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ELIH-Med to make old houses more energy efficient

Written by Frédéric Dubessy avec l'Institut de la Méditerranée on Tuesday, October 30th 2012 à 10:44 | Read 1835 times

EUROPE / MEDITERRANEAN. In Rome on 16-17 May 2011, European program ELIH-Med launched with eighteen partners * and an ambitious objective: to renovate old homes with energy efficiency as the main theme.   
The first call for strategic projects of the MED program was made by 18 partners* coordinated by Enea  (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) with the help of the Institut de la Méditerranée in Marseille.
Seven countries are involved in the ELIH-Med (Energy Efficiency in Low-income Housing in the Mediterranean) program: Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia.   

"60% of the €10M allocated to this program over three years will be used to conduct experiments with six pilot projects in each country involving a total of 500 homes", says Institut de la Méditerranée chairman Henry Roux-Alezais.  

Thus, it is a purely operational program. The first experiments are scheduled to take place between now and the end of 2011, and will be completed in 2013. "We will then have concrete results that will be very useful in improving energy outcomes", emphasises the Institut de la Méditerranée chairman.

A major source of energy savings

Old houses in southern Europe will benefit from new techniques to improve their energy efficiency (Photo: Institut de la Méditerranée)
Old houses in southern Europe will benefit from new techniques to improve their energy efficiency (Photo: Institut de la Méditerranée)
"Housing in the Mediterranean has unique characteristics. We use more energy in winter than in summer; therefore, we cannot transpose solutions that have been proven in northern Europe. Mediterranean countries have high rates of urbanisation, a major source of energy savings. The Mediterranean has begun efforts in this area late in the piece, but this project will develop very quickly", says Henry Roux-Alezais. 

These experiments must meet three criteria: they must have a low implementation cost, be highly efficient and have an innovative mechanism of public and/or private finance with the support of structural funds. A technical committee will formulate eligibility criteria. 

The first phase of this program consists of developing awareness of the program: Enea is creating a website, and each partner will organise national events to promote the projects selected. This phase is followed by the capitalisation of the project by the Institut de la Méditerranée to synthesise all initiatives, note their innovative characteristics on a social level, techniques used and financing, then the reproduction of the same.  

"All of the above will allow proposals to be formulated for the European Union to prepare an energy saving strategy for the period 2014-2020", says Henry Roux-Alezais. This new policy will be orchestrated by the CRES and its Greek partners. The final stage will see the city of Málaga coordinate the six pilot projects used in each partner country. 

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* The eighteen partners of the project 

ENEA (Italy)  
Institut de la Méditerranée (France)
Malaga City Council (Spain)
Institute for the Promotion of Technological Innovation (Italy)
Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (Greece)
Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency (Malta)
Cyprus Energy Agency (Cyprus)
Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
LAORE Sardegna (Italy)
Valencia Institute of Building Foundation (Spain)
OEK - Workers Housing Organisation (Greece)
Municipality of Genoa (Italy)
CSTB (France)
Conseil régional Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
GERES (France)
Region of east Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
Municipality of Frattamaggiore (Italy)
Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (France)

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