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EfS student awarded with the 1st prize in the "VINCI Innovation Awards 2015" contest

Nelson Brito received the 1st prize in the category "Urban Services and the Connected City" of the "VINCI Innovation Awards 2015".


"Common Efficacy" Project


Historic Centres are privileged locations of our cities, the living legacy of centuries of evolution and innovation. As Climate Change mitigation and energy security issues demand for Energy Efficiency, many ancient buildings are either excluded from the common effort, or pushed towards “deep renovation” goals they were never designed to provide or endure. “Common Efficacy” identifies in ancient buildings’ inherent characteristics and in the natural urban stakeholders –local communities, policy actors, universities & energy service companies– a set of “win-win” opportunities: collective responses reduce operating / maintenance costs, optimize efficiency, promote inclusive neighborhoods and better Quality of Life. Community level enrollment also overcomes the fact that only informed, technically able and financially capable inhabitants –a very small number– can act consciously towards emissions reduction, and from those only a few can access the funding available. A process was developed, and can be adapted to each location. Feel free to contact to make it happen near you.