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The ZenH Balkan Project

The project aims to facilitate the implementation of the EPBD by defining the characteristics and Standards for Zero Energy Hospitals in the South Balkan region. Thus, will contribute towards improved energy efficiency in the building sector.

One of the basic energy objectives of EU is to decouple energy consumption from economic development. To meet the challenge the EU is setting specific energy efficiency and carbon emission goals for the years 2020, 2030 & 2050. The long term goal (2050) is to achieve a reduction of the CO2 emissions to 85% with respect the 1990 levels.

Hospital buildings are considered complex systems as they are hosting several energy intensive functions (HVAC under strict comfort conditions, high hot water demand, Kitchen facilities, etc). There is considerable work in EU on the definition of near Zero Energy residential buildings, offices and hotels but not for hospital buildings.

The partnership covers all 5 eligible nations with partners from the academic sector, an energy center that emphasize on promotional activities for EE and RES and provides consultation services to governments and 2 IPA organizations with expertise in local development actions with regard EE & RES. Both IPA organizations are experienced with EE and RES applications in to building structures.

The methodological approach is to work on a joint implementation approach for the development of robust retrofitting design tools that could adapt regional climate & RES potential. Partners will derive primary data from energy audits & existing Building Data Hubs to support production of proposed tools.