On the 21st of January, the Step2Sport project will hold its final meeting in Brussels at the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union. The event will be opened by Mr. Amadeu Altafi i Tardio, Representative of Government of Catalonia to the European Union. Members of the European Parliament are also expected to come (confirmation pending) as well as representatives of other projects. More experts from the field of nearly zero energy buildings will attend the event and present their views.
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STEP-2-SPORT project aims to support the refurbishment of the existing sport buildings through step by step renovation towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), contributing to the EU energy objectives. Energy audits and energy performance certification will be performed in pilot sport facilities from 7 different countries (Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria) in order to identify energy improvement opportunities as well as to determine their energy rating.
Action Plans for renovation of pilots will be developed, identifying what energy improvement measures should implement each pilot sport building over the next 10 years in order to be a NZEB. Following the recommendations defined in the action plans, energy improvement measures will be set up during the project duration, and their implementation will be monitored. From the experience obtained and the information compiled, a roadmap will be defined with the aim of achieving NZEB in EU sport buildings in the medium-long term. Without any doubt, in this economic recession period the most important barrier for sport owners is the lack of investment capital to implement full refurbishment towards NZEB.
For this reason, innovative business model schemes for renovations, and in particular Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and Energy Performance Contracting will be promoted since they can finance energy saving measures and implement plans to improve energy efficiency in the long term. With the support from large multipliers, a Replication Plan will be defined to transfer the results of the project and trigger the replication of renovations in other EU sport buildings.