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vendredi 19 novembre 2010

Budapest innovates in refurbishing the largest block of flats in central Europe

Buildings we live and work in are big energy consumers and polluters, accounting for 40 % of Europe’s current energy consumption and 36 % of its CO2 emissions. A recent visit to the Faluhaz project - a refurbished block of flats in Budapest shows how energy efficiency renovations are today seen as a viable, cost-effective policy.

As the largest residential building in Hungary, the iconic Faluhaz block, in Budapest ,with its 886 flats covering 43 500 m², was one such building in need of urgent energy efficient refurbishment.

The Faluhaz project was financed through a combination of European, national and municipality funds. The total budget was approximately EUR 4 million, 40 % of which came from the Óbuda-Békásmegyer municipality and European funds (CONCERTO programme), 33 % from the Hungarian national Panel Plusz programme, and 27 % from the owners.

The renovation of the 315 meters long, 15 stair-cased building started in July 2009 and was completed in the end of November. As a result of the renovation, the energy consumption of the ’House’ will be reduced by 50%. During the inauguration the Display poster was unveiled to show the estimated energy, CO2 and water savings for 2010.

Source : Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign Media Newsletter, November 2010
Budapest is a member of Energy Cities and a Signatory of the Covenant of Mayors ; Budapest is also involved in the Display Campaign



by Claire Iochum on 19 novembre 2010 / 494 visites




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