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 […]

EU-GUGLE pilot building in Tampere awarded in the national local energy solution competition

A demonstration target Limited liability housing company Pohjolankatu 18-20 took part in Finnish national Local energy solution -competition in 2017 held by Lähienergialiitto organization. The housing company got an honorary award for its first of the kind two-way district heating system in residential buildings. There are 8 BEST pilot buildings involved in Tampere’s pilot district […]

Tenants in focus in Hammarkullen, Gothenburg

As the EU-GUGLE projects’ Technical Committee held a meeting in Gothenburg in the end of October, the committee visited the housing area Hammarkullen to learn more about the local work. Wenche Lerme, Development manager for Urban Planning in the Angered district, City of Gothenburg and Rafael Lavicki, from Bostadsbolaget, one of Sweden’s biggest public benefit […]

EU-GUGLE featured in La Repubblica

EU-GUGLE was featured in the Milanese edition of la Repubblica, one the main national daily newspapers in Italy with more than 300.000 copies sold each day. In the article published on 21 October 2017, the author goes back to the city’s strategy towards greater sustainability and describes how EU funding is helping Milan achieve its […]

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: […]

Aachen flushes heat out of the sewage canal

In Aachen, heat from sewage water is now being used to keep over 300 households warm during the winter. In the framework of the EU-GUGLE Smart Cities Initiative, an innovative district heating system based on sewage water heat recovery has been installed in the Northern district of the city. The system supplies the area and […]

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 […]