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4.11.2009 - Brussels/Belgium
REBECEE Final Meeting
The booklet and the posters of the final results of REBECEE partners are available here:

REBECEE Final Report

REBECEE Partners Posters:

Alingsås/Sweden

Kiel/Germany

Ljubljana/Slowenia

Tallinn/Estonia

European Federation for Living (EFL) / The Netherlands

and at the Download-section.

22.10.2009 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
REBECEE Seminar for Designers of LE and Passive Buildings
The REBECEE seminar on design and realisation features for low energy and passive buildings took part in conference hall of the Municapal Building at Linhartova 13. The seminar attended more than 80 designers from most relevant design companies.
First Ms Tonka Grgic presented project REBECEE and its impact in all participating cities.
The first technical presenter was from the local electro distribution company and she presented technical possibilities for metering and optimisation of the electric energy supply. Then two presenters presented very technical details of the massive and wood construction principles for low energy and passive buildings. At last there was larger presentation on energy supply systems for various cases in line with new technical standards to be adopted soon in Slovenia.
The last presentation dealt with adapted PHPP programme, developed by Isover to help designers in initial stage to evaluate the energy design features. The programme was given to all participants on free basis.
Along with presentations there were a small industrial exhibition of materials and equipment used for new building designs. The attendees were interested in technical details and co-operation with presented company representatives.

21.-25.9.2009 - The Hague/The Netherlands
REBECEE EFL Projects Exhibition
In the period from September 21 to 25 EFL and EFL member Staedion organized one week of activities within the framework of REBECEE - a model home, a congress, a workshop and several study tours:

Climate Construction pilothouse in The Hague realised: Contribution of Staedion, Van der Leij and EFL regarding sustainable Construction

Throughout the month of September, in The Hague a model of an innovative new housing is demonstrated. It is a highly energy-efficient building, constructed via the principles of Climate Construction. Climate Construction specializes in (prefab) building solutions specifically for the construction sector and made of expanded polystyrene (EPS). EPS, better known as Styrofoam, is thanks to the millions of air bubbles enclosed, a very good insulation. The facades of the pilot house are solid EPS. The pilot house is part of the series of activities that Staedion and EFL and organize around the REBECEE Sustainable Week in The Hague and is located opposite the headquarters of Staedion, Koningin Julianaplein 2 in The Hague.

Staedion - REBECEE Jubilee Congress in the context of sustainability and energy efficiency

Under the heading "Future = Now X Sustainability" on Wednesday, September 23 there was a full day conference in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. Housing corporation Staedion celebrated its tenth anniversary, and combined this with a great conference. The congress was dominated by REBECEE. Speakers at the conference included Jan Terlouw, Chairman of Energy Transition Platform for Built Environment (PEGO), Elco Brinkman, chairman of “Building Netherlands” and Marnix Norder, Deputy of The Hague. During the discussion section also Fons Catau, director of EFL member De Woonplaats gave his vision on the future of sustainable housing and Staedion Director Willem Krzeszewski concluded the congress and discussed what is learnt and which tasks Staedion has set for itself.

Pilot projects

“De Koningsvrouwen van Landlust” now in realisation. 100-year Anniversary Eigen Haard startshot for renovation

After two years of preparation time, on September 8, 2009 Eigen Haard started the realisation of the famous project “ The Kingwomen of Landlust". This date is not arbitrary. It coincided with the 100th anniversary of this great Amsterdam housingcorporation Eigen Haard.
The project Landlust consists of two monumental buildings from 1937. Architect Merkelbach designed this complex, based on then revolutionary techniques such as a steel skeleton and steel windowframes. Then known as “Modern Building”. The building has a monumental status, what is a special challenge for Eigen Haard. While maintaining the facade (the outside) as it is, the building will be insultated the next years on the inside. Modern, energy efficient dwellings will be realised. Sustainable generated energy for heating provides a significant proportion of the required heat (heat pumps, possibly a woodpelletsysthem). The houses are also equipped with heat-recoveryunits, which ruese the heat in the building. The renovation plan developed within the EFL context is an example of how the future for Eigen Haard will be. Sustainable redevelopment of the housing stock has a high priority. Unique is also the plan development itself: many experts, including experts from Germany (Passive House experts of the Energy Technology Centre (ETZ) in Nuremberg contributed. The success is especially great by the input of the residents in the design process. This was of decisive importance.

Project Balkengat adapted to market conditions:
EFL Expertise delivers new features to market new innovative energy project

The plan for building 14 innovative Climate Construction homes in one location in central Delfland has a new impetus. By the deteriorating situation on the Dutch housing market, the original plan was not feasible. The clients, the EFL members Staedion and Van der Leij Construction have requested an alternative plan. EFL Expertise parcelled a new plan in order to make it market feasible. In the new plan, the main characteristics keep upright: 10 semi-detached houses and a 4-row houses for starters will be developed. The Climate Construction principle, with facades and interior walls are made of high quality EPS, provides an energy efficient and comfortable interior, while the strength is not inferior to traditional building methods. The standard energy request approaches that of the German Passive House Concept.

Com Wonen-project Dotterlei “Het Truweel” to be continued

European exchange of knowledge between experts in sustainable building has a new success. In Capelle a / d IJssel, the Rotterdam housing Housingcorporation Com Wonen decided to renovate one of his flats on the basis of the German technology of “Factor 10”. After two successful organized trips by EFL Expertise to Hamburg and Nuremberg, there is chosen for a renovation plan based on the target for energy consumption for space heating up to 90% reduction. Factor 10 is the starting point. Examples of the EFL members Joseph Stiftung and WBG Nuremberg have served as inspiration for the project "The Truweel. The draft provides the elimination of all cold bridges through the removal of existing (concrete) galleries and the thermal decoupling of new galleries and balconies. This allows the entire building for a transition into a properly insulated flat. The houses are equipped with an energy efficient ventilation system with heat recovery. In Germany, convincing examples of effective ventilation systems for usability and comfort were investigated.

16.6.2009 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
REBECEE Seminar for LE and Passive Buildings
The REBECEE seminar on design and realisation features for low energy and passive buildings took part in conference hall of the Municapal Building at Linhartova 13. The seminar attended 45 people mostly from design companies and from building development companies.
First Ms Tonka Grgic presented project REBECEE and its impact in all participating cities.
The first technical presenter was from the local electro distribution company and she presented technical possibilities for metering and optimisation of the electric energy supply. Then two presenters presented very technical details of the massive and wood construction principles for low energy and passive buildings. At last there was larger presentation on energy supply systems for various cases in line with new technical standards to be adopted soon in Slovenia.
Along with presentations there were a small industrial exhibition of materials and equipment used for new building designs. The attendees were interested in technical details and co-operation with presented company representatives.

9.-26.6.2009 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Architectual Exhibition of Low Energy and Passive Buildings
Ljubljana REBECEE Architectural Exhibition on low energy and passive building designs took part at the Glass Pavilion of the City Hall. The opening ceremony took part on 9 June at noon. The opening speech was given by Tonka Grgic, National Coordinator of the REBECEE project on behalf ob Jožka Hegler, Managing Director of the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She presented several realised and many on going investment projects financed by the Housing Fund and the importance of REBECEE movement in decision making towards low energy public housing and more intensive use of renewable energy sources in this sector.

Then Mr. Peter Friemert, REBECEE coordinator, presented Europe wide results of the REBECEE activities and invited the audience to visit several building developments being carried out under the REBECEE umbrella.

The final opening speech was given by Ljubljana Vice Meyer Mr. Jani Moderndorfer that pointed out the leading position of Ljubljana in Slovenian space speaking about energy efficiency and use of renewables in apartment buildings especially in public sector. He also asked for more financial incentives for public sector within the Slovenian Eco Fund budget and policy. These words were addressed to Mr Franc Beravs, the Managing Director of the Eco Fund that was also present at the opening.

The graphical architectural exhibition presented 16 projects:
• Two realised refurbishment projects managed by the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana
• Four larger public housing developments in realisation phase by the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana
• Two kindergardens, one new and one refurbishment, both in passive design
• Four student works on apartment passive buildings that has been awarded in international contest among European schools for architecture
• A passive one family house that has been awarded as the best passive house in 2008 National Contest for the best renewable housing project in Slovenia
• Two projects by the Šiška High School in Ljubljana. The school has its own 26 kWp PV power plant being some years in operation and has also installed various PV configurations for training purposes. The school presented two posters at the exhibition. On one poster they reported on their activities on PV field and on the second poster they reported on solar cookers activity: they realised various solar cookers and monitor their performance.
The exhibition panels from 2008 and 2009 architectural exhibition are on-line available through the virtual exhibition at www.rebecee.si

The exhibition has been opened 17 days for public with 50–60 daily visitors in summary 935 visitors, among them many foreigners. Their feedback in the exhibition book was very positive.
Along with the architectural graphical exhibition, six very informative realised projects were open for public visits. In the timeframe of the exhibition 10 guided tours to these developments were organised with presence of designers and professionals that were engaged in the realisation. 46 visitors joined these guided tours, most of them being in the investment preparation phase for their new house.

