Energy Efficient Construction
Efficient Construction in Cities - Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC)
started this project in Spring 2009 in partnership with the Non-Conventional
Energy Development Center (NCEDC), Pyongyang.
project aims at the dissemination of the knowledge about energy efficient
construction work (design, planning, and construction) in combination with
the use of alternative energy sources (wind, sun, and biogas). This shall
be demonstrated in a practical manner with the construction of the new
training center of the Energy Center in Pyongyang based on current standards
in Switzerland / Europe (Minergie / Minergie-P / ...). The building is aimed to be a model for further buildings within
the country. The know-how about implementing energy efficient standards
in design and construction work is transferred to at least 100 domestic
specialists that are able to train others.
This is done
by implementing the following strategy:
- • Study of existing
Minimum-Energy standards and energy efficient construction principles from
Europe and DPRK. Development of different options for construction of the
outside of the building, air circulation, heating and cooling and production
of electric power.
- Based on the availability
of adequate material selection of a best option and calculation of the
costs. Discussion with local and international experts.
- Adaptation and
realization of that concept for the new training center (RETC) in Pyongyang.
Parts not available in country are identified and solutions are searched
to either produce them in country or to easily import them.
- Existing know-how
and information is tested and made available in Korean for wide dissemination
throughout the country. Trainer-trainings and leaflets help in spreading it.
- Expert and information
exchange guarantee to find solutions adapted to the countries resources
and combine it with all available know-how worldwide.
- House builders,
architects, technicians, planning staff of multi-family houses, blocks
and public buildings in (small) cities
- Everyone interested
in the use of alternative energy sources in villages or brigades.
- NCEDC is able to
provide all necessary information and the training for the planning and
the construction of an energy efficient building. This includes the selection
of the right location, the construction (including design, calculation
of energy demand and production, plans, construction instruction), selection
of appropriate material (insulation, window type, etc.) and list of suppliers
with adequate material standards within or outside the country and cost
- A building, the
new training center was designed and built based on those concepts and
standards. A review of the planned energy efficiency and the real efficiency
has taken place.
- NCECD has trained
100 local experts in the concepts, the design and construction monitoring
of energy efficient buildings and also in maintenance of such buildings.
2009 - 2010Progress
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