High level representatives from 11 countries surrounding the Baltic Sea approved nine significant projects in Kiel, Germany on 15-16 September. The projects deal with the enhancement of cooperation for contribution to sustainable economic and social development and fostering innovations all over the Baltic Sea Region, and they will be financed to the extent of the Baltic Sea Region Programme in 2011-2013. COOL Bricks Project - the member of which is the Republican Centre for Technology Transfer - is among 9 approved projects.
COOL Bricks Project was initiated by partners from 9 countries, the total budget of the project amounts to 4,308,968.67 EUR. 18 organizations form the consortium:
01 Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Behörde für Kultur, Sport und Medien / Denkmalschutzamt
02 Hamburg, Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt
03 Ausbildungszentrum Bau in Hamburg GmbH
04 Kiel, Umweltamt
05 Stadsmuseum Stockholm
06 Energy Agency Southeast Sweden
07 Swedish National Heritage Board
08 Malmö, Environment Department
09 Aalborg University, Danish Building Research Institute
10 Estonian Heritage Society
11 Kothla-Järve Town Government
12 Centre for Development Programs
13 Vilnius Builders Training Center
14 Riga, Infrastructure Department
15 Riga Technical University
16 European Foundation for Monuments Protection
17 Republican Centre for Technology Transfer
18 KIINKO- Real Estate Education
· Improvement of the energy efficiency of historical buildings without losing there identity!
· Arrange of the requirements of monument conservation and climate protection!
The project is directed to solving of mutual problems of European Union and Baltic Sea countries:
· CO2-Reduction, even in the building sector
· Conservation of cultural heritage
· The cities in the Baltic Sea Region are characterised by brick facades and brick masonry.
· The brick facades complex problems with damages of single-leaf brickwork occured.
· After the first wave of technical approvement (modern heating, insulation, thermal insulation windows) collisions and conflicts appear between the conversation of monuments and refurbishment to reduce energy consumptions.
· Risk to change completely historical buildings by measures for energetic optimisation.
· Risk to loose the characteristics of our cities (in Hamburg in particular brick architecture).
· Risk to loose attractiveness, competitiveness and tourism.
It is planned to solve the following strategic, technical, educational and economical problems within the framework of the project:
· Development of a transnational declaration of the Baltic States
· Integration of “cultural heritage aspects” in regional climate protection and urban development concepts
· Integration of project results into regulations, urban planning, subsidy systems, tender processes,
technical solutions and implementation
· Development of new technical solutions to improve the energy efficiency of historical buildings (focus on brick architecture)
· Researches and baseline studies at historical buildings
· Implementation and evaluation of new techniques in pilot projects
education and economic promotion
· Integration of technical solutions in courses and new curricula for craftsmen, planners, architects
· Transnational coordination of curricula/ Transnational certification of specialized qualifications/ Promotion of mobility of labour
· Development of new market opportunities for SME’s.