Background

Energy efficiency and the development of innovative approaches towards renewable energy are high on top of Europe┬┤s scientific, economic and political agenda. In particular, energy efficiency means that energy losses seen in old and very old buildings, which make up the overwhelming majority of objects today, can be reduced, hence decreasing the waste of energy and the damage to the climate via unnecessary CO2 emissions.

The concept of energy efficiency has been gaining substantial importance and visibility in recent times. The constraint, seen in the supplies of fossil fuels makes energy efficiency strategies all the more important. Indeed, conservation of energy is the main prerequisite for energy efficiency, whose concept has been refined and formally adopted by the world community, especially since it is one of the tools via which a country┬┤s commitment to the Kyoto agreement (and to various directives, resolutions, regulations and other normative acts) can be reached.

One of the major challenges to sustainable development in Germany, Poland and other countries of the European Union is how to promote energy efficiency, so as to allow those countries to meet their climate commitments and simultaneously maximise their economic potential of building. One of the means through which this challenge can be met is by fostering energy efficiency in buildings on the one hand, but also by the development of innovative approaches to facade technology on the other, both helping to reach the goal of "zero emission" buildings.

Following the requirement of Directive 2006/32/EC, the Government of Poland prepared the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) aiming to achieve the indicative target of 9% energy savings in 2016 (4.5 Mtoe) and an intermediate target of 2% in 2010. German Government is actively pursuing the EU goal of reducing energy use by 20% by the year 2020. In both countries, considerable attention is being paid to the use of energy efficiency in buildings, by using innovative approaches and methods which combine architectural and engineering design, with principles of sustainable development.

The collaboration outlined on this project is urgently needed, since it allows both countries to deal with a common problem and helps them to meet their commitments towards the EU, which envisage a 20% reduction in energy consumption by the year 2020.

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