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Effective Projects

In 2002, the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings required the EU Member States, including the regional governments of Belgium, to define energy performance indicators and develop associated calculation methods. These indicators are used to establish a policy of progressive reduction of primary energy consumption in buildings.

The regional authorities have entrusted the UMONS Research Institute for Energy with a large number of missions, such as defining energy performance indicators, studying the appropriateness of calculation methods and supporting the building sector with regard to scientific and technical aspects since the regulation has come into force. Completing these missions has allowed the Région wallonne to meet European requirements.

As for medium-term technological developments, the Institute is actively involved in projects supported by the regional authorities through the economic deployment plan for Wallonia (e.g. the development of super-insulated windows, the development of interseasonal thermochemical solar heat storage systems and the development of multi-physics simulation tools for virtual prototyping).

The UMONS Research Institute for Energy also actively participates in various European FP7 projects. These include:

  • The project "NEED4B" (New Energy Efficient Demonstration for Buildings): this demonstration project aims to develop an easily transposable method in order to design and construct energy-saving buildings. 27,000 m² of new buildings are to be constructed in five locations of different climates (Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey). The goal is to achieve an energy saving of 65% and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 832 tonnes.
  • The project "SOTHERCO" (Solar Thermochemical Compact Storage System): this research project aims to develop an inter-seasonal thermochemical solar heat storage system to meet the demands for the heating of premises and for domestic hot water in energy-saving buildings. The project foresees a long-term demonstration in two different locations (Arlon, Belgium and Bourgetdu- Lac, France).