2.6.2009 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Ljubljana REBECEE building exhibition is coming 9 - 26 June 2009
The year is over and after initial REBECEE 2008 exhibition we are now expecting the opening of the 2009 architectural exhibition that will take place in the Glass Atrium of the City Hall in Ljubljana from 9 to 26 June 2009. Although one year is quite short in building development field, we are pleased to report considerable changes that happened on low energy and RES field in Slovenia. Is it because of energy and financial crisis or is it because of the REBECEE activities over the last two years? The answer is not simple, but there is no doubt that REBECEE encouraged several investors to take practical steps versus low energy, passive and CO2 free building designs. We are please to welcome two recently realised projects by the public investors: the kinder garden in Gornja Radgona and the kinder garden in Radovljica. The first one is a most successful "factor 8" refurbishment to passive standard and the other one is new development in passive standard.
Of cause the 2009 exhibition will present many development projects from the REBECEE partner from Ljubljana, the Public Building Fund of the Municipality Ljubljana. Two successful refurbishments in Steletova and Kvedrova, 23 living units in passive building with 12 kWp PV power plant at Pipanova street and the biggest development, the 183 flat low energy complex Polje 1 where one of the six blocks will be equipped with thermal solar collectors and PV station. The Building Fund developed two new projects in last year. The first is the passive house for enabled citizens in Vincarjeva road. The second project consists of three rows of 27 low energy flats, equipped with higrosensible ventilation systems and 80 m² thermal solar collectors array on a flat roof.
The exhibition will present also the results of a pre-exhibition event that recently took place in the Šiška High School in Ljubljana. This school runs education programme for electric installers and is the first and so far the only school in Slovenia that offers the programme for installers of PV power plants, solar thermal systems and for heat pump specialists. This kind of investments are now boosting in Slovenia. The school has its own 26 kWp PV power plant being some years in operation and has also installed various PV configurations for training purposes. The school agreed to take part in REBECEE events and will present two posters at the exhibition. On one poster they will report on their activities on PV field and on the second poster they will report on solar cookers activity: they build various solar cookers and monitor their performance.
Slovenian REBECEE staff found good project partner in Faculty for Architecture for promotion, training and monitoring activities. The Faculty runs Slovenian Consortium for Passive Buildings which is similar to IG Passivhaus in Austria and Germany. In June 5 they organise annual meeting and training events for architects in order to inform them with new developments in this field. The faculty also took part in international architectural contest on passive architecture design and received many prises. The four projects from that contest will be presented on their seminar and exhibition on 5 June and on the REBECEE exhibition from 9 to 26 June. You can find all REBECEE exhibition posters at www.rebecee.si/en/virtual-exhibition.html
The architectural exhibition will be accompanied with technical workshop that will take part on 16 June at the municipal building in Linhartova 13 and will be free of charge to all participants. The workshop will deal with technical details on most crucial expects of the design and realisation of passive buildings. First presentations will deal with building envelope technologies, massive and wood construction materials and details. Next presentations will focus on energy system design and ventilation designs and combination with heating configuration. The Slovenian REBECEE general sponsor that runs electric transmission network will presents techniques for rational use of electric energy in households.
Along with the exhibition there will be visits organised to all realised development projects that will open doors to interested publics. On five locations visitors will be offered guided tours to various low energy and passive buildings.

22.5.2009 - Tallinn/Estonia
Tallinn REBECEE building exhibition opened
The opening ceremony of the Tallinn REBECEE building exhibition took place on 22th of May in busiest shopping centre in Tallinn, Viru Keskus. The REBECEE project partners from Germany, Holland and Sweden took part on the opening ceremony of the exhibition. Vice Mayor of Tallinn Eha Võrk opened the exhibition, the speeches were also made by Head of Tallinn City property department Einike Uri, Mayor of Kiel Peter Todeskino and REBECEE project coordinator Peter M. Friemert.

The 10-day period in Tallinn, Viru Keskus, was the introduction to the exhibition and gave the general public possibility to learn about renewable energy technologies and energy saving and get information about Tallinn REBECEE exhibition projects.
The main idea of the exhibition was - The sun! Solar energy! Active and passive solar energy!
In the exhibition the information about solar energy, energy efficiency, passive houses and Tallinn City Projects were presented.

One focus of the exhibition was on the passive house and passive house building process. The passive house planning, location and architecture, walls and isolation, doors and windows, roof, heating and ventilation were introduced. This was the most popular subject of the exhibition and many visitors were interested to learn more about the passive house technologies and passive house projects in Estonia.

The important part of the exhibition was the introduction of the Tallinn City Projects, Two study tours took place and gave the public and also the REBECEE project partners the chance to see the Tallinn REBECEE projects.
The corner for active solar energy use was introducing samples, panels, water heaters, working models and "how everything works" diagram. It was attractive to people since many visitors have never had a contact with renewable energy components. It gave them opportunity to see exactly how they work and ask questions.

Practical part of the exhibition gave the answers to many visitors and who found this still not to be enough were able to register themselves to the renewable energy seminars and workshops what are taking place all through the exhibition time.
The workshops are addressed to the different target groups - municipal officers, craftsman, architects, planners, trade companies, investors, civil servants and key actors. First seminars have been already taken place and have attracted a vide audiences.
The closing event of the Tallinn REBECEE Exhibition will take place on 18th on June in Tallinn City Property Board.

11.5.2009
Seventeenth REBECEE-Newsletter
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

4.5.2009 - Tallinn/Estonia
Tallinn REBECEE building exhibition is coming
22 May - 19 June 2009
Tallinn REBECEE building exhibition will take place in Tallinn on 20th of May - 19th of June 2009. The opening ceremony will be on 22th of May in Viru Keskus.
The exhibition will be introduced during 10-day period in busiest shopping centre in Tallinn, Viru Keskus, where will be possible to learn a lot about renewable energy technologies and energy saving, to see 3D pictures and get information about Tallinn REBECEE exhibition projects.
The main idea of the exhibition is - The sun! Solar energy! Active and passive solar energy!

Tallinn REBECEE exhibition is allocated on the centre of the shopping centre, where it is visible to everybody, decorated in bright yellow sunny colour.
In the exhibition the information about solar energy, energy efficiency, passive houses and Tallinn City Projects will be presented. It is also possibility to get practical information and have fun in Re- School, a place for kids to learn about renewable energy and to draw pictures to show what they have learned.
One focus of the exhibition is on the passive house and passive house building process. The passive house planning, location and architecture, walls and isolation, doors and windows, roof, heating, ventilation and intelligent housing system will be introduced.
The corner for active solar energy use is introducing samples, panels, water heaters, working models and “how everything works” diagram. It’s also possible to learn about renewable energy possibilities in Estonia.
Practical part of the exhibition gives the answers- What do you need to know about passive house before its construction? Where to get information and know-how? How to save energy in every day life?
The important part of the exhibition is the introduction of the Tallinn City Projects, including information board for every building, 3d views from the Tallinn objects and photos. It is also possible to see detail information for every object on GuestPoint screen, other times rotating info for all the objects.
The study tours will give everybody a chance to see all the objects. The study tours will be guided by specialists who introduce all the objects and share the information.
The workshops for different target groups - municipal officers, craftsman, architects, planners, trade companies, investors, civil servants and key actors will be also part of the Tallinn REBECEE exhibition.
The closing event of the exhibition will be on 19th on June.

For more informationen please see rebecee.tallinn.ee.

23.-30.4.2009 - Alingsås/Sweden
Great success - EnBo09 housing and energy fair
www.enbo09.se

The EnBo09 exhibition has closed for this year. "We are hoping to repeat the EnBo success during spring 2010" says Mr Bo Norling in his speech after the intensive exhibition week.

EnBo is Swedens´s largest exhibition for energy efficient building. Between 24 - 30 April builders, municipalities and manufacturers were gathered in Alingsås to demonstrate energy efficient construction solutions.

Studyvisits to five different energy efficient interesting sites were arranged every day during the week, both for public and professionals.
For the moment, an evaluation is going on. Totally the exhibition had more than 7.000 visitors.
A target to reach was to fill 90% of the exhibition area, attract at least 50 different exhibitors and to have at least 500 professional visitors. This was fulfilled without any doubts.

Programme during the week
Every weekday seminars with different focus were held, combined with studyvisits to Brogården, Stadsskogen, Tollered and the distant heating establishment Sävelund.

Seminars were all sold out and both participants and guestlecturers were overall very satisfied with the result. Visits to the preschool were popular. "We have combined passivehouseconstruction with pedagogics and the result is a unique thinking about sustainable development which the children are aware of from early ages", Agneta Andersson, headmaster at preschool in Stadsskogen says.

Passive house conference
Passive house center in Alingsås was one of the organisers of the Passivehouse conference in Gothenburg 27-29 April this year. The conference attracted 400 nordic visitors and 300 of them visited EnBo09 during Wednesday 29 April.

Statistics
Exhibitors 69
Visitors 7.000
Participants in seminars 125
Participants guided tours 900
Journalists 11
International visitors from Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.

