Historic buildings represent one of the biggest challenges for improving energy efficiency in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region. The Energy Pathfinder project aims to support owners of historic buildings by building an on-line Tool Kit for achieving Near Zero Energy Building Standards in historic buildings. Energy Pathfinder will draw from the experience of 5 demonstrator sites, focusing on cooperative design processes involving users and residents, gaining knowledge from different retrofit measures, renewable energy installations and how users engage towards improved energy behaviour. Energy Pathfinder will monitor actual energy use in demonstrator historic buildings, both before and after retrofit, and establish the benefit of different proposed measures, providing data for the online toolkit. Results from the project will then be widely distributed and promoted to encourage and support future Near Zero Energy Building standards to historic buildings.
Energy Pathfinder is led by Cork Centre for Architectural Education and involves five other partners from Ireland, Sweden, Finland and the Faroe Islands supported by the European Union through the Interreg programme for the Northern Periphery and Arctic region.