GPEE Events

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

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. The international audience covered representatives from academia but also from private companies and included guests from Poland, Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK.

Astrid Schneider / AIT during her presentation

During the seminar, Astrid Schneider from AIT Austrian Institute of Technology gave a keynote speech about how solar buildings contribute to sustainability in the building sector. After an introduction and general overview of the topic she especially highlighted several good practice examples of sustainable solar energy buildings.

Colleagues from the GPEE project partners Envidatec GmbH (DE) and Lodz University of Technology (PL) presented research results and best practices on open source energy monitoring as well as on energy efficient façade systems including usage of phase change material in insulation and photovoltaic elements on façade cover.

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

GPEE Final Conference programme

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Review: 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development

4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable DevelopmentThe 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.

The exhibition area could be visited between the sessions and allowed the participants to get to know each other in person, acquire new contacts for collaboration and learn about further stakeholders in ESD.

A special highlight was the European premiere of the theater play INHERITANCE – DAS ERBE at the official opening on wednesday evening, 9 September. 70 people were stunned by the expressive performance and music the young artists from South Africa staged that evening. After the play the artists answered questions of the audience. Many thanks to M.U.K.A. Project for this extraordinary experience!

The Fair was organized by the Research and Transfer Center “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences with support of the GPEE project and under the auspices of the RCE Hamburg and Region. The RCE Hamburg and Region is part of a global network of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) coordinated by the United Nations University.

Presentations of the Fair are available for download: http://gpee.net/en/download/viewcategory/20-4th-european-fair-on-education-for-sustainable-development.html

 

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BUP Summer Course 2015: Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions

Baltic University Programme (BUP)

Welcome to the Baltic University Program, BUP Summer Course 2015!
The Summer Course is part of the Baltic University Programme, an initiative of the German offices of the BUP in Hamburg and the Zittau in Germany. Organized in cooperation with the BMBF Project, “German-Polish Energy Efficiency Project” (GPEE), the summer course is meant to acquaint delegates from various countries on matters related to sustainable development in Baltic cities and regions, as well as foster international and multicultural learning. The course will offer a state-of-the-art overview of matters related to energy and water resource efficiency, and education for sustainable development. The BUP summer course will be a timely contribution towards efforts in the internationalization, networking, and cultural interaction among local government officials, practitioners and students from Baltic countries.

>> Registration for the BUP Summer Course is closed <<
Participants could register here until May 30, 2015.

Read more: BUP Summer Course 2015: Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions

2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar: "Energy efficiency, façade technology and the environmental footprint"

23rd February 2015, Location: 25hours Hotel, HafenCity Hamburg

2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarEnergy 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.

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.

Prof. Dr Rainer Sawatzki, Vice Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, HAW Hamburg welcomed the participantsProf. Dr Rainer Sawatzki, Vice Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, HAW Hamburg welcomed the participantsOn 23rd February 2015, HAW Hamburg - with contribution of the total GPEE partner consortium – hosted the 2nd GPEE Specialist Seminar “Energy efficiency, façade technology and the environmental footprint” 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.

During the seminar, Prof. Dr. Klaus Rückert from TU Berlin gave a keynote speech about potentials and challenges of energy efficient buildings in frame of sustainable urban development in Europe. Colleagues from GPEE project partner Lodz University of Technology presented research results on energy efficient façade systems including usage of photovoltaic elements. One presentation especially pointed to Life Cycle Assessment in this regard.

Audience at the 2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarAudience at the 2nd GPEE Specialist SeminarFurthermore, speakers from Hamburg, Helsinki and Tallinn presented aspects such as dynamic control of ventilation in energy efficient façade systems, costs-benefit analysis of energy efficient measures in buildings and special experiences from Estonia with regard to relevant daylight regulations.

The seminar was followed by a guided tour throughout the HafenCity Hamburg in order to gather good practice examples for energy efficient façade design.

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

Seminar in Lodz "Improving energy efficiency up to 2020"

Improving energy efficiency up to 2020 - Seminar in LodzOn 15 april 2014 35 participants attended the seminar 'Improving energy efficiency up to 2020' at the Technical University of Lodz.

