Brussels - The Polyurethanes Passive House project marked the opening of EU Sustainable Energy Week by opening its doors, 18 June, to EU and national policy makers, engineering experts and key players in the sustainable energy sector.
The event was hosted just five days after the EU sealed the deal on key energy efficiency legislation, according to a 19 June news release from ISOPA, the European diisocyanate manufacturer's association.
The information-gathering session brought together stakeholders and policymakers to examine practical ways of reducing EU energy consumption. ISOPA said the PU Passive House visibly demonstrates how polyurethane insulation can achieve unparalleled energy savings in buildings, which will be required to meet the 2050 target for the construction sector under the new Energy Efficiency Directive.
"Buildings represent 40 percent of EU energy consumption and 80 percent of today's buildings will still be in use in 2050. Therefore improved energy efficiency standards are essential both for new and existing buildings, achievable through the use of technology such as polyurethane which provides strong, moisture-resistant and space-efficient insulation," commented Dr Wolfram Frank, Secretary General of ISOPA.
ISOPA said that despite the watering down of the new Energy Efficiency Directive, the Polyurethane Passive House demonstrates "how practical energy and cost savings can be achieved without sacrifices on comfort and design."