The European project celebrated a consortium meeting in Italy where partners analyzed the main goals achieved by the initiative

Two years after the REZBUILD Project started, the leading consortium of the initiative gathered in the Italian city of Venice-Mestre between the 5th and the 7th of November in order to analyse the main advances achieved by the partners in the development of advanced technologies aimed to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe.

The consortium members had the chance of exchanging knowledge, addressing the main challenges arisen within the initiative and discussing the next steps to pursue goals such as optimize the execution time of the construction works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

The meeting started with a welcome made by OVERDI, REZBUILD’s Project coordinator. After that different presentations were carried out in order to review the main achievements, opportunities and weaknesses detected in the different work packages that integrate the initiative (from WP7 to WP10).

Project management, replicability, impact assessment, exploitation, IPR, standardization, dissemination, communication, social assessment and ethics were some of the topics highlighted on the first session where, in addition of OVERDI, ZABALA and SINTEF partners shared with the rest of the experts present at the event their insights.

The second day of the meeting started with the review of the WP4 led by VIAS. In addition, two different technical workshops addressing cost-effective technology packages, retrofitting plans, contracts and permissions were celebrated during the morning session. But the leading role of this second day was for the presentations regarding the three multiscale demo sites created for testing the developments and technologies of the REZBUILD project.

The session included a visit to the Martellago demo site, which consists in a social building built in 1970 where REZBUILD partners will renovate 2/4 residential apartments.

The visit to Martellago testing zone also permitted to reinforce links with local communities through the celebration of a workshop that boosted interaction with the different agents involved in refurbishment and promoted the exchange of points of view.

The participants showed their interest in improving energy efficiency in their homes, where energy bills are very high due to the humidity problems they have at the moment. The meeting took place at the Martellago City Council and was attended by the mayor of the town and the technicians of the local institutions.

The consortium meeting was closed with a third and final day which included a presentation regarding WP6, a workshop focused on the definition of a profitability analysis and investment model and a panel of discussion where the different partners made their conclusions.

The progresses made in the project have also allowed to advance in the discussion about an overall decision making methodology focused on future exploitation of decision making tool considering the future deployment beyond project, that is foreseen has a great impact in the value chain of the building sector.

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.