EFFESUS Project Istanbul Meeting - CO2 Reduction in Historic Buildings
The A.Proctor Group Ltd attended the Seventh EFFESUS project meeting in Istanbul Turkey from the 16-17 September. Joining more than 35 representatives from the 23 project partners discussions were centred around developments and progress over the past nine months. The A.Proctor Group are contributing to this project with their innovative work in the field of aerogel insulation, and are leading one area which is developing Aerogel in form to be injected into the cavity behind the lath and plaster of the solid walls. The research is currently halfway through a 4 year programme and trials in Glasgow, Stuttgart and Eurac research institute are looking very promising.
The A.Proctor Group Ltd are pleased to be involved as a partner in the EFFESUS (Energy eFFiciency for Eu historic districts SUStainability) Project. We are leading fabrication experts, having several years experience with aerogel insulation (Spacetherm) materials in the construction industry. The mission of EFFESUS is to reduce the environmental impact of European historic urban districts by learning from the past to ensure a better, sustainable future. It is an exciting project with many innovations, involving several EU member states.
Europe can become the leader in CO2 emission reduction by applying innovative solutions to its built cultural heritage. According to the European Recovery Plan one of the actions that needs to be taken to tackle the current crisis, is investing in energy efficiency. Historic urban buildings consume 4% of all energy and are responsible for 3% of CO2 emissions. Therefore, improving energy efficiency in historic buildings and historic districts is essential. However many technologies and products are not acceptable for historic structures due to the necessity of preserving integrity and authenticity. Therefore, the main goal of EFFESUS is to develop and demonstrate through case studies a methodology for assessing and selecting energy efficiency interventions in historic urban districts, based on existing and new technologies that are compatible with heritage values. The term historic urban district means, in the context of EFFESUS, a significant grouping of old buildings, built before 1945 and representative of the period of their construction or history. These buildings do not necessarily have to be protected by heritage legislation. The project is performed by an interdisciplinary consortium of 23 partners from 13 countries.