These progresses were reviewed in the annual consortium meeting of the European initiative, which was celebrated between the 10th and 12th of June
The construction sector is the European largest consumer of energy (around 40%) and the leader in greenhouse gases emissions (around 36%). To revert this situation, the sector needs new methodologies for refurbishment to obtain Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), in order to reduce the housing sector environmental impact.
The REZBUILD Project, backed by the H2020 European programme, is aligned with the objective of creating a more sustainable construction sector.
Since the initiative kicked off, the REZBUILD’s partners have been working on defining a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock. To achieve that goal the consortium in charge of the project is developing a collaborative advanced platform based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to different residential renovation typologies. The development of this technological tool and the three demo sites where the initiative is testing its smart and innovative technologies have made significant advances in the last year.
The main progresses achieved were reviewed in the annual consortium meeting of REZBUILD Project, which was celebrated between the 10th and 12th of June.
In the meeting the partners addressed the status of the different tasks related to the work packages led by them. The definition of renovation strategies by the University of Nottingham has been completed. Also, the development and integration of open BIM files and tools within the collaborative refurbishment ecosystem was finished by RIMOND.
ESTIA partner communicated as well the progresses achieved in the development of the refurbishment ecosystem based on an agile project management tool and definition of data management and the development of complementary front-ends according to the stakeholder profile. These milestones will be essential to the success of the project.
In addition, REZBUILD Project’s meeting analysed the advances on the different three demo sites where the initiative is testing these technologies. These demo sites are 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).
In these business scenarios, REZBUILD Project has driven participatory processes with the local neighbours. Different workshops, personal interviews and surveys have been helpful to acknowledge their energetic consumption habits and their behaviour regarding the technologies applied in the demo sites.
The Agenda of the 2020th consortium meeting was divided in 5 different sessions with the participation of all the partners of the initiative: Officinae Verdi Group (Italy), Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), 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 (SPAIN).
The REZBUILD Project started in 2017 and it will last for more than 4 years. Its developments are significant for the construction sector and the achievement of the sustainable goals that are key in the EU Green Deal promoted by the European Commission.
REZBUILD Project organizes a webinar to offer a new perspective on how green buildings contribute to European sustainability targets
The registration process of the event, that will be celebrated on 29th of June in the framework of the 15th edition of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week, is already open
The session will address the contribution that sustainable refurbishment approaches can make to European Green Deal
According to Eurostat, households represented the 27% of energy consumption in 2017, only surpassed by the industry sector. In addition, the construction sector is responsible for the 36% of the CO2 emissions in Europe. These figures show the need for a deep retrofitting of the EU building stock to reduce households’ energy consumption, together with more sustainable construction and refurbishment approaches with low environmental impact. To offer a new perspective on this, the REZBUILD Project will organize a webinar on 29th of June to show how green buildings contribute to European sustainability targets. In order to participate in the virtual event it is necessary to register fulfilling this form.
The webinar will be celebrated in the framework of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), one of the biggest events for the renewables sector in Europe. The EUSEW 15th edition will take place between the 22 nd and the 26th of June under the theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’. Besides the activities scheduled during the Five-day event, the organization will extend the initiative until the end of the month with additional conferences.
The REZBUILD Project, backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, will have an active role in that extended programme with the organization of the webinar ‘Efficient Buildings and houses: partnering for the SDGs and the European Green Deal’, that will take place next monday at 10:00 AM.
The webinar will address the relevance of boosting collaboration among all the stakeholders of the construction sector to promote the uptake of new and green recovery and fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
During the session, that will bring together the main actors of the sector (tenants, house owners, architects, construction material companies and public authorities), each representative will express their view on how their respective activities have been transformed in the last five year in order to be aligned with the SGDs.
The participants will also analyse which should be the next steps for the sector to fully contribute to the achievement of the European Green Deal targets.
Specifically, the webinar speakers will be Elena Ruiz, from the International Department of Forética, an organization focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility; Fernando Sigchos, Communication Manager from European Builders Confederation (EBC); Veronika Schröpfer, Head of EU Research Projects and member of Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); Bonifacio Felix López-Rey Gómez, from the Orcasitas Neighbors Association (Madrid); and Alfonso Pescador, Senior R&D Project Manager from the REZBUILD partner Placo Saint-Gobain. The webinar will be moderated by Susana Garayoa, the Communication Manager of REZBUILD Project and European Communication projects Manager of ZABALA Innovation Consulting.
Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project’s main goal is to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.
The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), 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 (SPAIN).
The European Commission has launched an open consultation to receive feedback from the building renovation stakeholders
According to the European Commission, the construction sector is the largest energy consumer in the continent and is responsible for approximately 40% of the EU energy consumption. For this reason, the building sector renovation will be essential in order to achieve the goals of gas emissions reduction in Europe.
As part of the commitments in the European Green Deal, the European Commission is preparing a Renovation Wave for public and private buildings to address the current low decarbonisation and energy renovation rates across the EU.
With the aim of gathering the views of the key actors of the sector to make this initiative more effective, the European Commission opened the 11th of June a public consultation on boosting the renovation of buildings across Europe. The survey, which you can find it here, aims to receive feedback on the types of buildings its Renovation Wave initiative should focus on.
This initiative is a priority for the recovery plan needed for the European Union after the pandemic situation due to the Covid-19 illness. The project’s goals are optimising building renovation across Europe and encouraging the investment and financing in this sustainable strategy.
The consultation will be open until the 9th of July and aims to gather input from the most relevant stakeholders of the European refurbishment network. This autumn, after the Commission analyses the results of this public survey, the European organization intend to publish a strategic communication and an action plan with concrete measures to deploy faster and deeper renovation.
REZBUILD Project, an initiative backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, is totally in line with the European climate objectives. The main goal of the initiative is to develop one refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.
Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), 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.