Thank you
A special thank you to all or partners Alingsås Energi, Alingsåshem, Fabs, Statkraft, Glantz arkitektstudio and Skanska.

31.3.2009 - Tallinn/Estonia
REBECEE Workshop
„The Components for Energy Efficient houses”

The second international workshop in Tallinn took place on 31st of March in Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel. This time the workshop was addressed to investors, developers and companies. The workshop took place in a framework of the biggest building fare EstBuilt2009. The idea of the workshop was to introduce new products and new companies who are not represented in Estonia to the local market. All companies will take part in the frame of the REBECEE project in the building exhibition to introduce different components of energy efficient houses. Building exhibition EstBuilt09 will take place for the 13th time from 1st till 4th of April.

Opening of the workshop and introduction of the REBECEE project was made by Priit Pärtelpoeg, Vice Head of Tallinn Municipal Housing Board. Tõnu Mauring from University of Tartu, Institute of Technology introduced all the companies and made the technical evaluation of the energy efficient houses´ components.
Solar thermal collectors: modern technology from Austria was introduced by Karin Ertl, Sonnenkraft Solar Systems GmbH from Austria. Buildings air tightness - the new technologies, products and potential in Estonian climate by Jens Lüder Herms, Moll bauökologische Produkte GmbH (pro clima) from Germany.

Ventilation of the modern energy efficiency buildings by Ivars Gredzens, Paul Wärmerückgewinnung GmbH, Germany and passive house windows were introduced by Franz Freundorfer OPTIWIN from Austria.
About 70 people took part in the workshop and the seminar was evaluated like “good” done.

24.3.2009 - Alingsås/Sweden
EnBo09 - Energy and housing exhibition
in Alingsås 23 - 30 April 2009 is coming
In just about one month, it is time for the Swedish contribution to the REBECEE-project EnBo09, to open. The grand opening of the energy- and housing exhibition will take place in Alingsås in the evening 23 April, and the exhibition will stretch until 30 April. Over a full week, builders, municipalities, distributors and speakers from organisations and universities will gather in Alingsås to demonstrate and discuss energy efficient building.
The project manager Mr Bo Norling is satisfied with the programme and has recruited a large team around him to perform the exhibition.
“We are really happy that we decided to perform our contribution to REBECEE in this way”, says Mr Bo Norling.

The exhibition will be divided into three parts:
Seminars, Exhibition hall and Study visits.
It will possible to attend five different seminars, one each day, all of them with focus on sustainability.
The guest lectures are carefully chosen and a name to drop is for example Professor John Holmberg, Head of the Division of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers. Year 2001 he was awarded "the best university teacher in environmental science in Sweden" by the National Agency for Higher Education. Other speakers to mention is Mr Hans Eek, architect and passivehouse expert from Passivehouse center and Mr Tomas Kåberger, general director of Swedish Energy Agency. During the weekend, EnBo09 will also present shorter seminars in the exhibition hall. The hall will be open for visitors 10-16 daily and will be free of charge.
The study tours will depart from the hall and visit five different sites, three at each tour. The prevailing sites are Brogården, Stadsskogen, Preschool, Tollered and Sävenäs - the distant heating establishment.
To attract spontanius visits, we will offer ponyriding for children, jazzmusic in association with Alingsås Jazz Festival and nice opportunities to have lunch or coffe (made by the famous chef Ulrik Lindelöw) in the exhibition hall.

for more information please visit www.enbo09.se

24.3.2009
Sixteenth REBECEE-Newsletter
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

26.2.2009 - Tallinn/Estonia
REBECEE Workshop „Renewable energy use and passive house decisions” for architects and engineers

First international workshop for architects and engineers in Tallinn took place on 26th of February in Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel.
Priit Pärtelpoeg, Vice Head of Tallinn Municipal Housing Board seed the welcoming words for behalf of Tallinn REBECEE team.
Opening words and REBECEE project presentation were by Peter Friemert, ZEBAU GmbH, Coordinator of the REBECEE project and architect from Hamburg, Germany.
In workshop were discussed renewable energy possibilities, passive house technology and architecture, sustainable urban development, passive house experiences in Hannover City and Green architecture. Presentations were by experts from Germany, Denmark and Estonia. Karin Rumming, Environmental Protection Section, City of Hannover Environment and city Greenspace, architect from Germany, Tõnu Mauring, University of Tartu, Institute of Technology from Estonia, Rene Nedergaard and Finn Jeppesen, Bureau of Arhitects: Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen architect from Denmark.

100 architects and engineers took part and feedback from the seminars was really good.
Next international workshop „Components for Energy Efficient houses” for investors, developers and companies will take place in Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel on 31st of March 2009 and it’s in a framework of the biggest building fare in Estonia EstBult2009.

26.2.2009
Fifteenth REBECEE-Newsletter
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

12.2.2009 - Vilnius/Lithuania
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building: Experience and Perspectives in Lithuania
On February 12, 2009 Vilnius Municipality together with public institution Renewable Energy information consultation centre (www.ateik.lt) organized the seminar “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building: experience and perspectives in Lithuania”.

The seminar was the main event of Sustainable Energy Week, February 9-13, 2009, www.eusew.eu. The first part of the seminar was organised for professionals and governmental officials. Second part – for Vilnius citizens.

More than 400 participants were registered during the day (both for the first and second part of the seminar). Presentations were made by specialists from UK, Denmark, Latvia:
"Renewable Energy – UK Approach"
"Renovation of Buildings, based on solar energy in Denmark"
"Solarwall technology", Latvia
"Renewable energy use in Lithuania"
"Sustainable Energy Vision for Lithuania till 2050".
REBECEE’s follow up project PARK OF ARCHITECTURE was presented by Vilnius team.
The exposition of RES was arranged in the premises of Vilnius Municipality
IMPORTANT: One part of the seminar was allocated for the initial meeting of solar energy specialists (64 registered participants). During this meeting it was decided to establish Lithuanian Solar energy specialists association. Follow up result: the association was established on February 27, 2009.

4.-6.2.2009 - The Hague/The Netherlands
REBECEE-Meeting in The Hague – a complete success

The REBECEE partners met from 04.02. till 06.02. for the 5th cluster meeting in The Hague. Reports from exhibition partners and know-how transfer with observer cities were on the agenda. The successful balance of the meeting included presentations of all exhibition concepts from Alingsas, Tallinn, Ljubljana and The Hague (EFL). One can also recognize development in observer cities Vilnius, Sofia and Riga. The international network of REBECEE has found numerous market partners, who support local construction projects and participate in workshops and conferences. The representatives of Kiel presented first results of evaluation of InBA Kiel 2008, which could provide impulses in the North German market.

The host, EFL, and its member company, Staedion, introduced new construction projects in The Hague and presented development of the Dutch housing industry towards increased energy efficiency and usage of renewable energies.
The final closing conference for all the REBECEE partners takes place on 5.11.2009 in Brussels.

16.12.2008 - Tallinn/Estonia
REBEEE Workshop “Renewable energy and energy saving in building” for investors and developerse
Conference was addressed to investors, developers and trade companies.
The conference was done in a roundtable to give everybody a chance to be a part of the discussion. Opening words were from Priit Pärtelpoeg from Tallinn Municipal Housing Board.

In seminar the fallowing subject were discussed: low energy housing, passive house standard and examples about architectural drawing´s analyses. Discussion was lead by Tõnu Mauring, passive house expert and Tullio Liblik, developer. In workshop were also represented Swedbank who was introducing „green building loans“ and University of Tartu. The conference was done in a smaller scale than our earlier workshops but feedback from the people who participated was really good.

20.11.2008 - Alingsås/Sweden
Building-Living Dialogue
Passivhuscenter has during this autumn arranged their first two-day-education in cooperation with the Building-Living Dialogue.
The Building- Living Dialogue, is a unique form of co-operation between companies, municipalities, national and local authorities, and the Swedish Government. The common goal is a sustainable building and property sector before 2025, i.e. within one generation, primarily in three prioritised areas: the indoor environment, the use of energy and the use of natural resources. Today 44 actors have joined the Dialogue on free basis. By making commitments and efforts to improve the environment, these companies, municipalities and authorities are leading the way for a sustainable development of the building and property sector.
The education is free of charge and the target group in Alingsås this time were builders, architects, spatial planners and project leaders. (Target group 2)
Passivehousecenter in Alingsås intends to arrange the education again during spring 2009.

13./14.11.2008 - Portorož/Slovenia
REBECEE participation to "19 Conference on Real Estate Operation"
The 19th Conference on real Estate Operation has been organised by the Real Estate Institute that operates under the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce. The conference is organised on annual basis and it attracts major players in the field of financing and development of apartments. The emphasis is given to social housing for various groups of interested citizens and to investments in special flats for elderly people.

The event attracted 33 presenters and 322 participants. The REBECEE project has been presented within the first introductory plenary speech, given by Bojko Jerman. His presentation on: »The Quality of Apartment Buildings: a Charge or an Opportunity?« presented efforts in Slovenia to upgrade the general quality of development projects in residential area. He presented REBECEE projects in Slovenia and follow up projects in this field.

