Solar Buildings Workstream holds second New European Bauhaus Brainstorm session with Ruth Reichstein

Today our CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger and the chairperson of the solar building working group (Akuo), Alexandra Sombsthay, met with Ruth Reichstein, Advisor at I.D.E.A., the European Commission Presidential Advisory Board. 

SolarPower Europe has been committed to making the New European Bauhaus a success, ever since it was first announced by Commission President von Der Leyen on 16 September 2020, ahead of the publication of the Renovation Wave Strategy. At that time, the Solar Buildings Workstream held a first brainstorming session to provide input to the European Commission.  

As a result of the first session, it became clear that the New European Bauhaus is a unique opportunity to create a multidisciplinary ecosystem to pilot and prototype new concepts and scale up technologies across the EU. There are also key opportunities for driving the energy system integration of buildings, by adapting building design and urban planning. Two principles will be key to achieve these twin objectives:  

  1. Form follows function, one of the founding principles of the original Bauhaus, which would seek to ensure that beautiful design and urban planning is both sustainable and useful to EU citizens. 
  1. Democratisationso that all citizens can take part in, and benefit from, a European Green Deal that creates jobs and makes sustainability accessible to all. 

Ms. Reichstein outlined the principles behind the New European Bauhaus. The New European Bauhaus will seek to overcome three interrelated, sometimes conflicting, challenges: driving sustainability, an attractive style, and guaranteeing inclusiveness of the green transition. To overcome these challenges, the New European Bauhaus will foster an interdisciplinary approach, so that all sectors that promote sustainable solutions engage with each other.  

co-design process was launched on 18 January, so that anyone interested could provide feedback to the European Commission on this subject. Information sessions will be organised in the weeks to come, with the first one held on Monday the 15 February from 11:00-12:00. A call for lighthouse projects will be launched later this year, followed by subsequent calls in the next years. The European Commission is also planning to award a “European Bauhaus” prize for which a call will be opened soon. 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to be part of SolarPower Europe’s contribution to the New European Bauhaus don’t hesitate to get in touch with the coordinator of the Solar Buildings Workstream, Miguel Herrero

Top: Building Integrated Photovoltaics (c) Akuo Energy,
Bottom: Bauhaus (c)

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