The University of Strathclyde is taking a key role in an ambitious initiative to make millions of European homes energy neutral. Supported by Interreg North Sea region (NSR), the scheme encompasses the parts of the UK, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden that border the North Sea – currently home to some 60 million people. Focusing on properties built between 1950 and 1985 that must become more sustainable to meet EU energy and climate targets, the project aims to stimulate the European building sector. The three-year initiative aims to industrialise housing by creating a blueprint for an autonomous factory that adopts new technologies and can churn out thousands of refurbishment kits. The University of Strathclyde’s Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Lab (SMeSTech) and Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) have joined the consortium with partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Norway.
Scotsman 30th Aug 2019 read more »
They were built in another age, an age of cheap coal or oil. Millions of poorly insulated and ventilated homes across northern Europe are now too hot for summers and too cold for winters. As global heating hits, there have already been warnings, from UK Government advisers, that some of Scotland’s houses may kill, because those of us who live in them will be overheated. But homes that are energy inefficient and ill-suited to the new reality of increasingly changeable weather are common throughout the continent. So scientists and engineers are increasingly trying to work out how to retrofit them. The University of Strathclyde is part of an ambitious initiative that will design state-of-the-art factories to support the renovation of 22 million homes across Europe that must become energy-neutral before 2050. Supported by Interreg North Sea region (NSR), the initiative encompasses the areas of Norway, Denmark, the UK, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden that border the North Sea, currently home to around 60 million people.
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