The European project REZBUILD was showcased in a seminar organized by the regional government of Comunidad de Madrid to present the possibilities that European projects offer to promote biodiversity, natural resources and climate change

With the aim to share the relevance of the European space as a reference for regional science and technology policies in the field of environment and climate change, the Foundation for Knowledge of the regional Government of Comunidad de Madrid organized a seminar to show the opportunity that European programmes represent for municipalities, public administrations and the different agents of the value chain.

In the session, held in Madrid on November the 21st, the REZBUILD Project, the European initiative backed by H2020 programme with the main goal to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe, had a significant presence.

The seminar offered an overview of the European direct management programs on climate and environmental change for 2020.

The event started with the remarks made by Eugenio Fontán, General Director of Cooperation with the State and the European Union of Madrid’s regional government, and Federico Morán, General Director of the Foundation for Knowledge.

After that the session presented an overview about different European programmes such us the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, funded by the European Commission, and the Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available until 2020.

Also the director general of Biodiversity and Natural Resources of Comunidad de Madrid presented the priorities of his department regarding biodiversity, natural resources and climate change.

In the section aimed at presenting case studies of European projects, Pilar Alonso, Vicenta Rubert and Raquel Zapardiel, from the General Directorate of Housing and Rehabilitation of Comunidad de Madrid, presented the REZBUILD Project to the audience.

The event, that programmed as well several workshops and specific meetings, also served to know the progress of other European initiatives, enforce links between stakeholders and promote networking.

The REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by 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.

The technologies developed in the framework of the project are being tested in three demo sites in residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).