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New advances in the technological platform and the three demo sites of REZBUILD Project

By |2020-06-24T07:50:27+01:00June 24th, 2020|News|

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), Exploded View (Spain), 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

By |2020-06-24T07:26:17+01:00June 23rd, 2020|News|

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), Explodedview, Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA (SPAIN).

A public survey to gather the views of the key actors of the European construction sector

By |2020-06-17T12:00:30+01:00June 17th, 2020|News|

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.

REZBUILD’s partners gather in the annual meeting to discuss the latest advances of the project

By |2020-06-09T07:50:35+01:00June 9th, 2020|News|

Between the 10th and the 12th of June, the members of the consortium of the European initiative participate in a virtual reunion to analyse the situation of the different work packages and decide the following steps

Annually since the project kicked off, REZBUILD’s partners gather in order to discuss the advances that have been taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year’s annual meeting will be different, because it will take place in a virtual way due to the current pandemic situation.

REZBUILD Project, which is backed by H2020 European programme, is aimed to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe. The members of the consortium of this initiative will analyse between the 10th and 12th of June the results of every partner’s contribution and decide which will be the next steps.

The meeting will start with an introduction and welcome guided by OVERDI, REZBUILD Project’s coordinator. The firm has been also in charge of managing the agenda of the three days event.

After that, the different partners of the initiative will present their advances in the work packages that they are responsible for.

All the program is divided in 5 sessions. The key actors of the first one will be OVERDI, which will present WP10 (Project Management), and SINTEF, which will present WP7 (Replicability and Impact Assessment).

In the second session, OVERDI and MAETRICS will start presenting WP5, focused on Monitoring & Commissioning. Then, VIAS will introduce its advances in WP4 with the first part of a workshop about demonstration. This will be followed by a general overview by VIAS; a KPIs calculation in Demos by all the partners; the Quality Management Plan drafts all together; the Methodology issues and application in Demo Sites by RIMOND; a Retrofitting Plan per each Demo definition and implementation by the APM tool guided by the full consortium; and the use of the APM tool in demos (Schedule and first provisional conclusions) directed by VIAS and OVERDI.

The Day 2 of the meeting will start with the second part of the Demonstration work package discussion. The partners will analyse the work progress and the achievements made until the 32nd month of the initiative. In this space, UNOTT will introduce the Demo Sites detail designs validation, VIAS the implementation in Demo Site 1, OBOS the implementation in Demo Site 2, OVERDI the implementation in Demo Site 3 and MAETRICS and ESTIA will present the integration of BEMs in these three pilots.

Following that, ESTIA will lead the session 4 with a discussion about WP3, which is about the Collaborative refurbishment ecosystem based on APM tool. The session will be finished with the APM platform demo sites application driven by the sites responsibles: OVERDI, ESTIA, VIAS and RIMOND.

The 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).

Finally, this year’s meeting will have a session 5 that will be focused in three different work packages of REZBUILD Project: Business Modelling (WP6) by OVERDI, Dissemination, Communication, Training, Social Assessment and Ethics (WP8) by ZABALA, and Workshop Exploitation, IPR and Standardization (WP9) by ZABALA.

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.

 

A new approach on the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock

By |2020-04-23T09:13:28+01:00April 23rd, 2020|News|

The European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has launched a report about the importance of making more sustainable the construction sector

According to the European Commission, the 40% of the EU’s energy is consumed by buildings, which make this sector the largest energy consumer from Europe. In addition, these buildings are responsible for the 36% of the CO2 emissions of the continent and nowadays almost the 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.

In order to stimulate renovation and investment in energy efficient buildings, the European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has launched a report that focuses deeply on the sustainable potential of European Union’s building stock.

The document introduces the areas that are crucial to the creation of a renovation wave capable of improving the lifestyle of citizens, the quality of buildings and achieving the climate ambitions of the European Union.

Neighbourhoods and communities, construction technologies and building materials, standards, digitalisation and the renovation wave are the key points presented in this report.

The REZBUILD Project, which is focused on developing a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock, is completely aligned with the European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy view.

Saint Gobain, one of the partners of the initiative, backed by EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, has contributed to this report, that wants to add valuable information to boost investment in energy efficient buildings as a useful tool to reduce energy poverty and carbon emissions in Europe.

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 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).

REZBUILD Project continues to develop advanced technologies to renovate the building sector in Europe

By |2019-12-13T11:14:15+00:00December 13th, 2019|News|

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.

The European space, an opportunity to boost science and technology initiatives in the field of environment and climate change

By |2019-12-11T16:48:01+00:00December 11th, 2019|News|

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).

Conclusiones y Clausura VI Congreso Edificios Energía Casi Nula

By |2019-12-11T16:53:27+00:00November 14th, 2019|impacts|

Conclusiones y Clausura del VI Congreso Edificios Energía Casi Nula con la participación de José María García Gómez, director general de Vivienda y Rehabilitación de la Comunidad de Madrid; Ángel Niño Quesada, Concejal del Área Delegada de Emprendimiento, Empleo e Innovación del Ayuntamiento de Madrid; e Inés Leal, directora del Congreso Edificios Energía Casi Nula.

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