NewBEE is a three-year (2012-2015) research project, funded by European Commission’s FP 7, with participants from six countries.

The majority of European buildings dates from 1950’s to 1970’s, and is in a growing need of refurbishment.

The starting point for the project was a) The majority of European buildings, dating back to post-war decades, from 1950’s to 1970’s. Now this vast body of built environment is facing a growing need of refurbishment. and b) The increasing cost of energy and the availability of emerging technologies in the fields of mechanical engineering, energy monitoring and renewable energy, are expected to boost the global market for low carbon solutions.

However, financial, organizational and social innovation is required to ramp up the transformation towards more sustainable buildings. Performance based business models have to be introducedto serve different property owners according to their needs. NewBEE project addressed these needs by developing a NewBEE system concept, which consisted of a web-platform and methodology.

Successful refurbishment is not just engineering.

Tengbom Eriksson Architects joined the project, for special interest was in public housing companies (i.e. municipal housing companies, trusts etc.), for they need skilled design and affordable, durable solutions. Successful refurbishment is not just engineering, though HVAC tends to play a big role in the public discussion.

The participating companies were asked to give feedback for the specification and development of the NewBEE system and test it in a case study with their clients. Ideally the piloting of the NewBEE methodology meant that a real world client was needed. Tengbom Eriksson Architects aim was to:

  • * Analyze the current condition, client requirements and improvement potential of the case building.
  • * Identify appropriate solutions to improve the energy performance of the case building.
  • * Develop the internal project flow, client-architect communication, documentation and project practices.
  • * Set up new partnerships in order to provide the building owner with an integrated solution.
  • * Apply the most appropriate business model (whether departing from an already existing “best practice” or a novel business model generated by the tool) for the proposed solution/service.