Examples of renovated buildings and energy community in Brussels

July 10, 2024

The Implementation Working Group on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (IWG5) organized its second Study Tour in Brussels on 2 July 2024. The event was arranged by WIP Renewable Energies, in collaboration with the IWG5 consortium. Participants of the Study Tour included representatives from renewable energy associations, research centers, and various countries.

This year’s Study Tour adopted a more people-centric approach, featuring tours of renovated buildings in the Marolles district and the GreenBizz Energy Community.

During the first part, participants were guided by Le Logement Bruxellois, a public service real estate company that manages more than 4000 social housing units.

Several buildings were visited during the tour. It began with Philanthropie 18, a timber-frame social housing building with low-energy housing units and PV panels with a capacity of 4500 kWh/year.

The next stop was Haute, built in 1958, with renovation plans that include energy ambitions such as reducing heating needs and utilizing renewable energy.

Participants then saw Cite Hellemans, the first housing unit intended for the working class.

The tour continued to Plume, a passive complex featuring a condensing gas wall boiler in the boiler room, double-flow ventilation units, and PV panels producing a total of 3036 kWh + 3940 kWh/year.

The last stop was Pieremans-Arrosoir, where participants observed the ongoing renovation and insulation of 1000 housing units. These activities aim to reduce heating consumption for tenants, decrease CO2 emissions, achieve EPB standards, and improve living comfort.

For the second part of the tour, participants then moved to the GreenBizz Energy Community to visit the GreenBizz complex, which hosts sustainable startups. The Energy Community, co-developed in partnership with GreenBizz, Citydev, CSTC, and facilitated by Sibelga, brings together 20 companies located in the production workshops at GreenBizz since 2021.

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