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How a European holistic approach can easy the energetic transition?

By |2019-06-24T14:59:33+01:00June 24th, 2019|News|

The REZBUILD project, a Horizon 2020 initiative, participated in the European Sustainable Week, the most important European forum on renewable energy

In which way can technology be useful to build a renewable and efficient energy pattern? How a European holistic approach can easy the energetic transition? Which are the main challenges towards building renovation in Europe? These were just some of the topics arisen during the roundtable Scaling up Deep Energy Retrofit Markets Towards 2030 Targets, organised last week during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2019), the biggest European forum dedicated to renewable and efficient energy.

The REZBUILD project, represented by Susana Garayoa, was a special guest of the roundtable held in Brussels on the 18th of June at 16:00h. Besides REZBUILD project, the conference gathered 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. All of them shared a brief presentation about the initiatives they are working with and how the results of the projects can be useful to stakeholders and end users in order to build a more sustainable energy paradigm in Europe.

During the session, the experts talked about the social and legal barriers and the challenges that are dragging or making difficult the energy transition and also how a European holistic approach can pave the way to make significant achievements in this area.

New business models created by advanced cost effective technologies and drivers to promote investment in building renovation were also between the main issues discussed.

This meeting was as well a great opportunity to underline that reducing household energy consumption through refurbishment initiatives is a social and political challenge, but new technologies can make the difference if they are easy to use, effective, profitable and deliver clear benefits.

After the roundtable a panel of discussion between stakeholders and project representatives took 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 were also present.

For the REZBUILD consortium, the EU Sustainable Energy Week was 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 also contributed 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 was celebrated in a crucial context for shaping a new European energy framework. The required refurbishment ratio is around 3% every year, but the actual ratio at present is no more of 1%. Also the experts consider that is urgent to boost awareness about household energy consumption, since all citizens have accurate knowledge about how much fuel costs and how many liters are their cars consuming but they rarely can elaborate those figures when is regarding household energy.

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

On its 14th year, EUSEW programmed over 90 policy sessions and hosted more than 4,000 registered participants, 380 speakers and unique networking experiences.

REZBUILD website, officially nominated in the .eu Web Awards

By |2019-07-22T08:08:23+01:00May 27th, 2019|News|

The contest is an open and popular initiative so you can vote our Project at the .eu Web Awards Website. The voting period will run until 1 August

 

We have great news to share with you. Our website, created with an innovative and visual design, has been nominated in the current edition of the .eu Web Awards, an online competition launched by EURid to acknowledge the best websites, using the .eu or .ею extensions.

The main goal of this contest is to enhance the visibility of innovative, beautiful and impactful websites.

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

Since the .eu Web Awards is a popular contest created to promote the interaction and engagement of European citizens, we strongly encourage you to participate in the voting process.

So, if you think that our website matches the criteria, has an innovative and impactful design and you want to help us to attract new visitors vote for us through .eu Web Awards website: www.webawards.eurid.eu

And of course feel free to spread the word through your friends and social media platforms in order to gather as many votes as possible!

The voting period will run until 1 August, so you are on time to vote. The 3 websites under each category with most votes will become the finalists, that will be revealed on September and winners will be announced at a special Gala that will be hold on 20th of November this year.

What you will be voting for

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

This platform has been created with the specific objective of offering an innovative visual identity aligned with the spirit of the project. It also seeks to be a dynamic space always updated through content such as news or the calendar of events.

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, named “Education and Training”, 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.

 

REZBUILD project will take part in the EU Sustainable Energy Week

By |2019-06-14T07:28:50+01:00May 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 Scaling up Deep Energy Retrofit Markets Towards 2030 Targets, 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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

El consorcio de REZBUILD se reúne en el primer aniversario del proyecto

By |2019-10-28T08:32:35+00:00November 5th, 2018|impacts|

Los socios del proyecto REZBUILD se reunieron los días 22 y 23 de octubre en las instalaciones de Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica con motivo del primer aniversario del lanzamiento de la iniciativa. La jornada ha servido de escenario para poner en común los avances logrados durante el primer año de proyecto y debatir sobre los retos a los que se debe hacer frente.