Along with the conference, the Slovenian REBECEE team organised the exhibition of so far realised REBECEE projects in Slovenia. The exhibition took place in the Congress Centre lobby and was visited by all conference participants.

5.11.2008
Forteenth REBECEE-Newsletter
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

30.10.2008 - Tallinn/Estonia
Workshop for architects and engineers
Due to the high interest in first workshop Tallinn REBECEE team decided to organize the second workshop for the architects and engineers. From last conference REBECEE team learned what were the most important subjects and what is the least known to architects and engineers about building a renewable energy or passive house. Many questions were also asked about wind energy so organizing team decided to do a short presentation about that. Feedbacks from the seminars were really good and some new partners were found to work with Tallinn REBECEE team.

23.10.2008 - Vilnius/Lithuania
International seminar
“Sustainable Energy in Buildings” in Vilnius
REBECEE seminar on 23rd of October, 2008 in Vilnius was opened by the Vilnius City Mayor Juozas Imbrasas and moderated by the Chief Architect of Vilnius city Arturas Blotnys.

More than 100 participants (mostly city architects, planners, real estate developers, governmental institutions, energy business consultants, politicians) took a participation in the event.
There were 12 presentations (7 Lithuanian speakers, 5 peakers from Germany, Sweden, Holland and Denmark) made during one day event. There were the following Lithuanian presentations:
Project "Park of Architecture in Vilnius" as REBECEE follow up project was presented by Ruta Matoniene
Expo of sustainable energy buildings in Kaunas in 2010 was presented by the leading Lithuanian architect Algirdas Kaušpedas
The need of energy efficiency and monitoring in buildings was explained by Dr. Vytautas Martinaitis from Vilnius Technical University
Lithuanian developers presented First passive house in Vilnius as a pilot project.
Jessica as the way to finance energy saving was presented by Dr. Klaudijus Maniokas,Chairman of ESTEP(EU projects)
Biomass - the biggest RES in Lithuania. Presentation was made by the President of Lithuanian District Heating Association.
International experience was covered by the experts from Germany, Sweden, Holland and Denmark:
Horst Erichen presented REBECEE activities and RES policy in Germany.
Jørn Treldal from RAMBOLL DENMARK spoke about challenges in the Design of Low-Energy buildings.
Niels Carsten Bluhme from Albertslund Kommune, Denmark spoke about energy efficient renovation and planning in the Danish community
Dutch and Swedish experience presented by REBECEE partners - Bo Norling and Eric Muller
Participants of the seminar positively evaluated the quality of the seminar. There were 55 seminar evaluation sheets filled up by participants (out of 110 distributed evaluation forms)
After the seminar all the material / speakers presentations were loaded in Vilnius municipality internet site www.vilnius.lt

Follow up result:
After the seminar cooperation with public institution "Renewable energy information consultation
centre" was established. The main aim of the centre is to further the sustainable and informational society development, evolving and promoting renewable energy. One of the primary tasks of the centre - to inform and educate society about renewable energy development
Therefore it was decided to organize a sustainable energy week (www.eusew.eu) in Vilnius municipality on February 13, 2009. Main subjects of this seminar: "Sustainable building: experience and perspectives in Lithuania. Renewable energy"

20.10.2008
Thirteenth REBECEE-Newsletter / InBA Kiel report online
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter with a report about the Innovative Building Exhibition (InBA) Kiel 2008 is available at the Download-section.

18.10.2008 - Kiel/Germany
„Innovative Bauausstellung InBA Kiel 2008 was a complete success“
„Innovative Bauausstellung InBA was a complete success“ was the title of the article in newspaper "Kieler Nachrichten" on 18.10.2008. And federal state capital Kiel could not agree more on this. The development process of InBA had given the city many important impulses, which became obvious during the exhibition runtime and numerous events.
From 5th till 28th of September 2008 Kiel, as the city of climate protection, laid the main emphasis on energy saving construction: Innovative Bauausstellung (InBA)® Kiel 2008 provided insight in sustainable construction – from practical experience for practical experience.
During three exhibition weeks 20 InBA projects could be visited.
Buildings of all kinds, such as new and refurbished buildings, dwelling houses, commercial, public and special construction exemplary show, how construction can be become more sustainable with help of energy efficiency and usage of renewable energies.

Thanks to participation of engaged builder-owners, who modernized or new constructed their buildings according to high energy standards this and last year, there was developed a fine composition of innovative buildings: apartment buildings, terraced houses, apartments, a consumer market, a sports hall and a multifunctional building. All in all 28 accommodation units were refurbished, 160 accommodation units and about 15.000 m² of useful area as commercial and office area were newly built.

It is noteworthy that many of these projects were considerably more energy optimized than it was originally planned. Among these there is newly constructed Famila department store Kiel-Wik, the science centre Kiel, sports hall Schilksee, the energetical refurbishment projects in the streets Bräutigamweg and Kanalstraße.
When the decision for InBA was made by council board in 2006, increasing energy prices and consequences of climate change were not such important issues for many people as they are today. The 1st Kiel Climate Day in the city hall of Kiel in the beginning of 2008 demonstrated with help of over 1000 visitors the rising interest of citizens, who informed themselves on such issues as energy efficiency, energy saving and renewable energies.

The InBA concept of consulting, professional events and “projects-to-touch” were well received. During over 60 events, excursions and guided tours the interested visitors had the possibility to ask questions, receive technological explanations and experience energy saving construction. Over 2.500 national and international visitors took advantage of these offers.

The opening ceremony in café Engelchen in the shopping centre Sophienhof attracted over 150 guests. On the occasion of the World Children’s Day participation activities for children and their parents took place on various stands in Sophienhof. Beside tinkering with environment friendly materials the issue of energy was accessible to children. Children, parents and organization were very excited. The experts’ forums „Sanieren & Sparen“ (refurbish and save) und „Best-practice-objects“ presented InBA projects with speeches. The projects could be visited on site later.

Central InBA information stand in the central shopping centre of Kiel, “Sophienhof”, was received particularly well. There energy consultants from Kiel were available for questions of actual and aspiring house owners every afternoon.

The 5th Kiel Solar Days took place together with InBA. In „Sophienhof“ took place presentation of Kiel enterprises, which belong to craftsmen association „Fair-Play-Wärme“ (fair-play-warmth), union of members of the trade association „Sanitär-Heizung-Klima“ (sanitary plumbing – heating –climate), as well as further guilds and handicraft enterprises with their projects. The approved fair of Kiel handicraft was supplemented by firms and products from the sphere of energy saving construction on the occasion of InBA 2008. Many thousands of discussions, consultations and first contacts provided for even more attention towards energy efficient construction.
As first from the eight partner cities, the federal state capital Kiel conducted the largest building exhibition within the framework of the EU project REBECEE. The incentives, provided by InBA to the city, have further effect and they were actively picked up in order to use the momentum of InBA and make Kiel more environment friendly.

9.10.2008 - Alingsås/Sweden
The Swedish King and Queen study passive house technique in Alingsås
On the 9 October the Swedish King and Queen visited Alingsås. Their first stop was at Passive house center where they were welcomed by hundreds of children waving the Swedish flag. Mr Hans Eek made a shorter speach and afterwards they all visited the passive house exibition. After refreshments, next stop was Brogården and later the new residencial area Stadsskogen. Headmaster of the preschool at Stadsskogen, Agneta Augustsson, could proudly present the first preschool in Scandinavia built in passive house technique.

The Royal King and Queen showed great interest in all sites and were well informed. The King, who is very interested in environmental issues, jokingly asked if the passiv house technique could be something for their castle… A great day to remember.


Photographer: Robert Persson

7.10.2008 - Tallinn/Estonia
Workshop for architects and engineers
Workshop was addressed to architects and engineers. The
interest in the event was so high that the organising REBECEE team had to change the venue for the bigger one. It shows that Estonian architects and engineers are very well informed about the need to know more about renewable energy and energy savings. In workshop were discussed renewable energy possibilities, financial support for energy saving technology, energy audit and energy marker and about passive houses. Presentations were by experts and architects who have an experience in low energy houses, passive houses and renewable energy.

2.10.2008 - Alingsås/Sweden
Lithuanian Delegation visits Alingsås
On October 2-3, a Lithuanian delegation of 12 visited the city of Alingsås. The group consisted of the Rebecee observers from the city of Vilnius and also architects from the same city. During the first day they could listen to interesting speaches in the City Hall concerning sustainable environment, held by Mrs Katja Ketola, Sr Spatial Planner, Mr Kjell Hult, Development Director, Mr Anders Glantz and Mr Anders Linde, architects from Glantz Arkitektstudio and Mr Gunnar Lennermo, solarenergyexpert. In the City Hall they also met with the Deputy Mayor of Alingsås municipality, Mr Tore Hult.

In the afternoon the delegation visited the new residencial area, Stadsskogen (Cityforest) and had also the opportunity to pay a visit to the newly built preschool at Stadsskogen.
The second day started with two study visits in Vårgårda, a small city nearby Alingsås.

