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ZenH Balkan: Towards Zero Energy Hospitals in the Balkan Region

The ZenH Project is supported by the European Commission –Joint Secretariat, INTERREG project, Thessaloniki – Greece, from December 2017 to November 2019.

The project aims to facilitate the implementation of the EPBD by defining the characteristics and Standards for Zero Energy Hospitals in the South Balkan region. Thus, will contribute towards improved energy efficiency in the building sector. Hospital buildings are considered complex systems as they are hosting several energy intensive functions (HVAC under strict comfort conditions, high hot water demand, Kitchen facilities, etc). There is considerable work in EU on the definition of near Zero Energy residential buildings, offices and hotels but not for hospital buildings.

The partnership covers all 5 eligible nations with partners from the academic sector, an energy center that emphasize on promotional activities for EE and RES and provides consultation services to governments and 2 IPA organizations with expertise in local development actions with regard EE & RES. Both IPA organizations are experienced with EE and RES applications in to building structures. The academic partners have undertaken specific actions in designing ZEB for complex buildings such as Museums in GR (strict internal comfort conditions) and a University Laboratory Building in CY. The expected outputs are summarized as:

  1. Produce benchmarks and design guidelines for ZenH
  2. Improve the technical capacity of professional groups and government officials towards the ZE buildings notion
  3. Prepare detail analysis and test the benchmark models for upgrading 7 hospital buildings into NZEB that will be ready to seek financial tools for their implementation.

The methodological approach is to work on a joint implementation approach for the development of robust retrofitting design tools that could adapt regional climate & RES potential characteristics. The partners will derive primary data from energy audits and existing Building Data Hubs to support the production of proposed tools. Project experts and officials from Health authorities will jointly select hospitals. Nontechnical government officials is a crucial target group for the transferability of the produced results and will be invited to participate in the policy and planning meetings of the project (KO, midterm & final). The added value is the training of building professionals to new concept and technical approaches that will advance the impact of the EPBD on other building sectors with regard the concept of NZEBs.

This project is funded by the European Union
interreg europe

Prof. Despina Serghides.
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Additional Info

  • Acronym: ZenH Balkan
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: European Union/ Interreg, Thessaloniki - Greece
  • CyI Funding: 180.000€
  • Funding Period: 24 months
  • Starting Date: December 2017
  • End Date: November 2019
  • Coordinator: Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Partners: Albaforest - Centre for Forest Studies and Consulting, Albania
    Sofia Energy Centre Ltd, Bulgaria
    The Cyprus Institute Ltd, Cyprus
    Center for the Promotion of Sustainable Practices and Rural Development, Republic of North Macedonia

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