Buildings (both domestic and non-domestic) in the EU are responsible for approximately 40% of the primary energy use. This makes buildings the largest 'energy-using-sector' in the Union. From the energy point of view, one can reduce consumption: by using building products that are sustainable (e.g. have little embodied energy), by designing and constructing buildings that use as little energy as possible
From the perspective of the occupant of a building, the ideal situation is an indoor environment that satisfies all occupants (i.e. they have no complaints) and does not unnecessarily increase the risk or severity of illness or injury.
It becomes clear that there may be a potential conflict between strategies to reduce energy use and to create healthy buildings.
The final goal of the project is to provide the means to increase the number of energy efficient buildings that are at the same time healthy, thus decreasing the energy use by buildings and consequently resulting in a reduction of CO2 emission from primary energy used for ventilation.
List of the participating organisations and companies to the project
Explanations of the different work packages and methodologies used
Presents the most important results. Public reports can be downloaded
to design, build and maintain a comfortable, healthy, low energy building
containing the summarised database of nearly 180 buildings and tools (e.g. checklists and questionnaires) that can be downloaded
The European Commission supported the HOPE programme, under the contract ENK6-CT-2001-00505. Its Swiss contribution was granted by the Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (contract No 01.0061-1).