The enterprises Vårgårdahus and Sundolitt were visited. Later, great interest was shown to the renovation project at Brogården. The day ended in the late afternoon in Göteborg, at Älvstranden, where the delegation could enjoy the harboursurroundings and visit the largest passive house in Sweden - Hamnhuset (Harbourhouse).

1.10.2008 - Stockholm/Sweden
Workshop “Sustainable City Development in the Baltic Metropoles”
On October 1, 2008 the group of Lithuanian architects (12 persons) , city planners and politicians took a participation in one day seminar-workshop in Stockholm "Sustainable City Development in the Baltic Metropolis".
The seminar took place in the info center of Hammarby Sjöstad.
Vilnius, among other Baltic metropolis cities, presented it's new project of sustainable city development "Park of Architecture - International Housing Expo"
Malmo city presented it's project Bo 01, Helsinki - the project Viiki.
After presentations session - all the participants (from Stockholm, Malmo, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius) discussed actual issues about the barriers towards the implementation of sustainable development of the city.
After the discussion all the participants visited Envac underground waste management station in Hammarby Sjöstad and Sjöstadsverket sewage plant (treatment of waste water, biogas production)

1.+2.10.2008 - Brdo/Slovenia
REBECEE Industrial Exposition in Brdo
Within the framework of the expert conference on "Buildings, Energy and Environment" that took place in the Congress Centre Brdo at Brdo pri Kranju on 1st and 2nd October 2008, the company Kubus Inženiring d.o.o. organized a REBECEE INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION, where 45 national and foreign providers of products and services from the construction field, with a special emphasis on the energy efficiency and ecological integrity, presented themselves to 318 participants of the expert conference.

The participants were satisfied with the REBECEE industrial exposition, as demonstrated by the answers provided in the survey bellow. We are particularly pleased because as many as 210 participants who visited the exhibition returned a completed questionnaire. The answers received will be taken into consideration in the organisation of future events by our company.

1.10.2008 - Brdo/Slovenia
REBECEE Workshops in Brdo
The company Kubus Inzeniring Ltd has carried out the following REBECEE workshops within the annual national Conference "Buildings, Energy and Environment 2008" held in Congress Centre Brdo on 1st of October 2008:

REBECEE Workshop for investors and companies: Fresh air in passive and low-energy buildings was held in Steklena dvorana 1 (Glass Hall 1) of the Congress Centre.
The REBECEE expert workshop was led by Bojko Jerman, M.Sc.Arch., E-NETSI d.o.o. The lecturers were the following:
Bojan Mehle, B.Sc.Mech.Eng., PROTIM Ržišnik Perc inženirji in arhitekti d.o.o.,
Peter Gašperšic, PhD. Civ.Eng., Ekoaktiv d.o.o., and
Bojan Grobovšek, B.Sc.Mech.Eng., Energy Consultant.
The workshop was participated by 20 architects and designers.

REBECEE Workshop International business exchange: Airtightness of buildings and heat bridges was held in Steklena dvorana 2 (Glass Hall 2) of the Congress Centre.
The REBECEE expert workshop was led by Miha Tomšic, M.Sc.Civ.Eng., Gradbeni inštitut ZRMK d.o.o.. The lecturers were the following:
Miro Škvorc, EKO PRODUKT d.o.o., explained why the airtightness of buildings is important;
Tadej Zimic, Tadej Zimic s. p., showed a few practical examples of providing solutions to heat bridges, and
Tadej Gruden, B.Sc.Civ.Eng., Gruden Tadej s.p., Grafit G, discussed the heat bridges in buildings and their consequences.
The workshop was participated by 21 architects and designers.

REBECEE Workshop Interconnecting designers: Approach to designing energy efficient heating and cooling of a multi-apartment building was held in Steklena dvorana 3 (Glass Hall 3) of the Congress Centre.
The REBECEE expert workshop was led by Marjana Šijanec Zavrl, PhD.Civ.Eng., Gradbeni inštitut ZRMK d.o.o. The lecturers were the following:
Janko Remec, Phd.Mech.Eng., University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, spoke about the energy concept design of a multi-apartment building, and
Rajko Bajc, B.Sc.Arch., Projekta d.o.o., lectured on the approach to designing energy efficient heating and cooling of a multi-apartment building.
The workshop was participated by 26 architects and designers.

REBECEE Workshop Financial models for financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources was held in Steklena dvorana 4 (Glass Hall 4) of the Congress Centre.
The REBECEE expert workshop was led by Marko Umberger, President of the Slovenian Solar Association.The lecturers were the following:
Franc Beravs, Eco Found, Slovenian environmental found and
Jure Leben, Centre for the renewable energy sources and the protection of the environment.
Franc Beravs gave lecture about grants for low-energy and passive buildings, meanwhile Jure Leben represented English model of financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
The workshop were participated by 26 architects and designers.

All comments and proposals are gathered in a survey on satisfaction with the REBECEE expert workshops and will be taken into consideration in the organisation of future events.

8.9.2008 - Alingsås/Sweden
Grand Opening of passivehouse preschool in Alingsås
Earlier this year, in the beginning of June, the preschool moved into their new building in Stadsskogen in Alingsås. In September it was time for the children to take the house in possession. It is the first preschool built in passivehousetechnique in Sweden. Five units serve at most 92 children. "We are really happy to be here", says Marianne Wiberg, preschoolteacher. The rooms are really adjusted to suit the needs of the young pupils, and both teachers and children are pleased with the result.

At the grand opening the preschoolchildren were visited by an environmentalclown and everyone had icecream. This happy day ended later in the evening when politicians and colleagues from other preschools were invited to be informed of the results.

1.9.2008
Twelfth REBECEE-Newsletter / InBA Kiel special online
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter with some information about the Innovative Building Exhibition (InBA) Kiel 2008 is available at the Download-section.

1.8.2008
Eleventh REBECEE-Newsletter online
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

26.+27.6.2008 - Sofia/Bulgaria
International Conference "Integration of Energy Efficient Solutions and Renewable Energy Sources in New and Renovated Buildings"
On 26-27 June 2008 the international conference Integration of Energy Efficient Solutions and Renewable Energy Sources in New and Renovated Buildings was held in the frame of the project REBECEE in Sofia, Bulgaria. About 75 representatives of Bulgarian companies, project partners from Hamburg, Riga and Tallinn, media, university lecturers and experts took part in the event. The participants were welcomed by the Ministry of Economy and Energy, Sofia City Council and the organizers. Twenty papers were presented at 3 panels: Passive and Low Energy Buildings, Insulation Systems; Advanced Energy Efficient Technologies and Building Systems; Quality Assurance for the End Customers. Architects, engineers and techniques had the opportunity to learn more about the new for Bulgaria projects – low energy and passive buildings, building management systems, integrated systems using renewable energy sources, etc. Legislative and other problems and barriers for penetration of energy efficient measures were discussed and proposals for corrective actions and improvements were put forward.
On the second day of the conference a multifamily apartment building renovated under a program of the UNDP and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works was visited. The participants learnt more about the process of recruitment of buildings, all stages of renovation and quality assurance. The other visited object was the new administrative and store building of REHAU Bulgaria. Experts from REHAU shared their experience and new technologies applied in a new and modern building: a heat pump system with pipelines from a new material, facade energy saving systems, a solar system for DHW supply, solar shading system, etc. The payback period of the higher investments is 8,4 years as the systems has high durability and reliability.
For more information please see www.sofena.com/ConferenceEng.htm

21.+22.6.2008 - Kiel/Germany
International City Forum 2008 within the framework of the Kiel Week devoted to the theme of “Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Cities of North and Baltic Seas”
The International City Forum during the Kiel Week has been taking place for over 30 years. Partner cities of the federal state capital Kiel and other local authorities from Finland, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden visited the fjord in 2008. This meeting, which started as a uniting-nations event, has developed itself into up-to-date political forum.

“Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Cities of North and Baltic Seas” is the motto of International City Forum 2008. Representatives of eight partner cities as well as delegation from ten cities with good relationships to the city of Kiel were invited. As always reports and discussions concerned burning issues, since the goal is to learn from one another and give each other new impetus.

In the run-up to „Innovative Bauausstellung (InBA) Kiel 2008“ (Innovative Building Exhibition Kiel 2008) the International City Forum had good grounds to connect global thinking with local activities. Two inspiring, globally orientated reports by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Dommenget (IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel) about „Climate 2010“ and by Prof. Dr. Gernot Klepper (Institut für Weltwirtschaft / Institute for Global Economy, Kiel) about „Costs of Climate Change –depending on the Climate Policy“ lead over to local options for actions and strategies for local authorities. Various cities presented model examples, how climate protection can be actively aspired on the local level.

