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GABC Member initiative: Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH)

Status: Finished (first phase).

Area: Europe (with the aim to extend results worldwide).

Short goal: The European initiative Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) aims at accelerating the rate of refurbishment of existing hotels into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB).

Short deadline: 2016

Long goal: Sensitise national authorities to put in practice policies that support SMEs in undertaking refurbishments to become nZEB; 190 M€ investments in sustainable energy by 2020; new green jobs creation; reduction of GHG emissions up to 100.000 tCO2e/year by 2020.

Long deadline: 2020

Progress: The main outcome of the project are: 16 pilot projects in 7 countries (Croatia, Greece, France, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden) to prove the feasibility and sustainability of neZEH projects; An EU neZEH network, to facilitate exchanges between the supply (building professionals) and the demand side (SME hotel owners); A practical e-tool, for hotel owners to assess their energy consumption status and to identify appropriate solutions for energy efficiency improvement; Technical and informational materials to support the implementation and uptake of nZEB projects; Tailor made marketing guidelines and promotional tools to assist front runners to communicate efficiently their business to potential customers; 15.000+ hotel owners informed; methodology and results available to any hotel for scaling up.

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Summary

The European initiative Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) aims at accelerating the rate of refurbishment of existing hotels into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by: providing technical advice to committed hotel owners; demonstrating the profitability, feasibility and sustainability of investments towards nearly Zero Energy; undertaking training and capacity building activities; and promoting front runners at national, regional and EU level to increase their market visibility. neZEH is a response to the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings (2010/31/EU, EPBD recast), contributing directly to the EU 2020 targets and supporting EU Member States in their national plans for increasing the number of nZEBs. More information can be found at www.nezeh.eu/home/index.html

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