Transfer guidelines

In order to promote the use of solar thermal systems in major renovation and protected urban areas the ‘transfer guidelines’ show how e.g. communities can adapt and transfer the following issues into their implementation instruments: Available technical solar thermal solutions; Experi-ences on successful stakeholder cooperation from other communities and local initiatives; Adequate architectural integration solutions; Successful handling with protected buildings. The aim is to directly implement solar thermal into existing structures such as energy advices for renovation, permission procedures for existing buildings, operating ESCOs etc.

The four short separate transfer guidelines on:

written in English can be used as working documents by communities, energy agencies and local initiatives.



The aim of the document is to resume the key points to be considered in order to make the stakeholder cooperate on a project: This approach increases the successful results of the action and makes its realization easier.

The guideline bases on already implemented models of stakeholder cooperation in several loca-tions which have provided successful results. The cooperation models were analyzed regarding their articulation to better understand their characteristics and their criticism. Some examples are shown at the end of the guideline. On the basis of the gathered models the local actors can define their own tools with the aim of making the use of solar thermal an every-day-business.

The description of both positive and negative sides should prevent replicating past errors and open the process for local adaptation.


The guideline aims on dealing with the integration of solar thermal systems in historically classi-fied buildings. Benefiting from successful experiences the guideline intents to provide an inte-grated overview for local communities to address this issue and include these criteria in the management and conservation of their historical patrimony.

The transfer guideline can be used as working document e.g. by a community that wants to ad-dress historically classified areas and promote the integration of solar thermal systems in build-ing refurbishment plans, bearing in mind the importance of achieving a balance between classi-fied patrimony and the nowadays needs of comfort and energy efficiency. It details the present situation and the need for effective strategies when dealing with historically classified buildings, presenting solutions, methodologies and the relevant stakeholders that need to be invited to the process. Finally examples of successful initiatives are presented.


The document is a technical help for municipalities when evaluating the possibility of implement-ing solar thermal energy in a district or in a protected area of the city. The aim is to show how communities, energy agencies and municipalities in general can improve the situation for in-stalling solar thermal systems and not necessarily act as investor themselves. To do so, they have to understand the principal aspects associated with the process of decision of the proper solar thermal system. This is important to understand what the technical possibilities for a pro-posed intervention are. They also need to have the basic technical knowledge to demonstrate its feasibility in the group of competent delegations dealing with the management of the areas of the city, the realization of the urban planning, the propose of competitions in the sector of the urban rehabilitation and in general with all activities that can include the installation of solar thermal systems in the buildings of a district.

As a technical help the guideline includes:

  • A catalog of barriers and opportunities to be considered in the feasibility analysis for the installation of solar thermal systems in existing residential and/or protected buildings.
  • A decision tree that gives the municipalities all available technical solutions for implementing solar thermal systems. The tool has to be used for every typology of building of the district. Based on the results, it can be chosen what the best solution for the district is.
  • A description of the scheme of every technical solution proposed by the decision tree.
  • A proposal of activities to diffuse technical information on solar thermal systems and to keep up to date the principal actors of the decision process and of the executive projects.


The document shows how to adapt and transfer the gathered specific knowledge of architectural integration aspects into implementation instruments of communities, energy agencies etc. in order to make the implementation process as quick and direct as possible.

The transfer guideline can be used as working document e.g. by a community that wants to im-prove the architectural integration of solar thermal systems and need to create the appropriate instruments. It describes the current situation and the reasons for the lack of integration. Fur-thermore it lists possible actions and the required stakeholders as well as possible tools to im-prove the situation. Finally example activities are shown.

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