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REZBUILD project will take part in the EU Sustainable Energy Week

By | 2019-05-13T07:58:20+01:00 May 13th, 2019|News|

The European project is going to participate in the Policy Conference of the event, the most important European forum on renewable energy

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2019), the biggest European forum dedicated to renewable and efficient energy, will be hold in Brussels next June. The REZBUILD project, a Horizon 2020 initiative, will be a special guest of the event by taking part in the roundtable European Policy Framework on Energy Renovation of Buildings, organised during the Policy Conference of the event, on the 18th of June at 16:00h.

Besides REZBUILD project, represented by Susana Garayoa, this roundtable will gather delegates from different H2020 projects such us Michelle Vavallo from RenoZEB, Claudio Del Pero from HEART, Per Kvols Heiselberg from RECO2ST, Miguel Ángel Paris from BRESAER, Roberto Fedrizzi from  BuildHEAT and Oana Schippers, from P2ENDURE. This meeting will be a great opportunity to boost networking and promote synergies between different European projects, following the European Commission (EC) guidelines. Some of the REZBUILD project partners will be also present at EUSEW.

After the roundtable a panel of discussion between stakeholders and project representatives will take place. The EU Affairs Director and International Union of Property Owners, Emmanuelle Causse, the Project Officer for the Architects Council of Europe, Veronika Schröpfer, and Paula Rey Garcia, from DG ENERGY will be present.

For the REZBUILD consortium, the EU Sustainable Energy Week will be as well the perfect spot to meet new stakeholders, learn about successful policies and exchange knowledge and inspiring points of view in order to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

It will also contribute to approach other projects of the same call, European associations and the Commission itself to keep working on promoting the use of innovative and efficient technologies and practices.

The EUSEW 2019 motto is Shaping Europe’s Energy Future and therefore the European directives on Energy performance of buildings and Energy efficiency will be a relevant topic during the event.

The sessions included on the Policy Conference, the main activity of the EUSEW, are launched by the EC and energy stakeholders and will focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas.

One of the important conferences that will take place will be “Policy meets property: a combined perspective on energy efficiency in buildings”. With the participation of European Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Günther Oettinger, this session will be a unique opportunity to bring together high-level decision makers from the building sector and policy makers to discuss one of the key challenges of the European energy trajectory: the steady, cost-effective improvement of energy performance of buildings in the next three decades, in view of the decarbonisation of building stocks.

A great number of public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, civil society organisations and media representatives are expected at the event, that will gather a wide range of speakers and participants from city councils, European institutions, private companies, research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs.

Apart from the interesting sessions and conferences, the EUSEW will hold side events such us the Networking Village, a key feature of this forum and the homeland for exchange of ideas.

So if you want to stay tuned to the newest achievements in efficient and renewable energies, don’t miss the date!

REZBUILD project launches its presentation video

By | 2019-02-21T09:12:57+00:00 February 18th, 2019|News|

The piece explains in a illustrative way the main aspects of the project.

REZBUILD project is now on video! The new audiovisual piece explains in a illustrative way the main aspects of this European initiative, launched in 2018 for the development of an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for Europe.

As explained in the video, nowadays almost half of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is in buildings (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive-European Comission). Not only that, only 0,3-1,2% of building stock is renovated each year.

In this context, the video tells how the project was born, aligned with the strategic objectives of the European Union: reduce the total energy consumption by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%. More renovation of existing buildings has the potential to lead to significant energy savings.

NZEB renovation methodologies are required as key enablers of energy-efficient buildings. In this context, REZBUILD Project will address this challenge by opening the construction sector through the integration of innovative technologies.  

During the lifetime of project, a set of advanced refurbishment technologies selected at project proposal stage will be developed: new generation of BIPV solutions, super-thermal insulating systems, SAHP pumps, high-performance radiant floor, advanced BEMs and additive manufacturing technologies. These technologies are going to be  tested and optimized through an accurate product development strategy.

The video focuses also in the participate processes that are going to be launched in the framework of the project to create a social innovation community at local level. In this context, this H2020 initiative will create a community for social innovators related to construction sector with the aim of encouraging interaction and dialogue between the main stakeholders of the sector across Europe.

The participative processes 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 process

All the details about project, technologies, our partners and the demo sites are explained in this video. If you want to see more press play button and enjoy!

Our partner CARTIF, collaborator of V Intelligent Buildings Congress

By | 2019-02-18T12:46:52+00:00 February 18th, 2019|News|

The event will be held next 14 May at headquarters of COAM in Madrid

Next 14 May will be held in Madrid the fifth edition of Intelligent Buildings Congress, in which our partner CARTIF participates as collaborator. The event, that will be held at the headquarters of COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid), is the main professional forum about Intelligent Buildings in Spain.

