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About the Project Longlife
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Longlife aims to optimize methods and construction, to adapt and implement new technologies for buildings and to harmonize building procedures between participating countries.
Longlife will develop practices, innovative technologies, unified procedures and guidelines for and subsequently the design of a prototype of a sustainable, energy efficient and resource saving residential building in the Baltic Sea Region.
Longlife guidelines and unified procedures for energy efficiency, sustainability, resource saving buildings and low lifecycle costs will lead to a reduction of energy consumption during a building’s life cycle.
The above mentioned knowledge will be transferred between Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Russia and can and should be applied in other countries too. Through this transfer differences in practices, technologies, procedures, rules and institutional structures in the Baltic Sea Region will hence be minimized.
Longlife has five work packages.
  • Work package 1 is project management.
  • Work package 2 is communication and information.
  • Work package 3 is analysis and comparison.
  • Work package 4 is development of standards.
  • Work package 5 is prototype design.
Existing procedures for planning permit and tendering, practices for developing and operating housing and technologies for construction of buildings are gathered and analyzed for the participating countries in workp package 3. This comparative overview as output will already lead to added transnational value. In work package 4 requirements and guidelines will be jointly developed to improve the existing procedures, practices and technologies to new, innovative and higher standards under the aspects of energy efficiency, sustainability, resource saving buildings and low lifecycle costs. The output in form of a guideline is an added transnational value and is intended to be used by authorities, chambers, association etc. for future legislation and as a definition of obliging standards.

The developed requirements, procedures and technologies will be jointly implemented in a prototype residential building in work package 5. This will be done in a “bottom up” approach – start from the existing level and improve in little steps - and a “top down” approach – define the state of the art. The prototype will be adapted at the end for country specific requirements.
The output is a completely designed residential building. The documents will be handed over and can be used by regional, national and EU-bodies, planners, housing associations, developers, companies and SME’s to foster a subsequent “realization” of the prototype as pilot project and to prepare concrete investments. The prototype building will be certificated as a sustainable building.
The good practice solutions and innovative technologies should also be applied to other building types like kinder gardens, hospitals and offices.
Longlife will also propose elements for future financing through EU funds.
Longlife is working with the method of competence teams. Universities for science, administration for procedures and housing associations for practice, develop and share the knowledge in the transnational context. Faculties of civil engineering and architecture of universities, National and regional authorities, housing associations and building companies from Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Russia work jointly in national units and competence teams.
The establishment of the "BAltic Sea Housing Development Association – BASHDA“will continue the cooperation after conclusion of the project Longlife
Berlin Institute of Technology, Institute of Architecture, Department Design and Structure (TEK) is the lead partner.
The project duration is from January 2009 until January 2012. The total project budget is 2, 4 Mio EUR.
The project Longlife is supported by the Baltic Sea Region Programme from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Rückert
Head of Department Design and Structure, Institute of Architecture
Technische Universität Berlin
www.tek.tu-berlin.de
© Longlife 2010
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