Teenergy Schools Project

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High energy efficient schools in the Mediterranean


TEENERGY SCHOOLS: The TEENERGY SCHOOLS project has successfully implemented a Multi-Issues Platform as an interactive Network for the gathering of a common data base and the dissemination of best practices regarding energy efficient retrofitting and new building of secondary schools in the Mediterranean climate context.

The Project has operated from 2009 to 2011 in four countries of the Mediterranean ( Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Greece) and has pointed out the lack of energy saving benchmarks targeted to south Europe climatic conditions and the low energy efficiency of existing school buildings taking into account not only heating but also cooling needs.

Based on the experimentation of energy saving techniques, integration of innovative materials and renewable energies, including passive cooling for reducing costs and consumption in the school buildings, a common Action Plan, Guidelines and 12 Pilot Projects have been developed in close collaboration between all territorial and scientific partners, the pupils of the schools throughout direct participation and the involvement of post graduate students during three international Workshops and a one week CAMPUS session.

The following eight partners have participated in the TEENERGY SCHOOLS project:

The Province of Lucca
(Lead Partner)
The interuniversity research center ABITA, Florence
The Province
of Trapani
ARPA (Regional Agency of Energy), Sicily
Cyprus University
of Technology
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens/IASA,
The Prefecture
of Athens
Provincial Agency
for Energy, Granada

TEENERGY SCHOOLS has set up a good practice benchmark based on data from an Energy Survey in nearly 100 Secondary Schools in the Mediterranean Area which provides representative values and compares secondary schools' actual energy performance based on a common Energy Audit, specific end user's feedback questionnaires and an ICT based Tool for the benchmarking of the results. TEENERGY SCHOOLS' partnership has worked on the following eight different territories (taking into account the typical climate conditions referred to coast, mountain and city/plain area):

Province of Lucca
(Tuscany) and
of Trapani
Districts of Paphos
and Larnaca
Province of Athens (Municipality of Kessariani) through the actions of the Prefecture of Athens (Attica) and Province of Pieria (Municipality of Katerini, Central Macedonia) through Athens University (Greece)
County Council
of Granada


The Partnership that was implemented during this project is looking forward to promote the obtained results and outcomes of this initiatives on EU and national level searching for interesting collaboration and synergies also outside of the European context, taking into account that the Mediterranean climate presents similar situation in the ENPI countries, for example...

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Teenergy Schools Action Plan



The teenergy schools framework - Measuring efficiency in existing school buildings - Building solutions for improving energy efficiency: the pilot projects - Building-up energy saving awarness - The teenergy schools guidelines.


Teenergy Schools Guidelines




Teenergy in Urban Empathy


In the Urban Empathy capitalization project, the Province of Lucca will promote the specific urban planning theme of energy efficiency with a focus on existing secondary school buildings, providing the Mediterranean partnership with concrete results of the former MED TEENERGY project, with a special focus on the communication methodology used in the project to disseminate the results (E.g. the Guidelines) to local and regional public administrations.

The Province of Lucca has the capacity to involve decision makers and key actors, to help with the mainstreaming of the Teenergy and other project results in the local and regional sustainable urban policies.

In addition, thanks to all its existing European relationships and networks developed over the last 5 years of management of European Projects, the Province of Lucca will help to ensure the consideration of the Energy Efficiency theme, in the new programming period.

The energy envelope for a school buildings. The new building for Majorana High School


The new building for Majorana High School has been developed with the aim of spreading sustainable construction methodology in Italy. The European Union established these regulation through the Energy Performance Building 2002/91/CE and EU Directive 2010/31. These aim to diffuse local and national regulations to guarantee high the efficient buildings, using appropriate policies which consider local climate conditions. From 31st December 2018, we must start building zero energy public buildings.

The reduction of energy consumptions and the attention to environmental requirements are the main objectives of the Majorana Hig School Project. The design concept of the building has been characterized by the adoption of solutions to improve solar gains and natural ventilation. During the stage of design we simulated every energy performance of the building, choosing the systems that can to reduce energy consumptions. During the first design stage we employed an energy concept which corresponded to the features of the functional plan, the site, the local conditions weather and climate. On the basis of those parameters, the shape and consequently the structure were defined. 

The construction of the new school building involved energy efficient measures, which are not only current innovations for the actual state of art but are also replicable in other schools in Italy.

The importance of this project is the introduction of some specific, innovative, energy saving techniques, which set new energy, environmental and health standards for school buildings. In this framework, the following measures have been incorporated:

  • An appropriate orientation of the building and envelope design.
  • Ventilated façades and highly insulated building.
  • Use of natural ventilation thought a good design.
  • Use of light shelf for even distribution of daylight.
  • Use of a radiant floor for heating.
  • Integration of renewable energies, in the form of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels in the roof.
  • Design buildings with a compact volume to reduce the surface of the envelope and the thermal bridges.

Build walls with a good thermal inertiaThe envelope of the school buildings should be thought as a "skin", a dynamic environmental philtre, that can regulate the airflows, the solar radiation, the heat flows and the water vapour. The skin of the building became a technological system that can produce thermal and electric energy that will be possible to use for the metabolism of the building.


The school buildings, in the Mediterranean area, have the major problems with high temperature and indoor discomfort in intermediate months (April, May, September and October), when in the schools is not active a cooling or heating systems. Therefore is very important to develop in the school buildings sustainable technology for the envelope with a good thermal inertia so to decrease the indoor temperature and assure the good indoor comfort.