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GPEE project successfully terminated - 40 participants attended GPEE final conference in Hamburg

Audience during final conferenceThe GPEE final conference “Development of an energy efficient façade: Current technologies and measurement installation” took place on 9th March 2016 in frame the “SBE 16 – International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment” at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Under the theme of “strategies, stakeholders, success factors” the SBE16 conference in Hamburg aimed to showcase new and innovative concepts of sustainability in the building sector and the suitable development of new and existing neighbourhoods. The GPEE final conference contributed by demonstrating the results of 3 years of scientific research towards energy efficient façade technology and measurement of energy efficient buildings.

Astrid Schneider / AIT during her presentationThe presentation slides of the event are available at: http://www.gpee.net/en/download/

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GPEE final conference “Development of an energy efficient façade: Current technologies and measurement installation”

SBE flyer 9th March 2016, HafenCity University Hamburg

As part of the “SBE 16 – International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment” which will take place from 8th to 11th March 2016 at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, the GPEE project will organize its final conference on the 9th March 2016.

Under the theme of “strategies, stakeholders, success factors” the SBE16 conference in Hamburg aims to showcase new and innovative concepts of sustainability in the building sector and the suitable development of new and existing neighbourhoods. SBE16 Hamburg expects to attract 300 to 400 scientists, planners, stake-holders, architects, engineers, and politicians from all over the world.
The GPEE final conference “Development of an energy efficient façade: Current technologies and measurement installation” will contribute to SBE16 by showcasing the results of 3 years of scientific research towards energy efficient façade technology and measurement of energy efficient buildings.

For a detailed programme of the final conference click here.

For more information about SBE16 and for registration please visit: www.sbe16hamburg.org

Release of 4th GPEE Newsletter

Newsletter 4/15The 4th GPEE Newsletter is available for download now.

In the final GPEE Newsletter the whole story of the developed façade is shown. From technical details to the final installed façades.

Read about the GPEE final conference and further publications!

Announcement: GPEE Project Reports now available for download

report “Technological Requirements in Energy Efficient Buildings”As a result of the GPEE project three reports were published and are now available for download.

The first report “Technological Requirements in Energy Efficient Buildings” aims to provide a current overview of the energy efficiency situation in buildings in Poland and Germany. It shows several best practice examples, modern technologies such as highly efficient façade components and energy efficiency increase through building automation systems. The report leads to recommendations and scenario forecasts, which particularly address planners and decision makers in both countries.

A Guidance on Energy Efficiency Evaluations in Commercial BuildingsThe second report concentrates on the question how to evaluate energy efficiency in buildings correctly. The result is “A Guidance on Energy Efficiency Evaluations in Commercial Buildings”. This report describes a detailed analysis of the evaluation methodology and shows possibilities for energy efficiency optimizations in detail.

Technology, Technical Solution and Construction of Optimized, External Wall SystemThe third report, which has the two main topics “Double Criterion Optimisation of Integrated Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Daylight Utilization” and “Technology, Technical Solution and Construction of Optimized, External Wall System” presents the construction and optimization of an energy efficient façade with all technical details. The whole implementation process from different design scenarios to the planning, construction and optimization of the façade system for zero emission buildings is presented in the report.


All three reports can be downloaded here.

Official opening ceremony of the GPEE experimental rooms in Lodz!

Photo 1: Anna Wieprzkowicz is giving an introduction to the experimental room features in Lodz, 19.10.2015Photo 1: Anna Wieprzkowicz is giving an introduction to the experimental room features in Lodz, 19.10.2015At the 19th October 2015 the opening ceremony of two experimental rooms equipped with new façade technology developed in frame of the GPEE project took place at the Lodz University of Technology. 20 University members as well as the GPEE project partners attended the event.

The newly developed experimental façades are completely installed and equipped with 96 sensors per facade. The colored wall of the experimental rooms (see photo 1) consists of removable façade elements to enable an exchange of the insulation material if required for research purposes. To monitor the energy performance of the façade in a comprehensive approach, 96 measurement sensors in each experimental façade and 8 sensors in each room are collecting data every 15 minutes from now onwards. To ensure a complete analysis of the data material, weather parameters are additionally measured at the outside of the facades. The measurement is done under real working conditions as in each room two working places have been arranged that are used by the GPEE project members of the Lodz University of Technology. By setting up the experimental facades and by measuring corresponding data a big step in research towards implementation of energy efficient façade technology has been realized.

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Review: 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development The 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) took place from 9 to 11 September 2015 at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Campus Life Sciences. It was one of the first major activities supporting the “Global Action Programme” developed by the United Nations, which specifically calls for more initiatives in the field of Education for Sustainable Development at the local level. Over 200 attendees and 60 speakers and exhibitors from 18 different countries of the diverse field of ESD participated at this event.

