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Workshop to make progress in WP3 activities

  • Some REZBUILD partners met in Rome to analyse the activities developed in the framework of Work Packages 3.

REZBUILD consortium partners met from july 18th to july 19th in Rome for a technical workshop aimed at advancing in the technical development of WP3 activities within the Project. The Work Package is the one aimed at creating the ecosystem based on agile project management tools (APM).

WP3 “Collaborative refurbishment ecosystem based on agile project management tools”, is leaded by ESTIA and focuses on developing computer models for the optimisation of each technology, combination of technologies and solutions within the framework of the renovation process in each demo building. The Work Package will define an interactive and remote decision making tool as an all-in-one solution able to interconnect all the key phases of the refurbishment process. The activities will develop computer models for the simulation of the indoor environment in residential buildings, that is energy models carried out by the University of Nottingham. In addition, a  control strategy for an optimum operation of technologies and solutions will be addressed. All what just mentioned, together with the modelling and analysis of socio-economic aspects and LCA assessment, will be core to create a refurbishment ecosystem made of complementary, customized and stakeholders-oriented front-ends at the basis of the APM.

Estia, UNOTT and RIMOND discussed on models and developments, addressing the workflow of the WP together with the HUB tools and features and the interaction among the different modelling softwares.

The periodic meetings that are organized within the framework of the project among the participants of the different WPs are essential to guarantee the success of the project, as well as to encourage collaboration and information sharing.

By | 2018-07-24T12:06:48+01:00 July 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

REZBUILD Project, included in the 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review

This yearly publication presents the progress of a portfolio of 168 European research projects aiming at developing new technologies for energy efficient buildings

The Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Committee of the ECTP has published the seventh edition of the EeB PPP Project Review. REZBUILD Project has been included in the new edition of the publication, which highlights current results and achieved or expected benefits of the EeB PPP projects.

This yearly publication presents the progress of a portfolio of 168 projects; 110 are co-funded within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) from 2010 to 2013 and 58,

among which is REZBUILD project, co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme between 2014 and 2017.

Accordint to the report, the average Budget of H2020 EeB PPP Projects was 5.4M€ and 7  spin-offs & start ups resulting from cPPP projects has been launched. In addition, the average reduction of energy use due to the innovation was 18,7% and 223 systems & technologies has been developed by the cPPP projects.

 

EeB PPP Project Review

 

H2020 EeB PPP Impact – Key Performance Indicators

 

The projects included in the publication demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across the whole value chain, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. The 168 projects are Categorised into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research & innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap: Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM, in which REZBUILD has been included.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) appears in this context as an instrument to help the structuring, managing and integration of building projects’ information, facilitating the design, simulation, analysis and operation of energy efficient solutions.

All the projects presented in the brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sectors.

The EeB PPP Project Review 2018 can be downloaded here.

 

About EeP PPP

 The Energy Efficient Buildings (EeB) Public Private Partnership (PPP) is a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the construction industry, represented by the Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Committee of the European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP).

This initiative aims at promoting research on new methods and technologies to accelerate the process of reduction of energy use in new and retrofitted buildings and to improve the European industrial competitiveness. One of the contractual PPP commitments consists in monitoring the impact and exploitable outcomes generated by the projects.

By | 2018-06-22T11:21:44+01:00 June 22nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

New directive to promote energy efficiency in buildings

 

European Council gave last may 14th his approval to the new directive on the energy performance of buildings

The European Council adopted on may 14th a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings, so completing the final stage in the legislative procedure.

What are the main novelties? This directive improves energy efficiency in buildings and encourages building renovation. Decarbonising the existing, highly inefficient European building stock is one of its long term goals.

In addition, the revised directive promotes cost-effective renovation work, introduces a smartness indicator for buildings, simplifies the inspections of heating and air conditioning systems and promotes electro-mobility by setting up a framework for parking spaces for electric vehicles.

As explained Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria, enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the quality of life for all of us.

The review of the energy performance of buildings directive amends Directive 2010/31/EU and complements measures under the energy efficiency directive as well as EU legislation on energy efficiency of products. It is part of the Clean Energy package presented by the Commission on 30 November 2016.

You can consult more information in the press release issued by European Council.

 

By | 2018-06-22T11:19:15+01:00 June 1st, 2018|News|0 Comments

REZBUILD website, nominated in the .eu Web Awards

31th of May 2018

You can vote our Project in “Better World” category at the .eu Web Awards Website

We have good news! Our website, created with an innovative and visual design, has been nominated in the popular .eu Web Awards, an online competition launched in 2014 by EURid and designed to acknowledge the best websites, using the .eu or .ею extensions. The objective of this contest is to enhance the visibility of innovative, beautiful and impactful websites.

REZBUILD website will compete in “Better World” category, directed to websites that represent green initiatives and environmentally-friendly organisations.

