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Sustainable Refurbishment of Building Facades and External Walls SUSREF

FP 7 / Environment (including Climate Change) / Collaborative project, Small or medium scale focused research project / 226858

The main outcomes of the project are presented in the final reports of the project:
Sustainable refurbishment of exterior walls and buildings facades
Final report Part A – Methods and recommendations
Final report Part B – General refurbishment concepts
Final report Part C – Specific refurbisment concepts

Duration 2009 – 2011

Coordinator Tarja Häkkinen, VTT (

VTT SUSREF will develop new sustainable concepts and technologies for the refurbishment of building facades and external walls. The main objectives are: to identify the volumes of needs of refurbish in the EU and in neighbouring areas and evaluate the meaning of this in terms of environmental and economic impact and business potential; 

- to develop technologies for refurbishment considering different conditions and requirements and analyse these from the view point of building physics, comfort and energy efficiency.

- to assess and ensure the sustainability of the developed technologies

- to deliver sets of relevant performance specifications for sustainable refurbishment;

- to disseminate the results for building industry, standardisation bodies, and policy-makers and authorities in terms of technological knowledge, guidelines and recommendations.