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A new project about high energy-efficient and cost-effective public buildings


The project BRICKER, co-funded by the EU, takes off this month for four years of efforts towards reducing energy consumption in public buildings by 50%. With an overall budget of almost €13 million, coordinator Acciona along with their partners will produce a scalable, replicable and cost effective methodology for refurbishing existing public-owned non-residential buildings.

The BRICKER project kicked off at the Acciona offices in Madrid on 10 and 11 October.  It will call on the cutting-edge expertise of partners from 6 European countries. These include technological SMEs, research organisations, construction companies, public bodies and a media agency. The project sets out to develop and demonstrate high energy efficient and cost-effective retrofitting solutions. The key asset lies in their replicability so that architects, designers, promoters and end-users alike may adopt these solutions, thus boosting retrofitting of low energy consuming public-owned buildings in Europe.

In addition to technical development and demonstration, the BRICKER will ensure the widest impact possible through an ambitious dissemination and exploitation strategy. This includes workshops for local stakeholders, training seminars/webinars, a best practice book at the end of the project and clustering with related projects.

Buildings owned by public bodies account for a considerable share of the building stock and have high visibility in public life. As such the European public sector can be an important driver for more efficient products, buildings and services, and for promoting behavioural changes in energy consumption by citizens and enterprises.

BRICKER will deliver innovative retrofitting solutions and demonstrate these in three real settings chosen for their potential for replication. They are located in Belgium, Spain and Turkey. Each site bears a particular set of features and uses: an academic facility, an administration building and public Turkish premises. Understanding energy use in the non-residential sector is complex as end-uses such a lighting, ventilation, heating, cooling and refrigeration, IT equipment vary greatly from one building category to the another. It is estimated that average energy consumption in the non-residential sector is at least 40% greater than in the residential sector. The BRICKER demonstrations will play a pivotal role in this and the project is expected to produce far-reaching results in the areas such as demand reduction strategies, integration of innovative hybrid cogeneration systems and effective interactions of energy flows and improved methodologies for interconnectivity.

BRICKER Dissemination & Communication Secretariat,


BRICKER is coordinated by Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. and developed in cooperation with 1§ other partners: Fundación CARTIF, CEMOSA S.A., EURAC, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Gobierno de Extremadura, Greencom SCRL, Onur Enerji, Ozyegin University, Purinova Sp.zo.o, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Laterizi Gambettola SRL, Province de Liège, Fundación Tecnalia, Université de Liège, GEIE, Expander Tech S.L. BRICKER is co-financed by the EU within Framework Programme 7 (FP7)