Presentations were given by delegates of the UNESCO, members of public administration, research institutes, universities, NGOs, citizens’ initiatives, non-profit associations and foundations. By such a big variety of speakers from different professional backgrounds a broad insight into various approaches and new ideas on ESD could be gained.

Read more: Review: 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

Video of the Seminar “Improving energy efficiency up to 2020” available on YouTube

The seminar on “Improving energy efficiency up to 2020”, which was held in Lodz last year had some important outcomes. The idea of an implementation of a research center for energy efficiency in Lodz was discussed and gained a positive response of the auditorium, which consisted of Representatives of the City of Lodz, the Vice President of the Technical University of Lodz and representatives of Krakow City. To get an insight in this seminar, a video of it is now available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9mCqwWFM88 (in Polish language only)

Release of 3rd GPEE Newsletter

3rd GPEE NewsletterThe 3rd GPEE Newsletter is available for download now.

Read about the progress of the research, our events and the new handbook on Energy Efficiency Evaluation.

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Registration is now open for the upcoming BUP Summer Course on: Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions

Baltic University Programme (BUP)Once again, the German offices of the Baltic University Programme (BUP) in Hamburg and Zittau, in close cooperation with the German-Polish Energy Efficient Project (GPEE), are organizing the annual BUP Summer Course to take place this September 8-12 at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), in Bergedorf-Hamburg.

The BUP Summer Course is meant to acquaint students and delegates from various countries about matters related to energy efficiency in the Baltic as well as foster international and multicultural learning. The course will offer a state-of-the-art overview of matters related to sustainable development, energy, and water resource efficiency; and it will be a timely contribution towards efforts in the internationalization, networking, and cultural interaction among local government officials, practitioners and students from Baltic countries and beyond.

For more information, please click here.

40 participants attended 2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar in Hamburg

Audience at the 2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarAudience at the 2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarHAW Hamburg – with contribution of the total GPEE partner consortium – hosted the 2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar "Energy efficiency, façade technology and the environmental footprint" on 23rd February 2015 at a conference venue directly located at the HafenCity Hamburg. The international audience covered representatives from universities but also from private companies and local authorities and included guests from Poland, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.

The presentation slides of the event are available at: http://www.gpee.net/en/download/

2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar 'Energy efficiency, facade technology and the environmental footprint'

23rd February 2015 / 25 hours Hotel / HafenCity Hamburg

2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarThe 2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar "Energy efficiency, façade technology and the environmental footprint" will present current research on highly developed façade technology and will point to aspects such as insulation, daylight utilization and ventilation. Prof. Dr. Klaus Rückert from Technical University Berlin will hold the keynote about potentials and challenges of energy efficient buildings.

Furthermore, cost-benefit analyses of energy efficient facades and the environmental footprint of energy efficient façade technology will be discussed. An excursion throughout the HafenCity Hamburg will showcase some best practice examples of energy efficiency in the building sector.

The seminar will be organized by the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). Please find more information about the seminar and the programme at: http://www.gpee.net/en/results/gpee-events.html and register until 16th February 2015.

The event is free of charge! Conference language is English.

GPEE participated at 1st „World Sustainable Building“ Conference

Magda Barcelona 28.10.2014From 28 to 30 October the "World Sustainable Building 2014" Conference took place in Barcelona. It has been the largest meeting on a global level on sustainable building where the most important international experts in this field have met for the first time. GPEE was represented by Magda Barecka presenting her research poster on "Life cycle assessment for zero emission facade construction". The world conference aimed to create a global action plan which answers the main social and environmental challenges that the building sector faces by achieving consensus between stakeholders, organizations and world renowned experts.

www.wsb14barcelona.org

More information about the research poster:
http://gpee.net/results/publications.html

GPEE Partnermeeting

GPEE PartnermeetingThe 4th GPEE partnermeeting took place in Poland at the premises of the Technical University of Lodz. During a two-day event the partners not only discussed the project progress but also visited the construction site of the new experimental rooms! The simulation phase of the project is finalized by now, the construction phase of the experimental and reference rooms will be finalized at the end of 2014 latest and the experimental phase can start in January 2015.

GPEE's first scientific paper available for download

Simulation Assistance and Data Analysis for the Performance Evaluation of BuildingsGPEE's first scientific paper – produced in collaboration between Envidatec GmbH and Lodz University of Technology and presented at the 8th International Conference "Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings" (IEECB'14) in Frankfurt am Main in April 2014 – is now available for download at http://gpee.net/en/results/publications.html

The paper explores the analysis of building energy performance by an ESP-r based simulation approach. It also describes the method of evaluating of the simulation results and its demonstration in frame of a case study.

