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RINA invites near-zero upgrade case studies


It aims at raising building retrofit standards to near zero carbon status. Participants benefit from assessment toolkits, shared learning and data.

International certification and management consultancy RINA has invited local authorities to support ABRACADABRA, a partnership network of construction firms, consultants, environmental specialists and NGOs across Europe with which it is affiliated, in demonstrating a new building renovation strategy based on volumetric Add-ons and Renewables (AdoRES).

The ABRACADABRA project, standing for Assistant Buildings’ addition to Retrofit, Adopt, Cure And Develop the Actual Buildings up to zeRo energy, Activating a market for deep renovation, has received funding under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for the AdoRES project.

AdoRES refers to one or more Assistant Building units such as aside or façade additions, rooftop extensions or entirely new constructions that "adopt" the existing buildings (known as Assisted Buildings) to achieve nearly zero energy.

In fact, a substantial increase in the quality and quantity of refurbishment of the existing building stock - both public and private - can play a key role in the implementation of the

The call asks for participants to contribute another 40 building projects to the ABRACADABRA project, currently covering at least six countries at present. These case studies will then be tested for AdoRe upgrade opportunities, benefitting from a set of developing technical, financial and regulatory toolkits. The tools are intended to identify technological solutions, potential energy reduction, potential economic boosts to the investment and normative guidelines.

Applicants must provide data related to the geometry of the building, its technology and energy use, the availability of energy bills and original drawings (or survey) of building and surroundings.



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