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).

REZBUILD Project strengthens links with local communities

By |2019-10-30T17:01:06+00:00October 30th, 2019|News|

  • The European initiative, focused on the development of an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB), celebrates a workshop with local agents at the demo site settled in the Italian city of Martellago

With the main purpose of strengthen its links with local communities, the REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 European programme, will celebrate a workshop in the initiative’s demo site located in Martellago (Italy) that will allow the project consortium to share the advances achieved in these testing premises with different agents involved in the refurbishment sector.

The event will take place the 6th of November and has been designed to promote the exchange of knowledge, boost interaction, review the main progresses achieved by the initiative and activate new strategies to enforce communication with local communities to get their feedback more effectively.

The REZBUILD Project, aimed to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe, will test the technologies developed in the initiative in three multiscale demo sites located in residential buildings in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy). These demo sites 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).

Specifically, the Martellago demo site consists in a social building built in 1970 where REZBUILD partners will renovate 2/4 residential apartments.

The Demo has a relevant amount of windows, making it a suitable site for demonstrating the efficiency of PV Glass. Insulation and HVAC systems performance for hot humid climate will also be demonstrated. Due to its use, lighting refurbishment will also be paramount. The goal of the refurbishment is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort.

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 REZBUILD Project partners analyse their progresses in Italy

By |2019-10-29T17:49:19+00:00October 29th, 2019|News|

  • The European initiative consortium will gather in Venice-Mestre to share the main achievements made in the different work packages since the project kicked off

Two years after the European REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 programme, kicked off, the leading consortium of the initiative will gather in the Italian city of Venice-Mestre 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.

Between the 5th and 7th of November, the consortium members will have the chance of addressing the main challenges arisen within the initiative and discuss the next steps to pursue goals such as optimize the execution time of the construction works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

The three day event will include different presentations designed to allow the partners to explain the main achievements, opportunities and weaknesses detected in the different work packages that integrate the initiative.

In addition of these sessions, several technical workshops and discussion panels will address the different technological disciplines.

The consortium meeting will also include presentations regarding the three multiscale demo sites created for testing the developments and technologies of the REZBUILD project.

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).

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.

Rising awareness about how smart technologies can support buildings refurbishment in Europe

By |2019-09-17T10:38:12+01:00September 17th, 2019|News|

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the establishment of the Smart Readiness Indicator to help ensure that building owners are aware of the benefits that smart technologies can bring

European authorities are working on reversing the impact that construction sector has as a massive energy consumer and main contributor to GHG emissions. With the aim of making building owners, occupants and other interested parties an important part of the solution, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the Smart Readiness Indicator to rise awareness of the significant benefits that smart technologies and ICT can bring to buildings, particularly in terms of improved energy performance and enhanced comfort and well-being.

“The SRI is a new instrument to rate the smart readiness of buildings, to be established under the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) 2018/844. The aim of the consultation is to collect a broad feedback on some of the structuring factors of the SRI scheme, in order to inform and orient the policy making process”, has the EC informed in a statement.

The consultation, that will be open until 3 October 2019, is part of the provisions of the EPBD that support modernisation of buildings in the EU, including through a wider and faster uptake of smart technologies.

This initiative is in addition to other important actions taken in order to tackle the refurbishment of existing residential buildings as a top priority within the European energy and climate change policies.

In fact, the REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 European programme, is also a part of the efforts made with the aim to create a green and sustainable housing sector in Europe. This initiative pursues making a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock.

REZBUILD project is working on the integration of innovation technologies in order to pave the way towards an annual renovation building rate of 2,5% instead of current rates lower than 1%.

This project, started in October of 2017, will run for 4 years and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

The REZBUILD Project is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The rest of the partners are 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.

What lies ahead after the nearly zero energy consumption buildings?

By |2019-09-17T10:25:00+01:00September 17th, 2019|News|

The Buildings of Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Congress (EECN), which will be held on October 23th in Madrid, will address the future of the green housing sector. The REZBUILD Project will be present at the event

The challenges of sustainable housing, the latest architectural trends or the new technologies for the construction will be some of the main topics addressed by the sixth edition of the Buildings of Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Congress (EECN, acronym in Spanish), which will be held on October 23th in Madrid.

The REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 European programme, is taking part of this important event by publishing an Abstract in the congress magazine. Some of the partners will be present at the forum as well.

The EECN is a professional forum that addresses the current state of high efficiency buildings and the implications they represent for construction, architecture and related services sectors.

The main motto of the next edition is “And after the NZEB what? A vision of the future” and with this approach the congress will arise the key aspects of this kind of buildings from an integral and multidisciplinary point of view.

Conferences, papers, roundtables and keynote presentations about a wide range of topics such us architectural and construction solutions, integrated systems and technologies, renewable energy integration or urban rehabilitation will complete the Congress programme. The event will also be an important spot for networking and exchanging knowledge.

For REZBUILD project this congress is a new chance to meet new stakeholders, approach other successful experiences and learn from inspiring points of view.

Started in 2017, the REZBUILD Project will run for 4 years with the aim of creating a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock. The Project pursues goals such as optimize the execution time of the works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

 

Spanish authorities visit the REZBUILD Project demo site in Madrid

By |2019-09-12T15:08:00+01:00August 2nd, 2019|News|

The acting Head of Transportation, Housing and Infrastructure in Madrid’s Regional Government, Rosalía Gonzalo, visited a property where a first practical experience of this European initiative will be developed

The acting Head of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure of Madrid’s Regional Government, Rosalía Gonzalo, together with other representatives of the local Executive, visited on 29th of July the REZBUILD Project demo site in the capital of Spain, a house owned by the Social Housing Agency (AVS) of Community of Madrid where a first practical experience within the framework of this initiative will be developed.

Community of Madrid is one of the partners of the REZBUILD Project and is in charge of the implementation of the Spanish demonstration of the initiative, the information collection on performance and the monitoring of results for the related statistical analysis.

The Madrid demo site is a single-family home located in the San Fermín neighbourhood (South of Madrid). The AVS has been monitoring this building for a year in order to be able to make an accurate assessment of the energy technologies that will be applied in the house.

Within the project, an energy rehabilitation of the house will take place. The process includes the coverage of the façade with thermal and acoustic insulation, the replacement of aluminium carpentry with PVC carpentry with lower coefficient of thermal transmission, the replacement of all windows with new ones with triple glass and the replacement of the two existing suspended ceilings with a new one with insulation, as well as the implantation of solar cells, biomass stove and aerothermal equipment.

Besides the Madrid demo site, REZBUILD Project, backed by H2020 European programme, will also manage practical experiences in Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy). The initiative aims to develop a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem that will optimize the execution time of the works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

In addition to energy savings, which are estimated to amortize investment in less than 12 years, the project will also address social and environmental issues such as the fight against climate change, the struggle against energy poverty, energy transition and the creation of quality and qualified employment.

The REZBUILD Project is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The rest of the partners are 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.

 

Picture by Comunidad de Madrid website

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.