If you think that our website is innovative and if you want to help us to attract new visitors to our site you can vote our Project in .eu Web Awards website: https://webawards.eurid.eu/

Thank you!

 

Our website

Our website is the Media Hub of REZBUILD Project as well as the meeting place for all stakeholders, Media and general public interested in the project.

The REZBUILD website is a full responsive content website and it has been created with specific objectives, which respond to the communication and dissemination needs of the project.

Among them, the most highlighted are the following:

  • An innovative visual identity that aligns with the spirit of the REZBUILD project. A wide variety of photographies of different buildings have been integrated to reforce the main message of REZBUILD.
  • With the aim of create a dynamic website, contents such as news and the calendar of events will be periodically updated.

It’s important to note that this H2020 initiative will create a community for social innovators related to construction sector across Europe with the aim of encouraging interaction and dialogue between the main stakeholders of the sector. In this sense, the website has two specific sections: “Public Participation” and “Education and Training”.

The section “Public Participation” aims to promote social innovation and public participation among all the stakeholders. This part of the website will inform about all the progress of the participatory processes and encourage interaction and exchange of information.

For that, the section is full of new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and build new collaborations. Likewise, this section has a forum, where all the stakeholders can discuss about main topics related to construction sector.

In addition, the site has another specific section directed to deliver effective training and education programmes for industrialists (especially, SMEs), research infrastructures, as well as for to non-specialists to enable the uptake of technologies. This section, named “Education and Training”, is fully aligned with the spirit of the project, that aims to develop an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for Europe.

 

About .eu Web Awards

The nomination and voting period will run until 1 August, so you are on time to vote. The 3 websites undear each category with most votes will become the finalists, that will be revealed on 5 September. Winner will be announced at the gala on 21 November in Brussels.

The winners will receive the following prizes: a custom trophy and certificate, a custom video produced by EURid for promotional purposes, Billboard advertising in Brussels Airport and 3 different icon formats for websites and social media accounts.

The categories of the competition are:

-Better world: For websites that represent Green initiatives and environmentally-friendly organisations

-Leaders: For websites that represent established national businesses.

-Rising Stars: For websites that represent start-ups.

-Laurels: For websites that represent educational institutions, charitable organisations, or pan European projects.

-House of .eu: For websites that represent blogs, news outlets, and the media.

By | 2018-05-31T08:29:44+01:00 May 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Officinæ Verdi Group participates in the last edition of REbuild Italia

29th of May 2018

Our partner is going to take part in this international event that will be held from 29 to 30 May in Italy

Our partner Officinæ Verdi Group is going to attend REbuild, an international event wthat will take place from 29 to 30 May in Riva del Garda (Italy). This convention brings together every year different companies of the construction sector to put in common their experiences innovating and creating new models of sustainable buildings.

Officinæ Verdi Group, created by UniCredit in JV with WWF Italia Foundation, has gained a high level of competence and know-how in the green economy and energy efficiency sectors. For this reason, our partner will be participating in this event in order to learn about the new ideas and innovations that are rising up in the construction sector.

Besides presenting the company and its work, the event will be a good chance to briefly present REZBUILD Project and its main objectives. The Project is fully aligned with the present edition of the event, which looks at innovation as a tool capable of keeping together environmental sustainability and business growth, circular economy and rediscovered profitability.

In this sense, the main objective of REbuild 2018 is to outline models and solutions for a convergence between a renewed growth in the construction sector and the pursuit of ambitious environmental and social objectives.

About REbuild

REbuild 2018 is an event where different stakeholders can find the best case studies in Italy and across the world and attend several talks of foreign speakers to hear firsthand experiences.

One of the main topics addressed will be the decarbonisation of buildings, an important issue to which we have to pay attention if we want to reach a more sustainable environment. During the event, there are other conferences related to green infrastructures, modern methods of construction and visits to the demo area, a travelling session that will explore new technologies and products, verifying how they operate and their functionality.

Since its first edition, REbuild has represented a platform for analysis, learning, networking and doing business in the construction industry. The highly focused sessions and discussions on business cases and market opportunities give attendees a clear understanding of the innovation trends and opportunity of the sector.

Read here the 2018 Convention Program

By | 2018-05-29T15:14:12+01:00 May 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Official visit to Norwegian demo site

14th of May 2018

Consortium partners had last april an internal meeting to keep collaborating on the Project and visit our demo building located in Oslo

REZBUILD consortium partners met from april 10th to april12th in Oslo with the objective of advancing in the collaboration of the Project and identify the opportunities and challenges in the framework of the initiative. In addition, the partners visited our demo building located in the Norwegian city.

After six monts from REZBUILD’s kick off meeting in Rome, this internal meeting was a good chance to keep collaborating on the Project, in order to share the status of each Work Package with the EU Project Officer and the whole team.

