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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Luxembourg 2017
In Luxembourg the first public plus-energy-building produces more energy than it can use. It should be an example for sustainable resources and an innovation for new constructions.
In Luxembourg, 50% of buildings were built before 1970 and 18% after the year 2000. Therefore, renovation and innovation of the older buildings is necessary. Many companies use chemical wood preserver and heavy metal powder coating for windows. Older constructions are not energy efficient. This also contributes to climate change.
The aim is to renovate 3% of existing public buildings annually. Creating a plus-energy-building is the first step for future constructions. The first plus-energy-building produces more energy than it uses. They made a wooden construction without chemical wood preservers. The shape, direction and facade were optimized. The nearby river is used for the heat and cooling of the building.
The government promotes innovative and sustainable concepts for residential and industrial districts. This project aims to reuse material and lower the resource consumption (energy, water, space). The first plus-energy-building combines all important aspects. Photovoltaic units offer energy supply and rainwater is used where applicable.
Many old buildings need to be renovated in Europe as they are not energy efficient. This project provides knowledge and ideas for new sustainable constructions. Saving energy and the use of natural resources contributes to a positive impact on climate change. Congratulations on your initiative!