EU-funded project aiming to recuperate and restore a heritage building in Iasi respecting energy efficiency standards.
This EU-funded project aimed recuperate and restore the heritage building in Iasi respecting energy efficiency standards. The building is intended for Iasi Municipal Museum, an institution whose purpose is to promote and rediscover the history of the old city.
The project included the a building restoration of about 1000 m2. The building elements were kept as much as possible like the original. Regarding energy efficiency there is a permanent conflict between conservation and exposure of exhibits for museums. On the one hand minimal fluctuations of room temperature (21 °C +/– 3 C), humidity and air flow, as well as low light and ultraviolet radiation are required, in order to reduce ageing of samples to minimum. On the other hand, visitors and staff demand thermal comfort, air quality, room illumination, and visual perception of objects.
Thermal active room surfaces, low air change ventilation, heating and cooling, controlled day-lighting were used for the museum building.
Thermal capacity of indoor room surfaces in combination with chilled / heated ceilings, floors and walls are the basic principles of a stable climate control. There are also used energy efficient windows which have an important influence on the cooling and heating demand. Windows helps to increase natural heat and decrease the need for heat to be generated artificially.

Resources needed

Restoring historic building was financed by a European-funded project and has a total value of 12.5 million lei (11.752.295,87 lei FEDR.)

Evidence of success

The building is completed renovated respecting both historical and modern requirements, providing quality spaces from the scientific and energy efficiency point of view. More than 20.000 visitors during first years of opening to public

Difficulties encountered

Restriction in material and technologies used due to historical monument rules.

Potential for learning or transfer

The Good practice is fully transferable and can be interesting for communities dealing with old abandoned historical buildings that need to be transformed in new functionalities spaces that respect also modern needs and energy efficiency requests.
Main institution
Iasi Municipality
Nord-Est, Romania (România)
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
December 2015


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