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The challenge of retrofitting

Today, buildings account for 40% of the total primary energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. New construction in Europe only represents about 1% of the building stock and as a result, most buildings present today will still be standing in 2050.

Current retrofitting processes mostly focus on structural changes of the buildings, and they are both costly, inefficient and rarely take into account the potential of involving residents to achieve more sustainable, energy-efficient habits. Consequently, the status quo represents a Gordian knot, preventing pivotal retrofitting.

The sustainable solution

‘SURE!’ is an inter-Nordic project focused on optimizing energy usage and strengthening sustainable lifestyles for residents in areas that need retrofitting – effectively and at a low cost. This is done through a technology for diagnosing and optimizing heating and indoor comfort in existing buildings, supplemented by user interfaces designed to achieve sustainable, energy-efficient habits.

The output will be a low-cost, effective and innovative retro-fitting concept that combines patented technology, open ICT platforms and interaction design validated through real life demonstrations.


Current situation

Currently, buildings account for 40% of the total primary energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union

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Energy savings

The diagnostic and optimisation system in the project will map energy consumption and indoor comfort and will in itself lead to large energy savings of up to 15%

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Sustainable behavior

An interactive visualization system will help create sustainable patterns of behavior among tenants – hopefully bringing energy savings to a total of 30%

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Partners in SURE!

The project involves partners from three participating countries.


Funded by:

EUDP - Denmark

The primary objective of EUDP is to ensure the development and demonstration of new energy technologies, which can reduce dependency on fossil energy, and which can contribute to minimising the CO2 burden and the environmental impact of energy consumption.

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Energimyndigheten - Sweden

The Swedish Energy Agency works for the use of renewable energy, improved technologies, a smarter end-use of energy, and mitigation of climate change.

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Formas - Sweden

The mission of Formas is to promote and support basic research and need-driven research in the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

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Tekes - Finland

Tekes is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland.

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