National Energy Globe Award Belgium (overall winner)

Submitted by: EREC/GRECT
Implemented country: Belgium
Title: Renewable Energy House – New4old Integration of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in a 120-year-old building, which has been designated a historical landmark in the heart of Brussels

The Renewable Energy House is a unique 2000 m2 living showcase for integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into a 120-year-old historical landmark building in the heart of Brussels. 100% of the heating and cooling come from renewable energy sources (80 kW wood pellet heating system, four 115m deep geothermal boreholes, 60m² solar thermal collectors and a solar cooling system) as well as featuring different PV technologies producing a part of the electricity required. The different energy efficiency & renewable energy measures implemented during the 7-month renovation process on the building have helped to reduce the annual energy costs by 50-70%. The project is also particularly relevant in view of the enormous potential for the integration of these technologies in Europe’s large building stock, which accounts for more than 40% of the final energy consumption of the European Union. If it is possible to integrate these sustainable energy technologies in historic, older buildings, it is even more feasible in new construction. More than 15 TV stations were present at the inauguration ceremony and reported on this flagship project around the world. In the first 6 months of operation the Renewable Energy House has attracted more than 3000 visitors, ranging from high-level political decision makers from international, European, national, regional and local levels, to architects and planners, building service engineers as well as the general public

Category: Earth