The project Urbilca will carry out the development and validation of an innovative quantitative methodology for the analysis and evaluation of the energy impacts and the equivalent CO2 emissions associated to the infrastructures, activities and services of the urban areas within the SUDOE territories, considering their whole life cycle.
Data collection as well as validation of the methodology and results will take place in 6 pilot cases (2 in Spain, 2 in France and 2 in Portugal).
The methodology will contribute to develop the software tool resulting from the EnerbuiLCA project, predecessor to Urbilca. The mentioned tool permits to evaluate the energy impacts from buildings, and therefore, a great part of the activities foreseen in Urbilca will be focused on adapting this tool for a urban area level.
This way, the project will extend the software tool EnerBuiLCA, incorporating a Life Cycle Assessment data base with environmental and technical information of the main infrastructures, activities and services within the urban areas in the SUDOE territory. Hence, it will be possible to obtain a model of the current impact of the municipalities in this area, and to present technical solutions for the minimization of their energy and environmental impacts.
This evolution will allow both expert and non-expert users to develop a self-diagnosis life cycle impact of a urban area, selecting the equipment and infrastructure with less environmental impact.
Urbilca Project aims to promote the energy and raw materials saving, and the reduction of the environmental impacts from the urban areas management during their construction, operation and maintenance. On the other hand, Urbilca also pursues to promote the use of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as evaluation technique in the design and planning of new areas, or in refitting of the already existing.
In addition, the project seeks to achieve the following goals:
Expand the scope of the previous project EnerBuiLCA, from buildings to urban areas, understood as a set of buildings, infrastructures and services.
Modelling the energy and environmental impact of the urban areas within the SUDOE territory assessing their level of sustainability and improvement options.
Promote the use of the best available technologies in the design, construction, exploitation and end of life of buildings and infrastructures within urban areas.
Establish basic criteria for the eco-design of new urban areas and the eco-refitting of existing ones, in order to help the different agents from the sector (urban planners, municipal technicians, architect and engineer firms etc.)
Generate information to be used for the guidance of public policies to reduce the environmental impact of the building sector, and for the improvement of the national legislation.
CIRCE will be responsible for the project coordination, as well as for its monitoring and evaluation, ensuring an optimum coordination between the consortium partners and the accomplishment of the deadlines.
CIRCE will also take part in the assessment of energy and environmental impact of infrastructures, services and activities in urban areas, bringing up improvements and solutions in fields such as street lighting, earthworks, municipal solid waste treatment or construction and demolition waste, among others.
Regarding sites validation, CIRCE will contribute to the selection of the pilots and their analysis, in order to lately apply on them the Urbilca tool.