Eight polish companies of the building sector were invited to present specific problems in order to be solved with the help of academic research. Each company had the chance to present its special case to the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental and Process Engineering Prof. Ireneusz Zbiciński and the team of PhD-Students around Dr. Dariusz Heim.

As example for a successful research project Dr. Dariusz Heim (Technical University of Lodz), Dipl.-Ing. Nils Heinrich (Envidatec GmbH), Prof. Dr. Walter Leal (HAW Hamburg) and Dipl.-Ing. Dariusz Czarny (Sto-ispo sp. z o.o.) presented the current status of the GPEE project to the companies. In order to give an outlook on further possibilities for cooperation Prof. Leal introduced a Call of the programme Horizon 2020 about ICT innovations.

The third part of the seminar was the most important one for the Faculty of Environmental and Process Engineering of the Technical University of Lodz. Representatives of the City of Lodz, the Vice President of the Technical University of Lodz and representatives of Krakow City and Lesser Poland Center for Energy Efficiency at the Krakow University of Technology were invited to discuss the implementation of a research center for energy efficiency in Lodz. The so-called "Lodz Center for Energy Efficiency (LCEE)" will be a possibility for cooperation between science and industry. The idea gained positive response from the auditorium and thus, the first step towards the LCEE was made.

In summary, the seminar was rich in information exchange and at the same time successful for the aspired implementation of the new research center in Lodz.

GPEE Specialist Seminar: „New Trends in Energy Efficient Facade Technology"

GPEE-Specialist-Seminar-2Prof. Dr. W. LealOn 12 February 2014 the GPEE Specialist Seminar about „New Trends in Energy Efficient Facade Technology" took place at the Ausbildungszentrum-Bau in Hamburg GmbH. Speakers from Poland and Germany presented their current results from the research project GPEE.
Nils Heinrich (Envidatec GmbH) started the discussion with an evaluation of energy efficiency in buildings. He pointed out that round about 30 % of the primary energy consumption is needed by the residential sector. Therefore energy efficiency in buildings is a significant contribution to save resources. Subsequently Dr. Dariusz Heim (Lodz University of Technology) gave an outline of innovative building components for zero-emission buildings and Adrian Sienicki (Lodz University of Technology), described the impact of building management systems on energy efficiency of buildings. Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Peter-M. Friemert (ZEBAU GmbH) followed with the presentation of a status report of the German market situation for thermal insulation materials explaining the prejudice of fire risks supposed to be caused by insulation materials.
Audience at the GPEE-Specialist SeminarAudience at the GPEE-Specialist SeminarFinally, Dr. Aleksander Panek (Warsaw University of Technology) gave an overview about activities focused on increasing energy efficiency in Poland. The coordinator of the German-Polish Energy Efficiency project (GPEE), Prof. Dr. Walter Leal, pointed out, that "specifically the development of innovative facade technology makes a significant contribution to the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings and therewith also to climate protection in cities".

Around 50 participants from universities and companies attended the seminar. During coffee-break and lunch the participants had the possibility to get in direct contact with the experts.

Guided Excursion International Building Exhibition IBA HamburgGuided Excursion International Building Exhibition
IBA Hamburg
The seminar was followed by an excursion to selected projects of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg. The guided tour started at the IBA dock, the floating head quarter of the exhibition. From the top of the Energy bunker in Wilhelmsburg the participants had a wonderful view over Hamburg. The former war building is nowadays used as energy plant to supply the surrounding districts with ecologically generated heat. The smart material houses located in Wilhelmsburg were the highlight of the excursion. The so-called "Woodcube" is made almost entirely out of wood material with a heat demand of 18 kWh/m² only (the average heat demand for modern houses is about 140 kWh/m²).

BIQ at IBA HamburgBIQ at IBA HamburgThe most famous building of the smart material houses is the BIQ-building - an example for energy producing façades. Flat bioreactors - integrated into the façade of the building - are filled with algae which produce biomass for the heat and electricity supply of the building. Additionally the bioreactor-façade provides shade and is an insulation for heat, cold and surrounding noise.
The tour finished with the last warming sun rays in the surrounding of innovative, energy efficient and ecological residential buildings.

The presentations are available for download here.

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