Project Description


The vision of the RetroKit project is to develop and demonstrate multifunctional, modular, low cost and easy to install prefabricated modules in order to significantly increase the EU retrofitting rate and contribute to EU energy reduction commitments.

Multi-family residential buildings that date between 1945 and 1980 represent more than half of the European building stock. These buildings have the largest energy demand since they consume between 65% and 80% of the total energy consumptions of EU buildings. Due to their age, most of them now require retrofitting or refurbishing intervention.

Retrofitting is often associated with social, technological, industrial and economic barriers. The RetroKit project addresses these problems in order to increase the EU retrofitting rate and contribute to EU energy reduction commitments.

 

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The Retrokit project aims are:

  • To develop and demonstrate multifunctional, modular, low cost and easy to install prefabricated modules at three full scale building pilots in different climate zones (Spain, Germany, Sweden)
  • To bring the aspect of multifunctional façade and roof elements into the retrofit sector
  • To develop special integrated solutions, which are dealing with the aspects of heating, ventilation, cooling, electricity and ICT in a flexible way. Specifically, this will be a window element accompanied with a technical box taking in HVAC systems as well as interfaces for building services (ducting, piping) installed on the existing façade.
  • To create a “RetroKit Toolbox” where external retrofitting concepts with an integration of internal renovation aspects and semi-prefabricated technological solutions will be clustered. The toolbox will be supported by a decision support system that provides data, transparency on payback, guidelines and design support.

RetroKit key factor is the window element accompanied with a technical box taking in HVAC systems as well as interfaces for building services (ducting, piping) installed on the existing façade.