SchoolVentCool project to make school buildings more energy efficient
Mr. Marc van Praet from the Antwerp Autonomous City Company for Education tells about the SchoolVentCool project, a current Eracobuild project including Belgian, Austrian, Danish and Swiss partners in school management, architecture and research and development. Van Praet: ‘It is impossible to reach the EU 2020 targets if we would only engage us to build energy efficient new schools. It would be too expensive. Renovating schools in a traditional way would also mean moving entire school populations for the time of the process which is costly and educationally very negative. The SchoolVentCool project has lead to new insights in technological possibilities for the use of prefabricated modules including integrated ventilation and cooling systems. There are already a few pilots of modular prefabricated retrofit of school buildings (Grebenzen Austria, Buchloe Germany) and existing examples of good practice in Master Planning of large school building stock towards EU 2020 standards (Antwerp).’ More detailed information can be found on the schoolventcool-website.
Providing an intermodal mobility chain for older people and people with special needs
Ms. Nina Reichwaldt from Braunschweiger Informatik- und
Technologie-Zentrum (BITZ) tells about the project SIMBA,
that focuses on the improvement of mobility in existing
infrastructure. Reichwaldt: ‘due to the demographic change the
proportion of younger and older people in our society will change.
This leads to the situation that more and more elderly people won’t
have personal assistance in any aspects of life; including
mobility. Furthermore the number of people who own a driver license
is increasing, which means there is an increasing number of people
who have a choice to use the car instead of public transport. This
situation brings new challenges for providers of public transport.
If they want to keep their service attractive to older people, they
have to offer their service in adoption to the needs of this user
group. This means the build up of accessible infrastructure, which
has been done in some places already. The project has already been
tested in the city of Braunschweig.’ More information and contact
details can be found on the
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