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MountEE is a Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project that helps municipalities in mountaineous regions of Europe to reach EU goals regarding Nearly Zero Energy Building. It will make use of the service package "sustainable building" from Vorarlberg and implement a high number of nearly zero energy constructions and renovations of public buildings.

Problem description

The construction and refurbishment of houses provides large potentials to reduce energy consumption. According to EU goals, all new constructions and buildingsundergoing major refurbishment will have to meet Nearly Zero Energy Building(NZEB) standards by 2018. This is a big challenge for many municipalities in mountainous regions, since there is a lack of know-how, experience and funding and thereare other challenges such as low population density or small entities.

Aims of the project

The project«MountEE – Energy-efficient and sustainable building in municipalities in European mountain regions » supports communities in Sweden, the Alps and the Pyrenees in order to help them achieve their objectives and transform them intofront runners. In six regions 25 to 30 public buildings will be built or renovated – sustainably and energy-efficiently.

How MountEE will reach is aims

MountEE will involve relevant stakeholders and use existing knowledge for developingregional strategies and financial tools. The service package “sustainable building” for municipalities, which has been successfully implemented in theAlpine region of Vorarlberg (Austria), will be adapted to the needs of themountain regions Rhône-Alpes and Pyrenees (FR), Friuli (IT), Dalarna andNorrbotten (SE). Within the MountEE project, a new “facility management” toolwill be elaborated in Vorarlberg, a model region in the field ofenergy-efficient building, and transferred and adapted for the needs of theother partner regions.


Project website of MountEE