The congress will bring together the most important players in the sector, and will address the current and future of Intelligent Buildings and its implications for companies and professionals related to the design, construction and management of buildings and their facilities.

The Congress will approach the concept of Intelligent Building from an integral and multidisciplinary point of view. Many different topics will be presented, such as technical, regulatory and business opportunities, contemplating solutions for both New Construction and Rehabilitation.

With a wide experience in research and development of solutions oriented to building renovation, CARTIF is an important key player in intelligent buildings sector in Europe. CARTIF participation in international activities is promoted through the International Projects Department and has been materialised in the current participation in 32 on-going international projects.

In REZBUILD Project, CARTIF will lead Work Package 2 thanks to its experience in a wide range of industrial fields. During WP2, CARTIF will collaborate with VIAS in the development of the 3DP technology. In addition, the company will also be responsible for LCA.

New technologies to promote sustainable buildings

CARTIF and VIAS will develop a 3D printing robot that will be able to print vertical surfaces (envelopes and walls) using layer-by-layer techniques in a reduced time for its application in façade rehabilitation.

The robot will be able to combine the use of different type of materials for structural and isolation purposes.

The incorporation of this technology will allow the reduction of labor risks, execution times and, in the future, of the impact of financial costs. Problems with thermal bridges and joints between panels/bricks will be solved through the use of a robot that can be moved across the entire façade.

This concept will reduce the energy consumption of about 20-30%, its payback time is estimated between 5-8 years and could be applied in more common residential building typologies (glazed facades or elements of much reduced porosity would be excluded).

Sustainable buildings to fight against climate change

By | 2018-12-03T14:03:38+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|News|

REZBUILD Project supports COP24, a conference that seeks to help in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the slowdown of lobal warming

 

The city of Katowice (Poland) will hold from 2 to 14 december the UN Climate Change Conference COP24. The main objective of this conference is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in order to help in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the slowdown of global warming.

In addition, and related to sustainability in constrution sector, on the 4 of december there will be celebrated the theme day Building Green, in order to analyze how we can achieve sustainable buildings to get a low-carbon society and fight against climate change.

 With this objective, the EU’s buildings sector needs to develop and deploy more innovative solutions in order to enhance the building stock’s energy efficiency and help meet energy and climate policy targets.

Nowadays, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Currently, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient, while only 0.4-1.2% (depending on the country) of the building stock is renovated each year.

Therefore, more renovation of existing buildings has the potential to lead to significant energy savings – potentially reducing the EU’s total energy consumption by 5-6% and lowering CO2 emissions by about 5%.

By renovating and making our buildings in Europe smarter and energy efficient, Europe can ralize a several simultaneous benefits, including lower energy bills, better health, protection of the environment and reduction of our greenhouse emissions in the EU. In this sense, The Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) requires every new building to be a Nearly Zero-Energy Building by the end of 2020.

 

 

Towards an innovative refurbishment ecosystem

Fully aligned whith european policies, Rezbuild Project’s objective is to develop one refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for deep NZEB renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

This ecosystem will ensure the fulfilment of three KPIs:

1)A deep renovation rate at least 60% of primary energy reduction as a result, the application of a decision tree strategy created from the combination of united principles of the novel sustainable architecture and NZEB design concepts

2)A reduced installation time at least a 30% of time saving in comparison with a traditional refurbishment works,and

3)A rapid payback period maximum 12 years of the best retrofitting technology package installed in the residential building.

In addition, REZBUILD Project is fully aligned with sustainable development goal 13 with the main objective of taking action to combat climate change and its impacts.

 

REZBUILD Project arrives in Brussels for the .eu Web Awards Gala

By | 2018-11-20T16:53:34+00:00 November 20th, 2018|News|

The five winnes will be revealed tomorrow during a prestigious ceremony

Tomorrow 21 of November will take place in Brussels the final of .Eu Web Awards, a distinction to laureate those European projects with the best web design in which REZBUILD is one of the finalist. Our Project website is fighting for the award in the category named “Better World”, a category for those website that represent green initiatives and environmentally-friendly organisations.

A jury of experts will have to decide with their votes which they consider is the best website in the five different categories: Leaders, Rising Stars, Laurels, The House of .EU and Better World. The five winners will be those finalists who receive the highest points from the jury and will be announced during the ceremony in Brussels.

 The winners will receive a trophy and certificate, personalized video produced by EURid for promotional purposes, Billboard advertising in Brussels Airport and 3 different icon formats for website and social media accounts.

In addition, this competition will help REZBUILD to attract new visitors to our website and give visibility to the project.

Discover our website

The REZBUILD ‘s website, which was designed following the mos innovative and visual tendencies, is the Media Hub of the project and a meeting place for the stakeholders, media and all those interested on it. It was planned to respond to all communication and dissemination needs of the project with a full responsive design.