Furthermore, this year’s International City Forum had very demonstrative examples, since already before the exhibition (from 5 till 28 September) the delegations to the Kiel Week could visit a number of newly constructed or refurbished buildings in the city of Kiel and be informed about the advantages of CO2 neutral heat supply. For example, this was what happened in case of famila convenience store in Kiel-Wik. This convenience store, with reinforced concrete framework as method of construction, has obtained stringent insulation standard and is to be heated only if temperature falls below zero, the office wing shall be constructed as a passive house. The energy supply concept includes the usage of waste heat from cold air for heating of effective area, energy efficient lighting, usage of heat and cold from the ground (geothermal energy), as well as ventilation systems with highly efficient waste heat recovery, which adjust air volume to the actual demand. Photovoltaic unit with output of 100 kWP shall be installed on the roof. As result, this project can set Europe wide standards for similar commercial properties.

For further information see: www.inba-kiel.de

2.-22.6.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
REBECEE Exhibition Ljubljana 2008
Ljubljana REBECEE Architectural Exhibition on low energy and passive building designs took part at the Glass Pavilion of the City Hall. There were being 16 project presented, 4 realisations and planned investments by the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana and several commercial projects. Some realised projects were open for public visits.
Introduction to the exhibition was made by the Director of the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana, Ms Jožka Hegler. The exhibition was formally opened by the Vice Mayor, Prof. Janez Koželj who pointed out importance of public incentives in the energy efficiency and renewable energy field.

The exhibition was opened for public 20 days with 45–50 daily visitors in summary 950 visitors, among them many foreigners. Their feedback in the exhibition book was very positive.

Along with the exhibition, where realised projects and projects in design stage were presented, 8 finalised investments were opened for public viewing. There were 13 visits realised with participation of 52 interested citizens and professionals.

For more information and a virtual exhibition, please see www.rebecee.si.
Along with this event, three workshops were organised on project preparation and realisation of low energy and passive buildings:

17.6.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Workshop for developers of low energy and passive buildings
The programme started with presentation of REBECEE activities in Slovenia and other partner cities. Ms Tonka Grgic presented detailed overview of realised and proposed low energy and passive investments carried out by The Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She also mentioned the exhibition programme to take part in June 2008 and 2009 in Ljubljana and in other partner cities and pointed out possibilities to join visits to exhibition in Kiel and Alingsas.
The technical programme started with presentation on technical regulation and status on its implication, given by one of the leading Slovenian design experts, Bojan Mehle from PROTIM Ržišnik Perc Ltd. He pointed out the the role of developers and the discrepancies among technical regulation demands and much lower standard of realised buildings.

Then Mr Stane Tomc presented overview on design elements for air heating and cooling systems for low energy houses with emphasis to air distribution elements and designs.
The programme continued with presentation on various ventillation techniques, elements and system designs, such us: Hydro-sensible ventilation, Ventilation with heat recovery – one family houses, Ventilation with heat recovery – multi apartment buildings, Integration of heating and cooling, Integrated system for passive houses, Design concepts for multi story buildings, new and refurbishments, Calculation of needed volume exchange, Noise reduction measures, Control of air humidity, Earth heat exchangers, why yes, why no, Active cooling and passive cooling – when and how.

10.6.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Workshop for investors of low energy and passive buildings
The programme started with presentation of REBECEE activities in Slovenia and other partner cities. Ms Tonka Grgic presented detailed overview of realised and proposed low energy and passive investments carried out by The Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She also mentioned the exhibition programme to take part in June 2008 and 2009 in Ljubljana and in other partner cities and pointed out possibilities to join visits to exhibition in Kiel and Alingsas.
The technical programme started with presentation on technical regulation and status on its implication, given by one of the leading Slovenian design experts, Bojan Mehle from PROTIM Ržišnik Perc Ltd. He pointed out the discrepancies among technical regulation demands and much lower standard of realised buildings.

Then Mr Stane Tomc presented overview on design elements for air heating and cooling systems for low energy houses with emphasis to air distribution elements and designs.
The programme continued with presentation on various ventillation techniques, elements and system designs, such us: Hydro-sensible ventilation, Ventilation with heat recovery – one family houses, Ventilation with heat recovery – multi apartment buildings, Integration of heating and cooling, Integrated system for passive houses, Design concepts for multi story buildings, new and refurbishments, Calculation of needed volume exchange, Noise reduction measures, Control of air humidity, Earth heat exchangers, why yes, why no, Active cooling and passive cooling – when and how.
After the break the programme continued with comprehensive presentations on buiding development techniques, massive and prefabricated.
Ms Janja Pensek presented Wigo pre fabricated wooden houses and various quality levels and techniques that can be performed.
Mr Alen Mladinov presented Isorast development system that is used in several Slovenian new passive buildings.
After discussion the workshop closed with high satisfaction of more than 30 workshop attendees.

27.5.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Workshop for planners of low energy and passive buildings
The programme started with presentation of REBECEE activities in Slovenia and other partner cities. Ms Tonka Grgic presented detailed overview of realised and proposed low energy and passive investments carried out by The Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She also mentioned the exhibition programme to take part in June 2008 and 2009 in Ljubljana and in other partner cities and pointed out possibilities to join visits to exhibition in Kiel and Alingsas.
The technical programme started with presentation on technical regulation and status on its implication, given by one of the leading Slovenian design experts, Bojan Mehle from PROTIM Ržišnik Perc Ltd. He pointed out the discrepancies among technical regulation demands and much lower standard of realised buildings.

Then Mr Stane Tomc presented overview on design elements for air heating and cooling systems for low energy houses with emphasis to air distribution elements and designs.
The programme continued with presentation on various ventillation techniques, elements and system designs, such us: Hydro-sensible ventilation, Ventilation with heat recovery – one family houses, Ventilation with heat recovery – multi apartment buildings, Integration of heating and cooling, Integrated system for passive houses, Earth heat exchanger, Distribution systems and elements, Single family house example: design and material list for the example house.
After the break the programme continued with comprehensive presentation given by Mr Eberhart Paul, the author of many patents in ventilation field. He presented and discussed the following technical issues: Metering of efficiency of heat recovery units, Heat recovery patents by PAUL, Design concepts for multi story buildings, new and refurbishments, Calculation of needed volume exchange, Noise reduction measures, Control of air humidity, Earth heat exchangers, why yes, why no, Active cooling and passive cooling – when and how.
After discussion the workshop closed with high satisfaction of more than 50 workshop attendees.

5.6.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Visits to realised low energy and passive buildings in Ljubljana
Building exhibition in Ljubljana in June 2008 and in June 2009 will show recent developments in the field of energy efficient buildings using high portion of Renewable Energy Sources. You are invited to visit 8 realised low energy and passive buildings.
For more information, the visits programme and a virtual exhibition, please see www.rebecee.si.

27.5.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Invitation to REBECEE Exhibition Ljubljana 2008
You are invited to join the REBECEE Architectural Exhibition on low energy and passive building designs. The exhibition will take place at the Glass Pavillion of the City Hall. There will be 16 project presented, 4 realisations and planned investments by the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana and several commercial projects. Some realised projects will be open for public visits. Introduction to the exhibition, by the Director of the Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana.
For more information and an introduction by Jožka Hegler, Director of the Public Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana, please see www.rebecee.si.

20.5.2008
Tenth REBECEE-Newsletter online
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

24.4.2008 - Kiel/Germany
Opening of Sports hall Schilksee
On 24 April 2008 sports hall Schilksee, that was newly built as energy saving and environment friendly, was festively opened by Stadtpräsident (Chief Municipal Director) of the federal state capital Kiel, Herrn Tschorn, the headmistress of local primary school, as well as the chairman of the local sport club TSV Schilksee e.V.. More than 100 children from the primary school and the sport club helped to turn the opening into a special event with their various presentations.

The sports hall Schilksee is a 22 times 44 metre large two-field sports hall. It has got internal steel bearing structure with trussed beam with grid of 6,50 m . The facade was implemented with its wall construction with metal external cover. The long side looking to the north is glazed to a large extend in order to provide for optimal exposure to daylight. In the south side of the building the wing with change rooms and sanitary facilities is located. It is distinguished from the hall itself by a different colour. This brickwork wing is provided with thermal insulation composite system. The hall obtained double sprung floor and it can be divided into two equal halls by a separating curtain. Various sport equipment is installed in the hall in order to provide expensive sport programme.

The sports hall was built according to KfW 40 energy standard. The possibility for the sports hall to become an InBA project is to be thanked to Stadtwerke (public services) Kiel AG, that took over heat supply with wood pellet heating system and partially sponsored it. This heating system is used for supply of thermal heat and domestic hot water. After measurements of hot water consumption during first years of operation the usage of the solar heating system shall be considered.
Ventilation system suitable for a passive house with waste heat recovery provides for humidity removal in adjoining rooms, good air quality in the hall and leads to thermal heat economy of over 80% through heat recovery.

22.4.2008 - Vrhnika/Slovenia
The Festival on Energy Efficiency and RES in Schools
Project REBECEE joined this year most promoted Slovenian event on the 22 April, the Earth Day. The event took place in remarkable location of the Technical Museum Bistra near Vrhnika, which is situated 23 kilometres from Ljubljana to south. The event called The Festival on Energy Efficiency and RES in Schools was organised by the Eco schools association, Slovenian NGO E-Forum and REBECEE project.
The event started with energy trips: groups of pupils from 8 elementary and 7 high schools moved from one to another presentation event, such us: hybrid vehicle, water mill, electric bicycle, solar cooking and presentation on passive houses given by Bojko Jerman which presented aims and results of the REBECEE project in Slovenia and in other partner cities.

