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 R2CITIES Newsletter 8 – June 2018

Welcome to this final edition of the R2CITIES newsletter

Our combined efforts during five years have come to fruition and it is time for the R2CITIES project to wind up. Of course, this point in time is more of a beginning than an end as R2CITIES means replication of our proud achievements. It is therefore my hope that all the best practices, our methodological approach, and the data management techniques we have developed together will now go on to contribute to greener and more comfortable urban districts for citizens across Europe and beyond.

Today, R2CITIES offers a viable methodology, embracing more than specific energy efficiency retrofitting. It encompasses business planning and fluent communication channels with residents and other citizens. It shows how different stakeholders can – and must – identify and work towards shared goals from an early stage.

Our key findings and advice have been put together in various media to ensure they reach the right people to take on the project's legacy. This includes a Best Practices Book, videos highlighting the works undertaken at the three demo sites, an updated brochure explaining the main successes of our project along with two fact sheets on R2CITIES key features: district energy retrofitting design methodology and cost-effective data manager for buildings and districts. Furthermore, our project website hosts and will continue to host a number of in-depth reports on the more technical aspects of our retrofitting.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole consortium for their huge efforts, commitment and cooperation over these past years. Projects like R2CITIES, which span a number of countries, cultures and organisations, always have their challenges. Our project is no exception, but we could draw on the flexibility, know-how and goodwill of the project members to deliver successful results.

With best wishes,
Cecilia Sanz Montalvillo

Project Coordinator
FundaciĆ³n CARTIF


R2CITIES Best Practices Book

R2CITIES Best Practices Book is available for download.

Final brochure

Develop and demonstrate replicable strategies for designing, constructing and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities

Video News and webinars

Hear from the experts who have helped revamp energy-consuming districts

Join us for two webinars based on the lessons learnt from two of R2CITIES' energy-retrofitted districts

The human factor in saving energy

Throughout Europe buildings are still responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. More renovation of the existing stock is needed. This is where citizens come into play

Household air pollution: the forgotten hazard

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that each year 4.3 million people die of exposure to household pollutants. Buildings with a safe indoor environment can reduce healthcare costs

R2CITIES Project Video

Watch here our results!

News articles

Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in

Protecting health by improved building efficiency

A revised EU directive to fight energy poverty and pulmonary diseases due to unhealthy buildings should be approved this month

Final events

BY&FORCITIZENS Conference, 20-21 September 2018, Valladolid

The ways towards a Smart Regeneration of Cities and Regions is the core of the BY&FORCITIZENS Conference

Sustainable places

27-29 June 2018 | Aix-les-Bains, France

Valladolid demo team puts on training workshop with AEICE building cluster

As part of the R2CITIES training activities, members of the Valladolid demo site team held a workshop on June 21st entitled "Experiences from the R2CITIES project: what we have learnt from retrofitting the Cuatro de Marzo district"

R2CITIES at EUSEW Networking Village

This year's European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place earlier this month and in keeping with tradition, R2CITIES was present

Kartal Demo Site - Inauguration and Final Conference

Last month, the Kartal demo team led by the Municipality held the final demo site conference as the works under R2CITIES have now been completed