One of the most outstanding feature of the website are the sections of “Public Participation” and “Education and Training”. They are meeting points to inform all the interested people and promote the interaction and the exchange of information between stakeholders

The REZBUILD consortium meets on the first anniversary of the project

By | 2018-10-30T16:43:32+00:00 October 30th, 2018|News|

The partners of the European project REZBUILD have gathered recently at the facilities of PLACO Saint-Gobain in Madrid sharing the progresses made during the first 12 months

 

The consortium partners of REZBUILD met recently at the facilities of Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica, one of the partners of the European project, on the first anniversary of the launch of the initiative. The day supposed a stage to share the progresses made during the first twelve months of the project and the discussions on the challenges that must be faced.

The European REZBUILD project is based on strategies such as the fight against climate change, the energy transition, the creation of quality and qualified employment in the construction and refurbishment sectors. Social aspects and challenges such as the energy poverty or the gentrification will be considered in this initiative funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Commission.

The main objective is to define an innovative and collaborative renovation ecosystem to achieve Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe.

With the aim at achieving these goals, REZBUILD  will develop rehabilitation processes, through a tool that optimizes the execution time of the works using  BIM technologies, reducing the costs, and maximizing energy savings with different types of innovative solutions and developments.

The developments and technologies of the REZBUILD project will be tested in 3 multi-scale demo sites covering 3 out of 4 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and representing the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean). Residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) have been choosing by the project´s partners wit this aim.

The event in Madrid brought together the 13 partners of the consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy) and in which Vias y Construcciones, CARTIF, Comunidad de Madrid, Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica, ONYX Solar, Exploded View and ZABALA Innovation Consulting also participate (all from Spain), in addition to ESTIA (France), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Notthingham (United Kingdom) and Rimond (Italy).

The first day of the meeting the technical session was dedicated to the evolution of the different work packages (from WP1 to WP8) that includes the project. Discussions conducted made a special emphasis on the progresses during this first year and the challenges that have to be addressed.

The second day of the meeting served to face another technical session in which the evolution of work packages 9 and 10 was showcased. Once the part of the technical part of the project was updated, the partners visit the different prototypes and the facilities of Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica. After the break, a discussion table was held in and the meeting ended with the wrap up of the topics discussed and the conclusions.

Social acceptance and expected impacts

To achieve the European objectives, REZBUILD considers a number of challenges to renew and obtain NZEB buildings considering the technical, economic, social, environmental and legal dimensions. To do this, it will develop advanced technologies for the renovation of buildings in a platform of common knowledge for decision making. This platform will bring together all interested parties involved in the process of housing renovation, from designers, construction companies, researchers and industrialists, consumers, as well as public/private owners. The project includes measures of participation, information and commitment for all the value chain of the construction sector and citizens.

 

The initiative will promote innovation in the construction sector with the integration of technologies to achieve the objective of an annual renewal rate of 2.5%, above the current one, lower than the 1%.

In this sense, REZBUILD will base its renewal ecosystem on the integration of profitable technologies, business models and life cycle interaction in various types of residential renovation and interconnecting both the renovation stages of buildings and the agents involved in the whole process.

The expected impacts of REZBUILD are the following:

  • Reduction of at least 60% of energy consumption to achieve the goal of renovating buildings and ensuring that they are almost nil in terms of energy consumption.
  • Reduction of the execution time by at least 30% compared to a traditional restoration.
  • A period of amortization of the investment of less than 12 years and exceeding the requirement of the call (15 years).
  • Achieve a high potential for replication and high absorption capacity by the market.
  • Promotion of new business and employment opportunities based on the technologies developed in the project.

In this way, the demonstration experience in Madrid, together with those planned in Norway and Italy, will serve to validate if these objectives are met and housing buildings are replicated.

BY&FOR CITIZENS, urban regeneration and smart cities against climate change

By | 2018-09-26T15:12:09+01:00 September 26th, 2018|News|

More than 250 experts gathered last 20th-21st September in BY&FOR CITIZENS, a conference about the smart regeneration of cities and regions in which REZBUILD project has taken part

REZBUILD project participated last 20th-21st September in BY&FOR CITIZENS, a congress about the importance of smart cities projects to promote a sustainable development, organized by the Institute for Business and Competitiveness of Castilla y León and CARTIF as partner of REZBUILD.

The event, celebrated in Valladolid (Spain), gathered local and national authorities, representatives from the European Commission and INEA, project coordinators and experts involved in smart city projects co-funded by Horizon 2020 and FP7 programmes of the EC.

Horizon 2020 programmes, as REZBUILD Project, had the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge, discuss the challenges of the urban transformation, Nearly Zero and positive Energy buildings and business models and, in definitive, come up with innovative solutions.

