University of Ljubljana Works on the HEART Project Worth Almost 6 Million Euros
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana participates actively in strategic international projects and collaborates with the Slovenian and foreign companies in the development of new technological solutions. One of them is the HEART project worth € 5,600,000 under the Obzorje 2020 programme. The project is developed by the Laboratory of Heating, Sanitary and Solar Technology and Air Conditioning under the direction of Prof. Dr. Uroš Stritih.
The HEART project stands for Holistic Energy and Architectural Retrofit Toolkit. In the Laboratory of Heating, Sanitary and Solar Technology and Air Conditioning of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, the project is developed in cooperation with the Milan Polytechnic University, project coordinator, and 14 other European partners.
In September 2017, after agreeing on the project, they received a certificate of excellence at the highest scientific level. The European Commission will fund the project from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.
The content of the project affects the construction sector. Its task is to follow the objectives of the European Commission and by the end of 2050, while building and restoring existing facilities, to reduce the consumption of primary resources by 80%. This can be achieved by erecting low-energy buildings. Therefore, within the framework of the project, it is envisaged to create a software toolkit that provides a comprehensive energy and architectural reconstruction of buildings.
Dr. Uroš Stritih explains that the role of the Faculty is to integrate and optimize insulation materials in buildings in combination with other building technology systems. He also notes that the toolkit will be useful for designing new buildings as well as for the energy supply of existing buildings.