The internal meeting included a visit to the Project demo site in Oslo, located in Bertramjordet housing cooperative, one of the three demonstrative actions of the Project. Representatives of consortium partners, with the owners of the houses living that will be refurbished within the framework of the project, had the chance to know all the details about the refurbishment methodology that is going to be validated.

The neighbors also had the chance to attend a workshop that was held on April 10th. This event aimed to raise awareness on the impacts of the project among the final users and detect any potential social risk deriving from its implementation.

The dwelling selected for the demonstration in Norway is an appartment block building located in Bertramjordet. The housing cooperative is a suitable site for demonstrating the expected higher efficiency of BIPV in cold climate and good utilization of aerogel insulation.

The goal of the renovation is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort for the tenants and making the building energy performance as a key element of the total property value.

REZBUILD will develop one refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for deep NZEB renovation. These refurbishment ecosystem and technologies will be also validated and optimized in Madrid (Spain) and Venice (Italy). In recent months, representatives of consortium partners have visited these demonstration experiences.

By | 2018-05-14T13:58:32+01:00 May 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Oslo relies on REZBUILD to boost the energy efficiency of its buildings

26th of April 2018

  • The workshop organized on april 10th in Bertramjordet housing cooperative was well received by its neighbors

REZBUILD Project organized last april 10th a workshop in Oslo to inform about the refurbishment methodology that is going to be validated in a demo building located in Bertramjordet housing cooperative. The goal of the renovation is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort for the tenants and making the building energy performance as a key element of the total property value.

The event was focused on the owners of the houses living in the neighbourhood that will be refurbished within the framework of the project. The purpose of the session was to provide brief introduction to REZBUILD, raise awareness on the impacts of the Project among the final users and to get input from residents.

The workshop was a good chance to present REZBUILD and its general objectives and specific measures in Oslo, in order to improve the knowledge about the project. Furthermore, representatives of the consortium had the opportunity to discuss about the project, as well as the related perceived risks through group dynamics and interactions.

The members of REZBUILD Consortium distributed among the participants an information brochure explaining what actions are going to be carried out in housing cooperative. In general, those attending the workshop showed great interest in the rehabilitation work that is being carried out within the framework of the project.

The participants of the event shared with the members of the consortium their vision of the project, which they consider will be very important for the energy efficiency of their homes. In addition, the neighbors appreciated the work that is being done to have a smarter house with automation systems.

Likewise, some of the participants raised their doubts and concerns regarding the project, which will be taken into account as an important part of the project.

About Rezbuild participative processes

The event is framed within the participative processes carried out in the project which involve local communicaties, researchers, private sector and citizens. In this sense, local communities’ acceptance and the understanding of Oslo population about this project is – essential to succeed in the development of refurbishment and renovation actions. In addition, the owners of the buildings, who are the key stakeholders of the pilot tests, will be pivotal to promote actions of social innovation, through the user’s awareness on energy efficiency.

 

By | 2018-06-08T06:17:04+01:00 April 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Saving energy in buildings to contribute to a sustainable European economy

24th of April 2018

  • European Commission welcomed final vote on energy performance of buildings

The European Parliament gave last april 17th its final approval on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive (EPBD). As European Commission explains in a press release, new rules will make buildings smarter and more energy efficient, saving money and creating jobs in the renovation and construction sector.

The vote signals the closure of the first of 8 legislative proposals part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package brought forward by the European Commission on 30 November 2016. This package is a key element of one of the Juncker Commission’s priorities, “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy“.

The changes tap into the huge potential for efficiency gains in the building sector, the largest single energy consumer in Europe. They include measures that will accelerate the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficient systems and strengthen the energy performance of new buildings, making them smarter.

The revision also tackles other aspects related to the renovation of buildings, like support for a healthy indoor climate, safety, and the improved use of technologies such as building automation and control systems and individual room temperature controls, paving the way for cost-efficient energy savings.

“By renovating and making our buildings in Europe smarter, we are attaining several simultaneous objectives: lower energy bills, better health, protection of the environment and reduction of our emissions in the EU, given that over a third of these are produced by buildings. And as technology has blurred the distinction between sectors, we are also establishing a link between buildings and e-mobility infrastructure, and helping stabilize the electricity grid. Another building block of the Energy Union has been laid today, let us continue ahead.”, explained Vice-President responsable for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

As Arias Cañete said, “this is the first final agreement on a proposal of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package, a signal that we are on the right track and we will deliver on our pledge made at the beginning of the mandate. Our ambitious commitment to clean energy in Europe and the Paris Agreement will be made a reality by laws like the one voted today: the revised buildings directive will help create local jobs, save consumers money and improve Europeans’ quality of life. It will also help combat energy poverty by reducing the energy bills of older buildings which will be renovated. I now call on the European Parliament and the Council to show leadership and complete the rest of the proposals of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package.”