REZBUILD project has had a prominent role during the congress thanks to the intervention made by Angelo Giordano from our partner Officinae Verdi Group, whose contribution addressed REZBUILD project aim, especially from the economic and financial point of view. In the same occasion, CARTIF has provided detailed information about the REZBUILD project in its standwhile our partner ZABALA, also present in the event, provided its support.

About CARTIF

Our partner CARTIF is a private technology centre offering innovative solutions to help companies to improve their competitiveness and create new business opportunities. Since the foundation, the priority of the centre is to contribute to the development of social and economic environment through the use of technological innovation. In REZBUILD Project, CARTIF will collaborate with VIAS in the development of the 3DP technology and will be responsible for LCA.

About OVERDI

 Our partner Officinæ Verdi Group, created by UniCredit in Joint Venture with WWF, in the last years of activity has arranged investments for about 100 M€ in circular economy and energy efficiency operations. The Group has consolidated a high level of competence and know-how in the energy efficiency field for all business sectors such as real estate, infrastructures, retail, industrial and manufacturing, sport, smart cities, becoming the strategic partner of market leaders at national and international level.

 

REZBUILD Project web finalist of the .Eu Web Awards

By | 2018-09-07T08:39:18+01:00 September 7th, 2018|News|

The winner will be announced at Brussels, Belgium, the next 21 of November

 

The next 21 of November will take place the final of .Eu Web Awards, a disctintion to laureate those European projects with the best web design in which REZBUILD is one of the finalist. The award was launched in 2014 by EURid and has five different categories: Leaders, Rising Stars, Laurels, The House of .EU and Better World.

In this case, REZBUILD Project website is fighting for the award in the category named “Better World”, a category for those website that represent green initiatives and environmentally-friendly organisations. After the popular nomination, a jury of experts will have to decide with their votes which they consider is the best.

 The winners will receive a trophy and certificate, personalized video produced by EURid for promotional purposes, Billboard advertising in Brussels Airport and 3 different icon formats for website and social media accounts.

 About the website

The REZBUILD ‘s website, which was designed following the mos innovative and visual tendencies, is the Media Hub of the project and a meeting place for the stakeholders, media and all those interested on it. It was planned to respond to all communication and dissemination needs of the project with a full responsive design.

One of the most outstanding feature of the website are the sections of “Public Participation” and “Education and Training”. They are meeting points to inform all the interested people and promote the interaction and the exchange of information between stakeholders.

About the project

REZBUILD project is an European initiative funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme to define an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for transforming RE assets into Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) leaded by OVERDI.

BY&FOR CITIZENS, smart cities for sustainable development

By | 2018-09-05T10:22:41+01:00 September 5th, 2018|News|

Next 20 and 21 of September will take place in Valladolid a conference about the smart regeneration of cities and regions and REZBUILD project will be there.

More than two third of European population lives in cities, so we can tell that towns are most important growth pole of our continent and it is all of us job to develop policies which promote a sustainable development with the aim to leave in legacy a better future to next generations.

In this context, REZBUILD project participates in BY&FOR CITIZENS, a congress about the importance of smart cities project to promote a sustainnable development organized by the Institute for Business and Competitiveness of Castilla y León and CARTIF as a partner of REZBUILD. It also ill count with the collaboration of the European Commission.

The date will be on 20 and 21 of September in Valladolid (Spain), and it has the aim to become a meeting point in which local and national authorities, representatives from European Commission and INEA, experts and project coordinators of project co-funded by Horizon 2020 programs related to smart city will expose their point or view about several topics like Nearly Zero and positive buildings, business models for smart and sustainable cities or best practices from real demostration cases.

Among the speakers, we could find prominent personalities like Luis Frauca, director for Cities and Innovation in EPTISA Engineering Services, Rosa Huertas, area director for Finance, Public Services and Economic Promotion in the municipality of Valladolid or Emilio M. Mitre, International Affairs director at Green Building Council España organization.

REZBUILD project is going to have prominent role during the congress with Angelo Giordano, from our partner OVERDI, as a official speaker to talk about what REZBUILD project is aiming at specially from the economic and financial activities point of view. On the other hand, CARTIF is going to install a stand about REZBUILD project and, by last but not the least, our partner Zabala also will be present in the event.

You can consult the programme on the website of the event, where you can also obtain all the information about the meeting.

About CARTIF

Our partner CARTIF is a private technology centre to offer innovative solutions to help to companies to improve their competitiveness and create new business opportunities. The priority of the centre since its foundation is to contribute in the development of social and economic environment through the use of technological innovation. In REZBUILD Project, CARTIF will collaborate with VIAS in the development of the 3DP technology and it will also be responsible for LCA.

Workshop to make progress in WP3 activities

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

  • 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.