Teenergy Schools - Pilot projects


One of the main aspects in Teenergy Schools  is the Concept Design phase targeted to the elaboration of technical solutions for the improvement of the Partnerships school buildings’ energy behavior and the upgrading of the indoor comfort in terms of thermal comfort, air and lighting quality - for retrofitting and new building projects. These tangible examples illustrate the potentialities for local administrators and decision makers to intervene directly in the  elaboration of strategies for the energy efficient refurbishment of existing schools, or the planning of new ones.

As already explained in the previous chapters, the approach of Teenergy Schools is to take into account the climatical particularities of each territory  formulating feasable solution in terms of cost-effectiveness evaluation for each strategy of intervention and the calculation of payback period in order to consider architectural solution and effective building costs at the same time. Thus politician can realistically consider the project from all points of view.

In fact, the Concept Design phase  is the strategic moment  in the Teenergy Schools project when all partners are involved  to locally test and implement the common instruments for energy audit, the design criteria and the architectural solutions for the improvement of  the school buildings energy performance.  

The proposed innovative technologies for the  refurbishment interventions in existing schools buildings, and the methodologies to be used for the development of new projects for sustainable school, represent an important step towards a climate adapted  approach to the problem of reducing energy consumption and  fostering environmental and indoor comfort qualities.

Aiming at Regional competitiveness and sustainable development in the European context the territorial partners selected the 12 Pilot Projects according to the climatic characteristics and specificities of the Mediterranean Area covering 5 different territories and 3 typical climate conditions referred to coast, mountain and plain:


Province of Lucca: mountain, (Garfagnana) plain (Lucca) and coast; (Viareggio)

Province of Trapani: Mountain (Salemi) and coast (Trapani);

Prefecture of Athens: Mountain (Kessariani); coast (Katerini) ;

Cyprus: coast and  mountain 

Granada mountain and plain area.


The projects drafts were elaborated and discussed during the International Campus, held in Athens form November 30st to December 3rd 2010, organized as Architectural Design Review and participatory process where decision makers, stakeholders, scientific experts, architects, designers, students were involved,  matching their experiences and sharing the best solutions for the Pilot Projects, at a transnational level.

The Teenergy Schools International Campus gathered post graduate students from 4 partners countries during a three day workshop. About 30 students collaborated in 5 international work groups on various thematical focuses regarding the Partnerships Pilot Projects, investigating innovative technological systems in order to implement and manage energy-efficient building envelopes, improving the energy performance of buildings , energy and environmental quality of open spaces, proposing new materials and finishes on the particular characteristics that influence the reduction of urban heat islands. 

During the workshop international experts presented specific lectures focusing on technical issues such as Passive Cooling, Natural Ventilation, Solar Architecture and climate-adapted,  energy efficient envelopes.

The Pilot Projects implementation represents an important step for Teenergy Schools,  giving opportunity to experiment, within a real context, the solution-finding process including end user needs, architectural concepts, technical aspects and economic feasability. This experience  in the general context of the project is aimed to demonstrate the value of synergy between policy choice and architectural solutions, in order to disseminate common experience as best practice leading to guidelines at national and international scale.