The Cyprus Institute (Cyl): CyI and Nicosia Municipality Sign MoU on Adopting Novel Energy Efficiency Strategies for New Buildings and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings

The Cyprus Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Municipality of Nicosia, agreeing to reinforce their collaboration on issues of common interest related to the adaptation of a Building Information Modeling (BIM) strategy to promote methods and good practises for the preservation and refurbishment of existing building and construction of new buildings.

The Cyprus Institute, in collaboration with the Municipality of Nicosia, participates in the European Research Programme “BIM for Energy Efficiency in the Public sector” (ENIMED BEEP project), which developed an innovative methodology based on integration of digital technologies, tested in public buildings of cultural heritage, such as the proposed Municipal Museum on Markou Drakou Street. Among other actions related to architectural heritage, the main objective of this Memorandum of Understanding is to define a joint strategy between Τhe Cyprus Institute and the Nicosia Municipality for the use of innovative digital methods and tools for the study, preservation and safeguarding of Cultural Heritage, especially in processes of renovation of buildings and optimization of their energy efficiency.

The signing ceremony was held at the Mayor’s office at the Municipality of Nicosia, οn Wednesday, October 26, 2022. The MoU was signed on behalf of the Municipality of Nicosia by its Mayor, Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis, and on behalf of The Cyprus Institute by its President, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas. Attending the ceremony were also Assistant Vice-President for Strategy and Development, Dr Konstantinos Kleovoulou, Assistant Prof. Georgios Artopoulos, Ms. Myria Pilakouta, Municipal Secretary, and Mr. Costas Mavrokordatos, Architect of the Municipality.

The methodology of the BEEP Project incorporates the use of Building Information Modeling and Energy Simulation to pursue the optimisation of the energy performance of buildings. This knowledge will provide the Municipality of Nicosia with a powerful method for the energy efficient renovation of cultural heritage buildings, offering innovative solutions to promote energy retrofit through the Energy Performance Agreement, a new strategy to be supported with private funds.

In a period where the sustainable use and reactivation of the historic centre  of Nicosia is one of the main objectives of the local authorities, a crucial factor for the successful revitalisation of the city is the coordination of the relevant stakeholders, so that through the incentives offered to the owners of the building stock this important architectural heritage, which is threatened daily by the effects of neglect and climate change will be preserved and safeguarded.

More information about the project can be found here.

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