In parallel the workshop for school teachers took place.
All pupils had to fill in the questionnaire on all presented subjects and these tests were marked by the technical staff of the event.
After lunch all participants were awarded for successful participation and results of the technical questionnaire were announced.
The message of the event was: every day should be the Earths Day. The event was well media covered.

18.-20.4.2008 - Alingsås/Sweden
EnBo 08 – A big success
During the weekend of April 18-20 REBECEE took part in the yearly Building Expo in Alingsås. A total of 200 square metres were devoted to REBECEE and its partners. This part of the Expo was called EnBo 08 (Energy and Building). One of the objectives of the fair was to market EnBo 09, the big exhibition and REBECEE final in 2009. Thousands of people visited EnBo and enjoyed one of the first spring days in Sweden.

The Expo was opened by a representative from the Swedish government, Mr Dan Eriksson. He was also one of the speakers at a conference on Friday. The theme for the conference was “Building in the future” and energy efficiency was one of the issues that was debated.
Together with the REBECEE stand was also the recently established Passive House Centre. This was an excellent opportunity for them to market the centre and broaden their network. The municipal housing company Alingsåshem presented their unique renovation project at Brogården and the new passive houses that are being built in Stadsskogen. The municipal company FABS showed the passive house preschool in Stadsskogen which is just finished.
The municipal energy company presented their investments in wind power and district heating produced from renewable energy. Another popular part of the exhibition was the energy guidance provided by the expert of the local administration.

A new REBECEE partner is Glantz Arkitektbyrå, a local architect firm. Glantz is building passive house villas in Stadsskogen. Several families showed interest in these villas during the Expo. Glantz has just finished another passive house in Lerum, a neighbour town to Alingsås.
In the other stands Alingsås partner companies showed energy efficient products like windows, insulation and heat exchangers. The companies that joined the exhibition were Sjömarkens Isolering, Gustavsberg/Vårgårda, Airzone, Combex, Indovent, Foamglas and Maxel.

16.4.2008 - Portorož/Slovenia
Workshop for Energy Managers
The representatives of the REBECEE project joined high ranking yearly event called The Workshop for Energy Managers. It was organised by the Institute Jozef Stefan and newspaper Finance. Among 312 participants, there were all most important representatives from this field including two ministers and managers of most important energy companies. Within the event one company from Slovenia receive the yearly grant for Slovenian Best Energy Efficient Company.

In the session on Energy in Buildings, Bojko Jerman presented the technical updates in this field and information on project REBECEE as a good example of replication and promotion model for developments in building sector. The session was well attended and interesting debate took place after presentations.
The workshop took place in the most prominent hotel and Convention Centre Bernardin in Portorož, the biggest tourist city at Slovenian coast.

15.4.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Workshop on passive buildings
The event took place in old medieval building in the old town of Ljubljana at Trubarjeva Street 50 where all NGOs from Ljubljana region that deal with EE and RES, are situated together. Their stay there is sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

The workshop was organised on two occasions: release of new book on passive buildings, written by professor Martina Zbašnik Senegacnik and release of information from the Minister for Environment and Physical Planning on very good incentives for investors in low energy and passive buildings (from 20.000 to 30.000 EUR per building dependent on environmental quality standard and floor area) that will be available very soon from the Eco Fund.
First Ms Martina presented her new book and announced that the Faculty for Architecture intends to organise an association of passive house producers in order to maintain good information to investors and in the same time to have quality control over the products and services that are offered on the market.
The two representatives from the Building Institute ZRMK presented technical updates and some new projects under constructions, while the representative from building company presented some basic information in practical realisation of passive houses. Mr Bojko Jerman presented results of the REBECEE project and invited audience to visit the architectural exhibition that will take place in Ljubljana from 2nd to 23 June 2008. The workshop was well attended by 24 persons, many of them have intention to build a passive house.

10.04.2008
Ninth REBECEE-Newsletter online
Newest REBECEE-Newsletter is available at the Download-section.

3.4.2008 - Gornja Radgona/Slovenia
The Building Fair MEGRA
The biggest and only national fair on building industry is taking place in Gornja Radgona on annual basis. All industry from building and other development sectors is present on that occasion. This year topic of the exhibition and workshop was: Energy Efficient, Intelligent and User Friendly Buildings and Settlements.

This topic workshop started with presentations on new legislation and offers of the Eco Fund. Then Ms Tonka Grgic presented good practice examples derived from the REBECEE project in Slovenia and in other partner cities. The workshop proceeded with presentation on design and practical experience on intelligent systems for buildings.
The audience has been informed on conditions to visit REBECEE partner cities and their events, as well as invited to Ljubljana exhibition this June. The workshop ended with discussion and exhibition visit.

2.-5.4.2008 - Tallinn/Estonia
REBECEE at EstBuild 2008
Est Built was taking place from 2th of April till 5th of April in fair centre of Estonian Fairs, which has become a polyfunctional cultural/information/counselling centre, which hosts internationally renowned exhibitions, fairs, conferences, forums, cultural/amusements/sports events.
Est Built was taking place already in 12th time and more than 300 companies were taking part this year.

REBECEE took part to introduce renewable energy heating/cooling applications and energy efficiency solutions for buildings to give people more information about possibilities in Estonia.
In fair were represented REBECEE partners Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Heat pumps association, Passive House and Yoga Intelligent.

27.3.2008 - Riga/Latvia
Information seminar for EU Intelligent Energy program
In 27th March of 2008 in Riga have organized information seminar for EU Intelligent energy program. During the seminar was presented this program priorities, main condition and nuance of the application. According the fact that this program is moved to energy efficiency, representative from Ministry of economics have presented Latvia of energy efficiency plan and Low of energy efficiency which was approved in 13 th March of 2008.

In the frames of the seminar was presented Project REBECEE. Project coordinator Iveta Pukite told about partner who takes part in this Project, for main activities and planned result which will achieve to Project end.
Participants was interested in this information, especially when was presented already concrete best practise how it is in Ljubljana, where are build houses with low energy consumption.
For Latvian participants was interesting also got to know about Housing agency and Latvian chamber and crafts collaboration. In the end of seminar participants was introduced with draft agenda to Baltic tour seminar in Riga and all whom have interest about it was appeal to this seminar.

27.3.2008 - Celje/Slovenia
Workshop for planners and municipal employees
The workshop for municipal employees and their partners from design and development companies took place in a new attractive Regional Development Agency Building.

The programme started with presentation of REBECEE activities in Slovenia and other partner cities. Ms Tonka Grgic presented detailed overview of realised and proposed low energy and passive investments carried out by The Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She also mentioned the exhibition programme to take part in June 2008 and 2009.
Two technical experts from the Building Institute presented approach to realisation of refurbishment of a kindergarten in Gornja Radgona. It is now in development phase and will be a good example of “factor 10” refurbishment potential. The two buildings will be refurbished in full passive technique and the energy consumption is expected to drop from 150 to 15 kWh/m2y. The investment is supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism with 60% of their financial support.
Then local presenters presented new solar energy devices. Mr Felicijan presented original façade solar air heater that heats the office spaces during the winter time and in summertime the energy is used for preheating tap water for offices needs.
Mr Miha Tomsic presented optimal microclimatic conditions in occupied buildings and several examples of bad practice building realisations where the Building Institute was asked for investigation and sanitation measures. Most problems occur due to not proper building ventilation design.
Mr Bojko Jerman presented an update of ventilation elements and system designs with several design and realisation examples.
After technical discussion, all 25 workshop attendees went to a small excursion to nearby building where the façade solar air collectors are installed and set in operation.

26.3.2008 - Ljubljana/Slovenia
Workshop for planners and municipal employees
The workshop for municipal employees who are appointed for investment activities and their subcontractors from design and development companies took place in a City Hall.

The programme started with presentation of REBECEE activities in Slovenia and other partner cities. Ms Tonka Grgic presented detailed overview of realised and planned low energy and passive investments carried out by The Housing Fund of the Municipality of Ljubljana. She also mentioned the exhibition programme that will take part in June 2008 and 2009 in Ljubljana and nearby locations.
Mr Miha Tomsic presented optimal microclimatic conditions in occupied buildings and several examples of bad practice building realisations in which cases the Building Institute is asked for investigation and sanitation measures. Most problems occur due to not proper design of the building ventilation systems.
Then Mr Mehle presented the legislation on ventilation in buildings and he pointed out the major difference among the legislation requirements and practice.
The two representatives from electrical distribution company Elektro Ljubljana made technical presentation on new measurement techniques and on consumption management possibilities for big and small electric energy consumers.
Two technical experts from the Building Institute presented approach to realisation of refurbishment of a kindergarten in Gornja Radgona. It is currently in development phase and will be a good example of “factor 10” refurbishment potential. The two kindergarten buildings will be refurbished in full passive technique and the energy consumption is expected to drop from 150 to 15 kWh/m2y. The investment is supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism with 60% of their financial support.
At the end Mr Bojko Jerman presented an update of ventilation elements and system designs with several design and realisation examples.
Most of the 25 attendees took part in a final discussion.

