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The project BRICKER, co-funded by the EU, has the objective of reducing energy consumption in public buildings by 50%. With an overall budget of almost €13 million, coordinator Acciona along with their partners will produce a scalable, replicable and cost effective methodology for refurbishing existing public-owned non-residential buildings. It will call on the cutting-edge expertise of partners from 6 European countries. These include technological SMEs, research organisations, construction companies, public bodies and a media agency. The project sets out to develop and demonstrate high energy efficient and cost-effective retrofitting solutions. The key asset lies in their replicability so that architects, designers, promoters and end-users alike may adopt these solutions, thus boosting retrofitting of low energy consuming public-owned buildings in Europe.

In addition to technical development and demonstration, the BRICKER will ensure the widest impact possible through an ambitious dissemination and exploitation strategy. This includes workshops for local stakeholders, training seminars/webinars, a best practice book at the end of the project and clustering with related projects. Buildings owned by public bodies account for a considerable share of the building stock and have high visibility in public life. As such the European public sector can be an important driver for more efficient products, buildings and services, and for promoting behavioural changes in energy consumption by citizens and enterprises.

BRICKER will deliver innovative retrofitting solutions and demonstrate these in three real settings chosen for their potential for replication. They are located in Belgium, Spain and Turkey.


A scalable, replicable, high energy efficient, zero emissions and cost effective SYSTEM to refurbish existing public-owned non-residential buildings to achieve at least 50% energy consumption reduction through:

  • A systemic methodology for optimal building retrofitting towards zero emissions, developed to ensure cost coectiveness, scalability and replicability of the interventions taking into account external (geographical, climatic, resources, social) and internal (envelope, facilities and use) building boundary conditions;
  • Development of demand reduction strategies: Based on envelope U-value improvement through innovative technologies, material applications and design techniques;
  • Development of Energy reduction strategies: An effective interaction and integration of an innovative, scalable, high efficient renewable HVAC hybrid cogeneration system fed with locally available RES, including thermal energy storage strategies as the core of the methodology´s implementation;
  • Effective interactions of energy flows: building to building, building to electrical grid and building to heating and cooling networks and improved methodologies for interconnectivity of smart grids and heating and cooling networks under the control of a building level energy operation system.

Buildings will be considered as single energy-consumption units and at the same time, connected to other buildings forming high energy efficient districts prepared to be connected with other districts around. These energy units will be able to provide advanced energy services (electrical and thermal) to other buildings in their district, which will make the building strategies replicable al district level in order to attract investments.

Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
48 months

Fundación CARTIF
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Gobierno de Extremadura
Greencom SCRL
Onur Enerji
Ozyegin University
Purinova Sp.zo.o
Steinbeis Innovation GmbH
Laterizi Gambettola SRL
Province de Liège
Fundación Tecnalia
Université de Liège
Youris GEIE
Expander Tech S.L.

Unit role: 

Development of Energy reduction strategies:
ARES, through simulation activities, data acquisition and analysis of the performance of the systems being tested, is involved in the development of new methods and strategies for reducing energy consumption in order to effectively integrate an innovative HVAC system with renewable energy sources (RES)