In addition,  Bendt Bendtsen MEP, the European Parliament’s Chief Negotiator on the revision of the Directive explained that , “a more efficient use of energy in our buildings will benefit both the climate and the wallets of European citizens and businesses, and contribute to a sustainable and competitive European economy”.

 About EPBD

 On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a modest revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU, part of the Clean Energy package that aims to deliver on the EU 2030 energy and climate goals. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is oriented towards achieving EU targets in energy efficiency. These are also addressed in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which contains some provisions relating to buildings. The EED sets a requirement for Member States to achieve at least 20 % improvements in energy efficiency by 2020, and a proposed revision to the EED (part of the Clean Energy package) sets out measures for much greater efficiency improvements by 2030 (currently under negotiation).

According to Commission data, buildings are responsible for 40 % of energy consumption and 36 % of CO2 emissions in the EU. Currently, about 35 % of EU buildings are over 50 years old. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, total EU energy consumption could be reduced by 5‑6 %, whilst CO2 emissions could decrease by about 5 %.

Souce and more information:

European Commission

EEP Group in the European Parliament

By | 2018-04-24T17:09:29+01:00 April 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Norway moves toward the future of sustainable construction

17th of April 2018

REZBUILD Project organized a workshop in Oslo to inform about the refurbishment methodology that is going to be validated in a demo building located in Bertramjordet housing cooperative

On April 10th, Oslo became the epicentre of sustainable construction. Experts from the European Union gathered in the Norwegian city to explain the activities that are being developed within the framework of REZBUILD Project, an initiative funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Commission that grows with the main aim of defining an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building in Europe.

REZBUILD project will establish a multi-collaborative framework within a refurbishment methodology managed by an Agile Project Management tool based on cloud service, capable to interconnect in real-time the key steps of a tailored retrofitting plan among all stakeholders involved within the building renovation value chain.  Decision making tools will be performed in order to validate the best optimized cost-effective refurbishment technology package in Bertramjordet housing cooperative, in Oslo.

In addition, REZBUILD Project has established 2 more demo sites in Venice (Italy) and Madrid (Spain), each one with a different representative climate and tipology of building.

Involvement of local communites and citizens

The participative programmes carried out within the framework of the project will be implemented through a methodology for decision making processes which involves all the relevant expertise in the overall process. In this context, the owners of the buildings, who are the object of the pilot tests, will be pivotal to promote actions of social innovation, through the user’s awareness on an efficient energy use.

In this sense, the workshop organized in Oslo on April 10th  was focused on the owners of the houses living in the neighbourhood that will be refurbished within the framework of the project. Local communities acceptance and the understanding of Oslo population about this project is considered essential to succeed in the development of the refurbishment and renovation actions.

In addition, this workshop aimed to raise awareness on the impacts of the project among the final users and detect any potential social risk deriving from its implementation.

The workshop has been a good chance to present REZBUILD and its general objectives and specific measures in Oslo, in order to improve the knowledge about the project. Furthermore, representatives of the consortium had the opportunity to discuss about the project, as well as the related perceived risks through group dynamics and interactions. The workshop ended with the presentation of the project website and its participation tool.

1st Periodic REZBUILD Meeting in Norway – 6 months project development

In conjunction with the workshop, on the days 11-12th April, consortium partners met in Oslo to keep collaborating on the project, in order to share the status of art of each Work Package with the EU Project Officer and the whole team, interacting to facilitate knowledge sharing between partners. The meeting included the visit to the Project Demosite in Oslo, one of the three demonstrative actions of the project.

The dwelling selected for the demonstration is a housing cooperative in Bertramjordet, representing typical dwellings in Norway.

The housing cooperative is a suitable site for demonstrating the expected higher efficiency of BIPV in cold climate and good utilization of aerogel insulation. The goal of the renovation is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort for the tenants and making the building energy performance as a key element of the total property value.

By | 2018-04-19T10:36:44+01:00 April 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Download REZBUILD brochure

16th of April 2018

Know the main characteristics of the project

Just as important as meeting goals and milestones in the project, being informed of everything that’s happening within REZBUILD project and knowing what it means, makes a difference.

We have created a visually attractive brochure with all the stages of the project: objectives, technologies, demo building scenarios and partners.

Throughout its intuitive structure, graphics and images, it will be possible to know more thoroughly about the advanced technologies we will be using to achieve an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for Europe, locations of the three demo buildings, a fully detailed map of all our partners and the characteristics of the participative processes and educational programs that will be developed within the framework of the Project.

The brochure will be at everyone’s disposal in all the events that showcase REZBUILD’s project as well as in networking activities aimed to spread all of our partner’s knowledge and efforts.

Should anyone have problems attending any of these events, our leaflet will be available for download in our website.

By | 2018-04-16T14:19:12+01:00 April 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments