities EU-wide. The projects EU-GUGLE, R2CITIES and ZenN, have now set out a roadmap for clustering a number of their activities to come. These include joint dissemination […]