The word “Efficiency”, for B01 arquitectes , means to maximize the opportunity of what you have at your disposal. Applying this concept to the built environment means to significantly improve the architectural quality and the energy performance of existing buildings. The buildings are recyclable and have multiple lives. Our action can involve old buildings of high value or relatively new ones. The intervention on buildings of ’50 and ’60 aims to improve the inside comfort and the satisfaction of the new users. We study the most suitable passive strategy of each case and we simulate the energy consumption of installation, lighting, climate control, humidity level and many other aspects that affects the inside comfort.
It is really important to understand not only the architectural issue but also the functional, economic and technical aspect; a project of retrofit must produce concrete results in the near future in terms of savings and improvements in order to compensate the initial investment. This involves also the consistent reduction in CO2 emission and to contribute to the transition towards a zero carbon society (GTR2014 of GBCe).
The Urban territory can’t grow more. Today’s need is to improve the quality of the built city. We design for new solutions for existing buildings so that this can be a boost for the city in terms of complexity, mixture, urban activity and therefore the social cohesion.