11.-14.3.2008 - Vilnius/Lithuania - Cannes/France
Development of the Project „ International Housing Expo 2011 – PARK OF ARCHITECTURE“
On March 11-14 Vilnius together with other Lithuanian cities has participated in the International Real estate exhibition MIPIM, Cannes - France.
During the Exhibition Vilnius City municipality presented the future project “PARK OF ARCHITECTURE” for the potential investors.
Vilnius Technical University, Department of Heating and Ventilation will be a partner of the project. On the basis of the National Science program “Sustainable Energy” University will participate with the project “Effective systems of the microclimate”. Objectives: to reduce the quantity of the energy, used in the building while combining engineering systems in the most effective way.
Projects leaders are planning to visit Hamburg and Kiel to see exhibition buildings and to get experience from REBECEE partners.
The main target – to find out how energy-saving and resource-conserving concepts can be planned and realized in urban areas.

5.3.2008 - Tallinn/Estonia
Workshop “Renewable energy and energy savings in housing” in Tallinn
The workshop “Renewable energy and energy savings in housing” on 5th of March in Tallinn was addressed to all representatives of Cooperative Housing who has interest to get information about renewable energy and energy savings. More than 100 people were taking part.

Event was taking place in Hotel Olympia Omega conference centre from 10 am till 6 pm.
In workshop were discussed renewable energy possibilities and enlarged proportions in solar-power- possibilities in heating and providing hot water, energy saving problems in apartment buildings, financial support for energy saving technology, energy audit and energy marker.
The opening word was from vice mayor of Tallinn Eha Võrk and REBECEE introduction from Priit Pärtelpoeg, Tallinn Municipal Housing Board vice head.
Lectors were Tallinn University of Technology professors, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, KredEx (The Credit and Export Guarantee Fund) specialists, representatives of Cooperative Housing Association and impartial specialists.
Workshop was very successful and we are already planning to organize the next one for engineers and architects.

23.2.2008 - Kiel/Germany
Kiel Climate Day in the City Hall of Kiel
Conference and Fair for energy conscious construction, dwelling and living
Federal state capital Kiel devoted the 23rd of February 2008 to the climate and announced it „Kiel Climate Day“. On that day the City Hall of Kiel was open for everyone from 10 to 17 and over 1200 people used the possibility to listen to various lectures by scientists, experts, professionals and politicians and to discuss the climate.

After the scientific lectures the inevitable question arose – what Kiel wants to do in order to reduce the emissions, which are harmful to the climate, and what the municipal climate policy is focused on. „Federal state capital Kiel would like to create a sustainable triad in urban development: build – save money – protect the environment!”, said Peter Todeskino, the mayor of the federal state capital Kiel.
Within the framework of the Innovative Building Exhibition (InBA)® Kiel 2008, which is the major project of federal state capital Kiel for the year 2008, all the possibilities of the energetically optimised construction for existing and new buildings were presented. Overview of the participating projects and foretaste of the unique exhibition 2008 in Kiel were presented on the Kiel Climate Day.
In the afternoon future municipal energy supply in Kiel was discussed. After the introductory report with the title “Our climate friendly energy supply in the future is definitely financially feasible?!” the major Todeskino, the spokesman of Stadtwerke Kiel AG (public services Kiel) and other experts debated about new ideas for the sustainable energy supply.

At over 60 fair stands projects, ideas, initiatives, services or projects, which are energy saving, CO2 reducing or resources preserving, were presented on that day under the motto “energy conscious construction, dwelling and living”.
In two dialogue rooms people could debate with experts about various topics and ask personal questions. In particular, topics like passive house, energy-on-site-counselling, mould, solar technology and wood pellets, refurbishment, eco-power, alternative energy concepts, burgher solar units.
Mini-phenomenta, suitable for children exhibition with about 50 interactive experiments, was created for young public.

19.2.2008 - Kiel/Germany
“Climate Change - What school can do”

10.02.2008
Final session of Local Intelligent Energy Forum in Sofia
The final session of Local Intelligent Energy Forum (as a part of BELIEF project) for the district of Zona B5 was held on the 27th of November 2007.
An action plan was approved for the implementation of 7 projects for improvement of living conditions of the public buildings involved, use of geothermal and solar energy, improvement of the green system, and construction of a center for energy management initially for the public buildings in the district and later for all municipally owned buildings in Sofia (approx. 400). The center will fulfill also functions for promotion and dissemination of new energy efficient technologies and RES. The design was made by students from the University on Architecture, Construction and Geodesy on a competition base for the forum.

Beside the Zona B5 project, two other already realized projects are chosen to demonstrate ready solutions:
the new office and storage building of REHAO Bulgaria (with modern
construction, insulation, heat pump) and
results from a project of for refurbishment of a block of flats - in the
district of Izgrev – Sofia (financed by UNDP and Bulgarian Ministry for
Regional Development).

In the future a workshop on REBECEE aims will be organised in cooperation with the Union of Architects in Bulgaria, Universities, other unions and private companies and a an exchange visit in one of the REBECEE partner cities Ljubljana ist planned.

10.02.2008
Eighth REBECEE-Newsletter online
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31.01.2008
Alingsås chosen to participate in "Sustainable Community"
Sustainable Community is a project run by the Swedish Energy Agency. 63 swedish municipalities are participating in this three year long project.  The project aims to strengthen the local and regional work towards a sustainable development, primary in the energy field. Diminishing climate impact is an overall objective. With Alingsås investing in energy efficiency and passive houses, the participation in Sustainable Community is a natural step to take. The project will support the local efforts and help Alingsås in realizing environmental objectives.
The Swedish Energy Agency will support the local work with knowledge, expertise and research. Alingsås is looking forward to cooperating with the agency and with other swedish municipalities striving for energy efficiency.

22.01.2008
Al Gore recieves prize in Göteborg
Passive House Centre Alingsås was one the organisers behind a seminar on January 22 in Göteborg. The seminar was organised in connection with the gala where Mr. Al Gore received the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development. The Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development is an international prize that pays tribute to advances in sustainable development. It was awarded the first time in the autumn of 2000. The 2007 prize was awarded to Mr. Al Gore who more than any other person has led mankind to a deeper understanding of our serious situation – and what politicians, business leaders and all of us can and must do. 

The seminar on the 22nd of January focused on four aspects of building passive houses: comfort, health, energy and economy.
In connection to the Climate Gala Dr Wolfgang Feist from Passivhusinstitut Darmstadt in Germany visited Sweden. On January 21 he spoke to the public in Alingsås about passive house technique and the development in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where there are over 10 000 appartments built as passive houses. The visit from Dr Feist is a step in strengthening the network between Darmstadt and the Passive House Centre in Alingsås.
Dr Feist started the Passivhusinsitut in Darmstadt in 1996. In 2003 he shared the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development together with Hans Eek, passive house expert in Alingsås. This year the two pioneers congratulated Mr Al Gore at the ceremony in Göteborg.

17.01.2008
Park of Architecture in Vilnius
Vilnius city Municipality, Department of urban planning has initiated the idea to start the project "PARK OF ARCHITECTURE IN VILNIUS".
The project got some ideas from INTERBAU exposition in Berlin (1957), IBA Hamburg and REBECEE.
In 2012 exposition of dwelling houses in the central part of Vilnius should be open. Unique architecture plays the most important role. Great attention will be drawn into the innovative and energy efficient construction of new buildings.
The project idea was presented to the Minister of Environment and was positively evaluated.

15.01.2008
New project in Vilnius with Baltic Environmental Forum Group
Vilnius city municipality, Department of urban planning started cooperation with Baltic Environmental Forum Group, which carries out the project "Developing concepts for innovative and energy efficient construction of new buildings" (Oct 07 – Mar 09).
The project is intended to mark the initial point of a larger programme of measures of the Baltic Environmental Forum Group for fostering the development of energy saving construction of new buildings in the Baltic States. The overall objective of this project is to lay the basis for integrated planning in the region. The necessary prior actions to achieve this target shall themselves in detail aim at the following five goals:
Fostering successful best-practice adaptation concepts: To foster a successful adaptation concept for best-practice of energy efficient buildings/houses in the Baltic States from Germany and Western Europe
Understanding the knowledge gaps of construction-related stakeholders: To understand the real knowledge gaps among construction experts (architects, engineers, craftsmen, and other related stakeholders and developing an appropriate training concept to fill these gaps
Development of a strategy to guide consumer patterns: The development of a strategy which shall tap into the slowly changing consumer behaviour, raising their awareness and understanding for saving energy
Strengthening local capacities: The capacities of local experts among the BEF network with regard to the previously mentioned topics shall be raised to broaden and deepen foundation for sustainable knowledge sources in the region.
Ensuring uninterrupted sustainability by planning further steps to for implementation of the results.

15.01.2008
Seventh REBECEE-Newsletter online
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