According to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive of the European Union (EPBD), all new constructions and existing buildings undergoing major renovation will have to meet Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standards by 2018. For many municipalities the transition to NZEB is a major challenge. Especially communities in mountain regions often lack know-how, experience and funding. Some face additional challenges such as extreme climate, low accessibility, small entities, low population density and brain drain.
The project «MountEE – sustainable building in mountain regions» supports communities in Sweden, the Alps and the Pyrenees in order to help them achieve their objectives in the areas of sustainable building and renovation, and transform them into front runners.
Study trip on 7.-9.11.2013
Learning by seeing, hearing and discussing. CIPRA International organized from 7th to 9th November 2013 a study trip in Vorarlberg (A) and Liechtenstein on “sustainable building and refurbishment”. Intelligent construction, renovation, energy efficiency, environmental impact of materials, collaboration, support to the municipalities with the service package “sustainable building”: many themes have been discussed and seen by visiting buildings and during discussion with locals.
35 participants from 5 different countries (Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland) had the opportunity to interact with architects, craftsmen, engineers, owners and local decision-makers during this 3 days. Program and documentation on this page
Building the future! Sustainable construction in European mountain municipalities.
Construction and renovation of sustainable public buildings is a team-oriented process and requires audacity. This includes decision makers, architects, craftsmen, and of course the local population.
The film “Building the future!” shows how European mountain municipalities from Sweden, across the Pyrenees to the Alps are pioneers in the field of sustainable construction. Good practice examples and inspiring ideas invite to follow! The film is available in German, Italian, French and Swedish and has been produced by the partners themselves under the framework of the EU project MountEE.