en Staccato: A composition of energy efficient refurbishment <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p><a href="">Eneco_Staccato_PRINT_1_</a></p></li> </ul></div> Letöltések Thu, 19 May 2011 13:47:12 +0000 admin 3137 at The Staccato project <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>Out of all the consequences of climate change, ever hotter summers are without doubt suffered most by those living in the &rsquo;soviet-style&rsquo; apartment blocks, commonly known as &rsquo;panel blocks&rsquo;. Now, <strong>the &rsquo;quality&rsquo; of the building</strong> in which we live is a very important factor in our radically changing weather. How? Today it is a proven fact that accelerating and more and more adverse <strong>climate change</strong> is a result of human activities. The &lsquo;guilty party&rsquo; is the enormous quantity of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, of which only part comes from transport and, as many still think today, from industrial activity. The truth is <strong>our use of energy is responsible for 70%</strong> of European greenhouse gas emissions, almost <strong>half of which is consumed by our buildings</strong>.</p></li> </ul></div><p>The worse our buildings&rsquo; insulation, the poorer the condition of the walls, the windows or the&nbsp; doors, the more energy we waste thoughtlessly &ndash; and although this is indirect, its impact on the atmosphere is measurable. In recognition of this, through directives, actions and countless other instruments, the European Union tries to make prospective builders construct more modern flats, and those owning out-dated property to upgrade their energy efficiency.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 08 Dec 2009 12:10:35 +0000 admin 3108 at The stated aims of the project <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><ul><li>The complete statical, constructional and sociological evaluation of the chosen apartment buildings.</li><li>The preparation of building permission for the energy efficiency renovations</li><li>The completion of all renovation work&nbsp; in the whole building</li><li>Completion of energy efficiency measurements in the 4 year period following renovation</li><li>Opening an information centre in the building where householders can receive a comprehensive and continuous update on the project in general and on the progress of renovation in particular.</li><li>Organisation of training courses, conferences, national and local media support and other information distribution, in order to encourage other community or collectively owned apartment buildings to opt for renovation, as well as to be an example to similar undertakings.</li></ul></li> </ul></div><p>The operational costs of the project are financed by the European Union&rsquo;s STACCATO-CONCERTO programme. Additionally, direct support is also given through the Hungarian government&rsquo;s Panel Plus programme. The remaining costs are shared by the Óbuda-Békásmegyer Municipality and the owners of the chosen properties.</p> Mon, 07 Dec 2009 12:11:44 +0000 admin 3107 at Realisation <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>Built in 1970, with its 886 flats The Village House counts as Hungary&rsquo;s <strong>biggest apartment building</strong>. Even then, the 315m long building was regarded as an experiment.&nbsp; The 15 staircases are catered for by 9 types of heating systems, as it was the intention that the best practice from experience gathered here would be transferred to the other panel blocks popping up like mushrooms in the district. Its lifetime was originally determined as 50-60&nbsp; years, but most recent estimates have predicted a rise to 150 years. Those first householders who moved in back in 1971 were mostly homeowners from the surrounding single floor, mostly uninsulated houses, which were demolished for the grandiose construction. Today around 15% of the original inhabitants live here.&nbsp;</p></li> </ul></div><p>For most of the ship-building and textile industry workers the exchange was a good deal, as the new, on average 50m<sup>2</sup> flats were modern by the standards of the day, and all the way up to the end of the ’80s they only had to pay <strong>minimal heating costs</strong>.  Moreover, if any problem came about in the house, the state took care of it. At the beginning of the ’90s the building became a community-owned house, but the needed change in ownership attitudes has still not completely happened(according to Gyula Réti, the building’s manager). </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:13:04 +0000 admin 3106 at Budget <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>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:</p></li> </ul></div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="205"><strong><em>Contributors</em></strong></td><td valign="top" width="205"><strong><em>Support proportion</em></strong><strong><em> (HUF)</em></strong></td><td valign="top" width="205"><strong><em>Support proportion</em></strong><strong><em> (%)</em></strong></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="205">Municipality of Óbuda-Békásmegyer (including EU funds)</td><td valign="top" width="205">450 480 000</td><td valign="top" width="205">40</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="205">Hungarian Government (Panel Plus <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 05 Dec 2009 12:14:23 +0000 admin 3105 at Schedule of the project <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>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 merely 6 months between July and December 2009.</p></li> </ul></div> Fri, 04 Dec 2009 12:15:00 +0000 admin 3104 at Technical information <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>The contractor, Épkar Zrt., began the first of the work&rsquo;s four phases in July 2009.&nbsp; At peak times 200 people are working on 6500m<sup>2</sup> of scaffolding. A total of 24&nbsp;000m<sup>2 </sup>of surface insulation will be put up on the Village House.&nbsp; At the urging of the house manager, 10cm thick expanded polystyrene will be put up instead of the originally prescribed 7cm thick slabs.&nbsp; In the area above the windows rock wool will be used to meet fire prevention concerns. These will be fixed with Ejot steel plugs, using more at the columns and the corners as the building stands in a wind corridor.</p></li> </ul></div><p>For the insulation of 6500 m<sup>2</sup> attic floor, 12cm thick rock wool is to be used.&nbsp;10 cm thick insulation will be glued to the roof and fixed mechanically with plugs, on top of which a self adhesive waterproof layer will be added, followed by a layer of chips. Besides the facade, the windows and doors are also being replaced, wherever the householder gave permission for this and took on the additional costs that this incurs.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:15:55 +0000 admin 3103 at Publicity and communications <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><p>Informing the householders didn&rsquo;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 &ndash; this is not only due to the EU funding, but since the householders also cover a part of the costs, they are entitled to know where their money is going. The Energy Club staff publish a bi-monthly newsletter and have created a webpage in order that others can also follow and benefit from the progress of the Village House. The involvement of the CEU (Central European University) is allowing economic, quality and social questions to surface. They will be organising a conference about the Village House and a few other Hungarian pilot projects in Spring 2010, to allow the lessons to be passed on to decision makers too.</p></li> </ul></div> Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:16:17 +0000 admin 3102 at Further objectives of the project <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><ul><li>Sociological survey of the building&rsquo;s occupants, measuring project impact.</li><li>Energy efficiency monitoring after completion of renovation.</li><li>Organisation of seminars, conferences and trainings and awareness campaigns in the local and national media, to generate similar projects nationwide and serve as a pilot project for potential future project owners.</li></ul></li> </ul></div><p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2009 12:17:54 +0000 admin 3101 at Project results <div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><ul><li>Complete insulation of the house, with insulation capacity exceeding the standards of newly constructed buildings.</li><li>1,800 out-dated windows were replaced with new ones (5 chamber UPVC frame windows).</li><li>A solar collector system for the production of hot water was installed on the roof of the building covering 1,500 square metres, with a 1,128 MWh capacity.</li><li>Increase in the value of the flats and the occupants&rsquo; quality of life. Reduction of CO2 emissions as a result of better energy efficiency and the application of renewable energy sources.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Further information about the monitoring see on <a href="">Energiaklub&#39;s website</a>.&nbsp;</p></li> </ul></div> Tue, 01 Dec 2009 12:16:48 +0000 admin 3100 at