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The Staccato project

Out of all the consequences of climate change, ever hotter summers are without doubt suffered most by those living in the ’soviet-style’ apartment blocks, commonly known as ’panel blocks’. Now, the ’quality’ of the building in which we live is a very important...

The stated aims of the project

The complete statical, constructional and sociological evaluation of the chosen apartment buildings.The preparation of building permission for the energy efficiency renovationsThe completion of all renovation work  in the whole buildingCompletion of energy efficiency measurements in the 4 year...

Realisation

Built in 1970, with its 886 flats The Village House counts as Hungary’s biggest apartment building. Even then, the 315m long building was regarded as an experiment.  The 15 staircases are catered for by 9 types of heating systems, as it was the intention that the best practice from...

Budget

The project is unique on a national level, as it received matching funds from the EU, the Hungarian Government and the local municipality. Finance comes from:

Schedule of the project

The preparation of the project took three years from 2006 to June 2009, during which time technical plans, financial plans and construction blueprints were prepared, and the public procurement procedure for the selection of the construction company took place. The renovation of the house took...

Technical information

The contractor, Épkar Zrt., began the first of the work’s four phases in July 2009.  At peak times 200 people are working on 6500m2 of scaffolding. A total of 24 000m2 of surface insulation will be put up on the Village House.  At the urging of the house manager, 10cm thick...

Publicity and communications

Informing the householders didn’t stop after a positive decision was reached at the general assembly. Those living here are not being decanted during the works, hence keeping them informed is an integral part of the process – this is not only due to the EU funding, but since the...

Further objectives of the project

Sociological survey of the building’s occupants, measuring project impact.Energy efficiency monitoring after completion of renovation.Organisation of seminars, conferences and trainings and awareness campaigns in the local and national media, to generate similar projects nationwide and serve...

Project results

Complete insulation of the house, with insulation capacity exceeding the standards of newly constructed buildings.1,800 out-dated windows were replaced with new ones (5 chamber UPVC frame windows).A solar collector system for the production of hot water was installed on the roof of the building...