About the project

Project acronym: EE-HIGHRISE
Supported by the European Commission within the 7. Framework Programme
EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
Grant agreement No.: 285209
Starting date: 1st of January 2013
Project duration: 3 years

Coordinator: Akropola, d.o.o. Dunajska 21, SI1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Overall aim

The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate and validate new technologies, concepts, and systems used in EE-HIGHRISE project, in order to test and assess the technological and economical feasibility of innovative energy solutions in high rise demo building Eco Silver House, and to contribute directly to the EU energy and climate change policy.

Buildings are at the core of the EU’s prosperity. They are important to achieve EU's energy savings targets and to combat climate change whilst contributing to energy security. An enormous unrealized savings potential lies dormant in buildings. More energy efficient buildings provide better living conditions and save money to all citizens.
In low energy buildings, as much as 80% of the operational costs can be saved through integrated design solutions; however there is still a limited market uptake. So far, around 20.000 low energy houses have been built in Europe of which approximately 17.000 in Germany and Austria alone.

The fundamental principles of sustainable development of a high rise building are reflected in EE-HIIGHRISE through comprehensive planning of the energy efficiency project savings, among other with renewable energy sources, perfect thermal insulation, wall soundproofing, high-quality air conditioning system with a recuperator, sun protection, extremely rational air-conditioning appliances, intelligent control and management of electric and mechanical devices, machinery and tools, ecological materials, use of rainwater, micro solar power station on the roof, green roof etc. The building is designed to fulfil the requirement for: the passive standard (PHPP07) with the consumption of 10 kWh/ m2 energy for heating per year. The most important innovations of the EE-HIIGHRISE are the integration of the building envelope – HVAC system, intelligent integrated control system and renewable energy sources, fulfilment of the passive standard for a high rise building with 11 floors and 128 residential units.

TECHNIQUE IN THE APARTMENTS Systems and equipments in the apartments related to the ICC (Intelligent control centre
HEATING district heating / radiators
HOT WATER HEATING 30% energy savings for DHW heating
VENTILATION SYSTEM constant exchange of air in the apartments
CHILLING air duct integrated into the ventilation system
COOLING integrated systems for automatic mode to ensure the comfort and pleasantness in the apartments
EXTERNAL BLINDS automated external blinds / solar gains in winter and shading in the summer
LIGHTS CONTROL living rooms / other rooms as an option
SOCKET CONTROL selected socket in the apartment
IP VIDEODOMOFON remote control for residents, vehicles access to the garage and other entrances
BIOMETRICS DOOR OPENERS independent biometric reader for accessing into building
CHARGING POINTS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES 4-16 charging points in garage / charged energy data on ICC
SMART COUNTERS electricity, district heating, water, energy obtained from SE<
RAINWATER HARVESTING/ COLLECTING rainwater collecting system on the roof for flush toilet’s tanks
ALARM / TECHNICAL SECURITY independent alarm in each apartment / entrances, common areas and garage
WEATHER STATION measuring current weather data/ on the roof, using of measured weather data on ICC
DIGITAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS fiber optic connection to apartments


The key objective of the EE-HIGHRISE is to make interested stakeholders aware of the project outcomes and disseminate them in wider EU sustainable building community. Different stakeholders in the supply and value chain of a sustainable building will be systematically informed about project results and options for their exploitation. Awareness and dissemination activities will take place in the whole project life and beyond.
Potential stakeholders for awareness, dissemination, and partly training activities are the following:

  • Users and tenants are key actors and can provide their expectations and validation of the project results. They will be trained to enable proper use and exploitation of sustainable technologies embedded in the building.
  • Public and private clients and investors in housing and real-estate: they can prepare new design requirements and offer their clients new generation of buildings with sustainable solutions.
  • Architects, design and engineering organisations and their associations: design data and replications of the model for different environments/locations will support their design decisions. General information about the demonstration building and EE-HIGHRISE results will be widely spread among architects (mainly SMEs) on national levels, and ACE and national architects associations.
  • Producers, providers of services and installers of building systems, components, products and services and their national, European and international associations: they can improve their products and services based on validation and assessment information gathered within EE-HIGHRISE project
  • Local Authorities & National/Regional Public Bodies and promoters in energy efficiency and sustainable building: they are key players as policy makers, responsible for favourable legislative framework creation, public procurements,
  • Education and training organisations: they can improve their training programmes for developing new skilled installers and other workers in energy efficient buildings.
  • Research and development community in sustainable building: these organisations can initiate new R&D projects in different technological fields of sustainable building, and participate in exploitation and technology transfer of EE-HIGHRISE project with training, consultation, supervision or commissioning services.
  • TPs and other industry initiatives in EE field and their actors/members: ECTP, a group of NTPs, other related TPs in EU: promoting and supporting the development of policies and funding programmes in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable building.
  • IRC and technology markets: technology transfer of the innovative solutions and technologies.


The EE – HIGHRISE consortium consists of 10 partners from 5 different EU countries. All the partners have experiences related to the project’s content and will ensure successful implementation of the project. In the consortium will participate:

  • 6 SMEs, of that 2 architectural buros,
  • R&D and consultant organization,
  • Construction cluster,
  • 2 universities.