International Students participated in a Summer Course on Energy Efficiency in Görlitz (GER)

BUP GroupFostering energy efficiency is a key parameter, if ambitious international climate protection goals are to be achieved. A variety of topics, from national and international energy policies, energy-saving solutions for buildings and industrial processes, planning and governance as well as change management were considered during this summer course (Downloads). For example, Best Practice from GPEE Project was presented by Dr. Dariusz Heim (Lodz University of Technology, Poland). Academics from Germany, Austria, Belarus and the UK shared latest findings from research and real-life pilot projects. Students from 10 European and Asian countries (Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia und México) not only deepened their competencies from theoretical knowledge but with hand-on workshops on change management and sustainable energy programs in the different countries, which were presented during a "Science Slam" in an entertaining way. The summer course was completed with an excursion to one of the world's largest overburden conveyor bridge formerly used in brown coal open-pit mining and to the lignite driven power plant in Boxberg, which is one of the most-efficient power plants, though based on fossil resources.

Read more: International Students participated in a Summer Course on Energy Efficiency in Görlitz (GER)

Review: 2nd „World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities“

As from 03 – 05 September 2014 the 2nd „World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities" (WSSD-U-2014) took place in Manchester, U.K. more than 200 participants from 31 countries discussed the topic of sustainability at universities. Co-organizer Prof. Walter Leal from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, highlighted the positive impact of this international conference.

Read more: Review: 2nd „World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities“

2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)

2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)The "2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities" (WSSD-U-2014) will be organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), in cooperation with the United Nations University initiative "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development" (RCE) and GPEE project. The Symposium will be one of the last events to be held as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), which concludes in 2014.

The 1st World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities" (WSSD-U-2012) was held on 5-6 June 2012 - parallel to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as "Rio+20". Attended by 120 delegates from 26 countries, WSSD-U-2012 produced, among other things, the book „Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons", as Volume 34 of the series „Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability". This ground-breaking publication on the theory and practice of sustainable development, is one of the most comprehensive publications on sustainability at universities ever produced, focusing on both industrialized and developing nations. But if anything, WSSD-U-2012 demonstrated the need for a continuation of the dialogue among sustainability academics and practitioners, so as to address the issues, matters and problems at hand.

Read more: 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)

Review: Inspiring presentations at lecture event “Planning for energy efficient cities” – Smart city planning at its best

Almost 40 participants attended the lecture event „Planning for energy efficient cities" on 18 june 2014 at Wälderhaus Hamburg.

After a warm welcome of the head of the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" Prof. Walter Leal, Florian Strohmayer from the Technical University of Vienna presented the first results and insights from the FP7-project PLEEC "Planning for energy efficient cities" which is aiming to develop a model for energy efficient and sustainable city planning (www.pleecproject.eu)

A further relevant project in the context of energy efficiency is the "German-Polish energy efficiency project GPEE" which deals with the development of innovative façade technologies for zero-emission buildings. The current results of the project were presented by Nils Heinrich from the Envidatec GmbH, one of the project partners of GPEE (www.gpee.net)

Read more: Review: Inspiring presentations at lecture event “Planning for energy efficient cities” – Smart...

Registration open: BUP Summer Course on Energy Efficiency

BUP Programm 2014 The German offices of the Baltic University Programme (BUP) in Hamburg and Zittau/Görlitz are organizing in cooperation with GPEE project the annual BUP Summer Course. The event will take place from 16 to 20 September 2014 in the venues of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz, Görlitz Campus.

The Summer Course is meant to acquaint delegates from various countries about matters related to energy efficiency in the Baltic as well as foster international and multicultural learning. The course will offer a state-of-the-art overview of matters related to energy efficiency and will be a timely contribution towards efforts in the internationalization, networking and cultural interaction among local government officials, practitioners and students from Baltic countries.

Read more: Registration open: BUP Summer Course on Energy Efficiency

Lecture event “Planning for Energy Efficient Cities” in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week

Planning for Energy Efficient CitiesOn 18 june 2014 the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences organizes in cooperation with GPEE project the lecture event "Planning for Energy Efficient Cities – Best Practices from International Research Projects". Representatives of international research projects on energy efficiency will present current strategies to increase energy efficiency on building level as well as on city level.
The event takes place from 18 to 21 hrs at Wälderhaus Hamburg (Am Inselpark 19, 21109 Hamburg) and is free of charge. The event language is German.

Being organized in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 – a European Commission initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies and to share best practices (eusew.eu) – this event is a concrete contribution to the common European approach to increase awareness for sustainable energy and energy efficiency.

The programme of the event can be downloaded here:
[Download programme, German]

Please register online until 13 june 2014 at:
www.haw-hamburg.de/ftz-als/veranstaltungen

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