Modelling and validating of utility and architectural value
Denmark aims for a CO2 neutral society by 2050. This ambitious goal cannot be obtained without a drastically reduced energy use for construction and operations of buildings. Buildings are responsible for 40-50% of the total European energy consumption today and it has been found that the greatest energy saving potential lies in the renovation of the existing building mass.
Cost-efficient energy reduction
It is the declared goal of Innovation Fund Denmark’s societal partnership on Energy-efficient building renovations that a sustainable and cost-efficient energy reduction of 50% is demonstrated in this project. This calls for the identification and quantification of added value to energy renovation that can justify more extensive energy saving measures.
The largest potential for energy savings lies in the re-insulation of the building envelope. The transformation towards a more energy-efficient building mass will thus dramatically affect the built environment. Hence, the question of articulating the architectural consequences and derived potentials of this transformation are an urgent matter if the energy savings are not to be realized by a uniform technical cladding which devaluates the building.
Vision of REVALUE
There is great potential for reducing energy consumption in existing buildings. Exploiting this potential is possibile when choosing cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions every time the buildings are renovated. That does not mean compromising on the quality and architectural values that make the buildings special. On the contrary: energy renovation should be a means of improving and developing buildings to meet the needs and challenges of the future and of making home-owners and tenants less vulnerable to rising energy costs in the future.
Develco Products in REVALUE
Contribution to the project is based on Develco Products' experience and competence with developing energy management related systems including sensors, gateways and data representation.
A key objective in this project is to develop a new air quality sensor that is integrated in the overall energy management system.
As this project is based on developing a model of energy renovation and later validating the model through full-scale demonstration, data capture and data representation is an essential part of this project.