The European Commission has launched a consultation on the establishment of the Smart Readiness Indicator to help ensure that building owners are aware of the benefits that smart technologies can bring

European authorities are working on reversing the impact that construction sector has as a massive energy consumer and main contributor to GHG emissions. With the aim of making building owners, occupants and other interested parties an important part of the solution, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the Smart Readiness Indicator to rise awareness of the significant benefits that smart technologies and ICT can bring to buildings, particularly in terms of improved energy performance and enhanced comfort and well-being.

“The SRI is a new instrument to rate the smart readiness of buildings, to be established under the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) 2018/844. The aim of the consultation is to collect a broad feedback on some of the structuring factors of the SRI scheme, in order to inform and orient the policy making process”, has the EC informed in a statement.

The consultation, that will be open until 3 October 2019, is part of the provisions of the EPBD that support modernisation of buildings in the EU, including through a wider and faster uptake of smart technologies.

This initiative is in addition to other important actions taken in order to tackle the refurbishment of existing residential buildings as a top priority within the European energy and climate change policies.

In fact, the REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 European programme, is also a part of the efforts made with the aim to create a green and sustainable housing sector in Europe. This initiative pursues making a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock.

REZBUILD project is working on the integration of innovation technologies in order to pave the way towards an annual renovation building rate of 2,5% instead of current rates lower than 1%.

This project, started in October of 2017, will run for 4 years and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

The REZBUILD Project is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The rest of the partners are Vias y Construcciones (Spain), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.