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The creation of this community has been possible thanks to the support of the 'Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion' in the context of the 2012 sustainable development call. The Euroregion, born on the 29th October 2004, is a political cooperation project between Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees.

The concern about the climate change has grown in the last years and numerous debates and studies on the sectors that contribute most to this phenomenon have been generated. One of the studies conducted by the European Commission has estimated that already constructed buildings consume more than the 40% of the total energy in Europe.

To reduce this percentage, the European Commission published the European Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildi...

The creation of this community has been possible thanks to the support of the 'Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion' in the context of the 2012 sustainable development call. The Euroregion, born on the 29th October 2004, is a political cooperation project between Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees.

The concern about the climate change has grown in the last years and numerous debates and studies on the sectors that contribute most to this phenomenon have been generated. One of the studies conducted by the European Commission has estimated that already constructed buildings consume more than the 40% of the total energy in Europe.

To reduce this percentage, the European Commission published the European Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings. Following the European Council of 17th June 2010, targets were set for 2020: a 20% reduction of primary energy consumption; a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases emissions levels taking 1990 as a reference; and a 20% increase in the contribution of renewable energy. As a result, the European Directive 2002/91/EC was refunded into Directive 2010/31/EU, in which a number of requirements for buildings were presented with the aim of achieving a near-zero energy consumption building. The latter has been supplemented with Directive 2012/27/UE, which develops some aspects related to energy efficiency.

On the other hand, there is an increasing demand for high quality finished buildings and the reduction of project delivery times without involving a significant increase in the final cost of the commissioned work.

One option that allows reaching all these goals is the introduction of processes with a high level of industrialization, based on new ways of decomposing a building in parts; and using complete, compatible and customizable pre-fabricated components which are then transported to the site to perform the installation and assembly processes.

Each building project requires a specific construction model and therefore all buildings cannot integrate the same level of industrialization since there is no a universal building system.

Industrialization is understood as a constructive process that fits the purposes of the architecture and not the other way round. Nowadays, technologies already exist in the market that allow building flexible production systems so that they can be adapted to any architectural design, simplifying the implementation process, shortening the required time and saving material and financial resources.

This community is conceived as a meeting point for these two basic lines of development for future building models: near zero energy building and industrialization.

The purpose of the community is to generate, collect and contrast knowledge about products, systems and/or innovative techniques incorporating both nZEB and industrialization concepts. Among the tools used to achieve this purpose, the analysis of case studies of existing buildings, debate forums and other additional information are used.

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By Isabel Sala
16-07-2014

" SHOULD THE EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES AGREE TO CREATE A SINGLE DEFINITION OF NZEB? "

Isabel Sala Arquitecta técnica investigadora en la Catedra Unesco de Ciclo de Vida y Cambio Climático
According to the European Directive 2010/31/EU each member state must define the concept of NZ (...)
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