Technologies

NZEB Technologies

 

 

nZEB technology guideline is online

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Different technologies are necessary to achieve the energy standard of nZEBs.​​ They can be summarised in three​​ main categories​​ (i)​​ Passive Energy Efficiency solutions, (ii)​​ Active Energy Efficiency solutions​​ and (iii)​​ Renewable​​ Energies. All approaches/ technologies are needed in order to realise nZEBs. And all of them play a major role in the CRAVEzero frontrunner buildings!

An excellent thermal insulation​​ and air-tightness of the building are of major importance, which can be seen in the rather low U-values of the building envelope elements in the case study buildings (opaque elements​​ between​​ 0.07 and 0.25​​ W/(m²K), windows mainly between 0.7 and 1.2 W/(m²K)).​​ In addition to adequate insulation, shading, usable thermal mass, natural ventilation and passive cooling possibilities are essential to minimise the energy demand of the buildings.

For the supply of the remaining energy demand for heating and cooling, highly efficient technologies using – if applicable – renewable energies should be installed. In the case study buildings, mainly heat pumps and district heating with low specific emissions are used – in several cases in combination with solar thermal. Boilers only play a minor role (see figure below). In addition and for the integration of renewable energies, in most buildings thermal storages are installed.

Concerning renewable energies, solar technologies and specifically PV are the dominant technologies used in the CRAVEzero frontrunner buildings (see figure below). Both​​ PV and solar thermal​​ are well developed and relatively easy to install on or at buildings.​​ They do and will play a major role in nZEBs as these buildings are only possible with the use of onsite renewable technologies.

A detailed description of the technologies installed in the CRAVEzero case study buildings can be found in the recently published Guideline II: nZEB Technologies available here.


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NZEB Construction Market

The building sector in Europe is responsible for approximately 40% of the total energy consumption. The percentage accounted for residential buildings amounts at 27% of the total. Hence, this sector has a key role in the path towards the enhancement of energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse emissions at EU level. The EPBD, together with the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive, established a set of measures with the aim to provide in Europe the conditions for significant and long-term improvements in the energy performance of the construction market.

The EPBD established that, starting from 2021 (2019 for public buildings), all new buildings must be nZEB. On average, the volume of housing development across Europe amounts 2.8 completed apartments per 1000 citizens (Figure 1). The number of households, at European level, is expected to increase by more than 15% by 2050 compared to the number measured in 2013.

Figure 1: Number of completed dwellings per 1000 citizens (Deloitte, 2017).

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Technologies

A collection of materials and information, to the definition of effective low-cost technology solution sets for new NZEBs and to support the exploitation of renewables available on site.

D4.1: GuidelineII: nZEB technologies

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