End user benefits
 

Brochure in 4 languages: Why Nearly Zero Energy Buildings are the Right Choice

One of the main outcomes of the CoNZEBs project is the brochure for occupants (tenants and owners of their apartment). It informs about experiences, expectations and co-benefits of living in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) and is available in four national versions (German, Danish, Italian and Slovenian).

The brochure

  • explains what a Nearly Zero Energy Building is,
  • summarises the advantages of living in multi-family NZEBs and
  • presents the results of the CoNZEBs end-user survey on expectations to and experiences with living in such high energy perfoming buildings.
  • Besides it deals with some prejudices (myths) regarding high energy efficient buildings and
  • presents one exemplary NZEB in each country.

 

The national versions of the brochures can be downloaded from below:

German brochure

Danish brochure

Italian brochure

Slovenian brochure

Report: What do occupants know really know and want from NZEBs?

The CoNZEBs team has compiled and conducted a survey in four countries (Germany, Denmark, Italy and Slovenia) to learn about the opinion of end-users in multi-family houses (NZEBs or other building energy performance levels) regarding:

  • their expectations or experiences with living in NZEBs
  • their potential doubts and fears
  • their knowledge about the used technologies for achieving the NZEBs level
  • the quality of life in such buildings
  • the relative impact of NZEBs on the real estate value

The report "Common report on interviews with end‐users in NZEBs" summarises the findings of the questionnaire and interviews and is the basis of the guide "Why Nearly Zero Energy Buildings are the Right Choice - Experiences, expectations, and co-benefits of living in NZEBs".

Download the report here.

We want your opinion: Take part in a survey on living in high-performance buildings!

CoNZEBs has developed a questionnaire for end-users living or thinking about living in multi-family buildings. These buildings may be ordinary buildings as we are used to them now or they can be advanced, high energy performance buildings such as Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs). NZEBs will become mandatory after 2020, according to EU legislation. First buildings of this kind have already been built and are currently in use.

We are asking for your opinion, based on your personal experiences, conversations with friends and neighbours, media or technical literature. Do you have any questions and open dilemmas regarding living in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings? Please share them with us.

The questionnaire shall not take more than 10 minutes of you time. Your opinion will be very helpful for developing a CONZEBs information platform for future users of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. The deadline for your contribution is 30 April 2018.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The CoNZEBs team

Link to the questionnaire

Extract of the survey on living in high-performance buildings.

What‘s special about living in NZEBs?

CoNZEBs is learning through surveys about the opinion of end-users in existing and future multi-family NZEBs regarding their expectations and experiences with living in NZEBs, their potential doubts and fears about the use of technologies and the quality of life in such buildings and the relative impact of NZEBs on the real-estate value.

Apart from topics like low energy consumption, increased share of RES and less emissions and energy costs, the interviews with end-users are also covering other co-benefits of living in NZEBs that are relevant to sustainable building and the real-estate sector. Possible drawbacks or challenges in connection with living in NZEBs are taken into account as well.

The results of the survey and findings will provide the background for a small guide (“Why to live in a NZEB”/”Why NZEBs are more than just energy saving”) intended for end-users living in multi-family NZEBs and for the housing associations to convince their tenants of benefits and co-benefits of living in such buildings. The aim of the guide is also to contribute to the public acceptance of the importance of reducing the energy use in buildings.

The results will be documented in two public reports:

- “Common report on interviews with end-users in NZEBs”

- “Guide for end-users in NZEBs“