Energy efficiency is affiliated with national and global policies, living standards and environmental protection, the very same parameters that determine sustainable architecture. The duality of architecture – as art and as science – enables the synergy between creativity and technology as well as design and functionality, influencing both people and the environment. This belief reflects e2 architects’ conviction and defines every project as a new, individual and professional approach. Their projects include a variety of sustainable buildings in rural and urban context in several European countries.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Green Building Rating System is a framework for identifying, implementing, and measuring green building and neighborhood design, construction, operations, and maintenance. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based tool which serves as a guideline and assessment mechanism for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance, green buildings and neighborhoods. LEED emphasizes integrated design, appropriate integration of existing technology, and use of state-of-the-art strategies to advance expertise in green building and transform professional practice [Foundations of LEED, U.S. Green Building Council].
BREEAM is an internationally recognized sustainability assessment method for buildings. Since its launch in 1990, BREEAM has certified over half a million buildings and is now active in more than 89 countries around the world. Using independent, licensed assessors, BREEAM examines scientifically based criteria covering a range of issues in sections that evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transport, materials, waste, land use, ecology and management processes.
The EPBD requires all new buildings from 2021 (public buildings from 2019) to be nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB). According to Article 2 “nearly zero-energy building” means a building that has a very high energy performance, as determined in accordance with Annex I. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent from renewable sources, including sources produced on-site or nearby.
Energy efficiency assessments
// Conception and design of sustainable buildings
// Dynamic energy simulations for buildings and open spaces, using latest proven advanced technologies (building stock analysis, GIS analysis, dynamic energy simulation, LCA&LCC analysis)
// Retrofitting assessments of existing buildings
// Energy audits and in-situ measurements (thermography, humidity, indoor air quality, airtightness etc.)
// Building Certification according to national, European and globally recognized standards (Passivhaus, nZEB, LEED, ISO 50001 etc.)
e// architects were founded in 2009 by Andreas Mermigas and Ifigeneia Theodoridou. They both studied Architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany with key area of expertise energy efficiency and sustainability. They have worked in several offices in Europe and met again in 2009 to create “e2 architects”.
Andreas and Ifigeneia believe in team-work. Over the past years they have created valuable collaborations with fellow engineers, researchers and colleagues. They are open to new ideas and alliances.
Andreas Mermigas – Co-founder
Andreas studied Architectural Engineering at the TU Darmstadt in Germany. He has worked as an Architect and Energy Efficiency Consultant in various European countries until 2009, when he co-founded e2 architects. He is a certified Energy Consultant (German Certification TUD) and Thermographer (Level 1- Swedish Certification Center ITC). He also holds the LEED AP BD+C (U.S. Green Building Council) title.
Ifigeneia Theodoridou – Co-founder
Ifigeneia studied Architectural Engineering at the TU Darmstadt in Germany. She holds a PhD from the TU Darmstadt regarding large-scale urban retrofitting measures and is a certified nZEB trainer and Energy Auditor (Energieberater – TUD, 2009). Since 2017 she teaches at the International Hellenic University and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Patras in Greece.
Katerina has a Diploma in Architecture Engineering (School of Architecture of AUTH) and a Master’s Degree in Graphic Arts – Multimedia MA (School of Applied Arts of HOU). She has extensive experience in Architectural Design on Building Projects and Architectural Studies for interior and exterior spaces.
Giannis is a graduate of Production and Management Engineering (DUTH) and a postgraduate student of Energy Building Design (IHU) & Economic Studies (DUTH). He holds considerable expertise in the areas of mechanical processes and energy analysis in the built environment (MEP, HVAC, Renewable Energy Sources).
Sofia holds a master’s degree in Marketing from VU in Amsterdam, NL, and a master’s degree in e-Business and Digital Marketing from IHU in Thessaloniki, GR. Her working experience is focusing on branding, social media and content creation.
Grigoris holds an MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University. He has a longtime experience as a Cloud Data Engineer as well as on the design and development of complex IT systems on the cloud. He is the technology supervisor of e2 architects’ research projects, such as the Re-Polis platform.
Thanasis in an experienced energy expert with a demonstrated history of working in design, elaboration, Project Management and Risk Assessment of energy efficiency and sustainability projects in both the industrial and building sector. He is active in the design and supervision of energy efficient and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and is an asset rating energy auditor (Certified Energy Auditor International – CEA, ISO 50001 & ISO 14001).