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The municipality as constructor: Towards carbon neutral buildings


One key to solving the climate problem can be found in the building sector: private households in the Alps are responsible for over one third of final energy consumption. This energy, mostly produced using fuel oil and natural gas, is largely used for the heating and cooling of rooms. Old, badly insulated houses in turn constitute the largest proportion of buildings in the Alps. It is clear that the building sector has great potential as regards climate protection.
Significantly reducing CO2 emissions and improving the quality of life must therefore be achieved through energy-efficient restoration with the use of ecological materials. The appropriate rules are also determined by the cities in which some two thirds of the Alpine population live.

The focus of the workshop being held on 19 September 2013 in Gap, France, is on the municipalities as clients for construction projects. How should they build? Where are the greatest challenges? How can a municipality persuade its residents of the need for energy-efficient restoration and building works? Some of the answers are provided by the “Alpine Towns of the Year” of Bozen/Bolzano in Italy and Sonthofen in Germany.

The French pilot regions for the Alpstar project give practical examples and tips, as well as illustrating possible stumbling blocks. In the ski resort of Les Orres, the accent is on the application of technology and energy-efficient restoration; the Queyras regional nature park specialises in the considerate renovation of historic buildings; while in the department of Isère, the project partners are addressing the economic consequences of climate change for social housing. All of these examples will be related during the course of walks through the gardens of Charance.

Participants will learn about projects in Gap, the Alpine Town of the Year in 2002: there will be visits to two municipal buildings and trials of France’s first free bus system. 



Alpstar guidelines for climate strategies
Alpstar best practice database 

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 Helmuth Moroder, Stadt Bozen


 Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA International


 Jérémy Nahmiyaz, Pays S.U.D


 Emmanuel Jeanjean, Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras


Martine Marlois, Ville de Gap


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