The new Renovation Wave strategy is here to improve the energy performance of buildings

By |2020-10-16T13:10:26+01:00October 16th, 2020|News|

The European Commission has published its plan to double renovation rate in the next 10 years and make sure refurbishment lead to higher energy and resource efficiency

The impact of buildings on the EU’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is the larger one. The construction sector is responsible for about the 40% of the consumption and 36% of emissions. These figures, which are accompanied by the average of 1% of buildings undergoing energy efficiency every year, have impulse the Renovation Wave strategy published by the European Commission the 14th of October.

This plan has the main goal of improving the energy performance of buildings. To achieve this mission, the European Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next 10 years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.

Not only it will suppose a reduction on the European greenhouse gas emissions, but also this strategy will enhance the quality of life of the people living in and using buildings. In addition, the Renovation Wave will increase the digitalisation of the sector and improve the reuse and recycling of the materials used for construction. According to the European Commission, by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created thanks to this new action.

The Renovation Wave initiative is one of the cornerstones of the European Green New Deal, which has the goal of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. This strategy has been created based on the views of the key actors of the sector gathered in an open consultation between the 11th of June and the. 9th of July. The leading actions that will be taken in the following months can be seen in the European Commission’s website, including stronger regulations, standards and information on the energy performance of buildings or increasing capacity to prepare and implement renovation projects.

Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project, an initiative backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, is in line with this Renovation Wave strategy. The project has the main goal of developing a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for a deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy) and ZABALA (Spain).

A new opportunity to acknowledge the innovative solutions supporting the European NZEB renovation

By |2020-10-16T08:40:59+01:00October 16th, 2020|News|

REZBUILD Project will take part in a workshop of the next edition of Sustainable Places, which will be organized in a virtual way between the 27th and 30th of October

The renovation wave initiative is one of the cornerstones of the European Green New Deal. In order to share how this renovation wave can be boosted through structured and holistic approaches, REZBUILD Project, supported by the Horizon 2020 programme, will take part the next edition of the Sustainable Places event, which will be organized in a virtual way between the 27th and 30th of October.

The European initiative will participate in an online workshop that will take place the final day of the four-day conference at 09:00 AM. This seminar will be focused on how the use of specifically developed innovative solutions will support and accelerate the NZEB renovation in Europe. Four other European Projects (ReCO2ST, RenoZEB, StepUP and DRIVE 0) will be also taking part as speakers.

All these projects will present not only the technological solutions that are developing, but also some innovative ways to address some of the known barriers for the wide implementation of renovation recommendations across Europe, especially in the residential sector.

The workshop will consist of six 30-min slots, starting by setting the policy background and the position of the projects within it, in the first slot. After that REZBUILD Project will have the chance to present its proposed solution, highlighted by implementations and results from its demo sites.

The workshop will close with a 30-minute round table discussion slot. Through the discussion, the alignment of the projects’ solutions with the EU policy will be traced, including the development of a new mind-set towards renovation, stakeholder engagement with the presented concepts and tools, and identified challenges and potential. The main topics of this discussion panel will be the current barriers for the Renovation Wave, what is missing from the current renovation services “landscape”, the construction 4.0, how to engage with stakeholders and the green policy.

Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project’s main goal is to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for a deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy) and ZABALA (Spain).

 

Discovering the most innovative technologies for nearly zero energy consumption in Europe

By |2020-10-16T08:12:27+01:00October 9th, 2020|News|

REZBUILD Project will attend the Buildings of Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Congress (EECN), next 5th of November, to present the innovations of the initiative for the refurbishment ecosystem

The construction sector is the major energy consumer in Europe and the leader of CO2 emissions in the continent. That is why it is so necessary to develop innovative technologies to make a more sustainable building sector in order to create a nearly zero energy consumption environment. REZBUILD Project, an initiative backed by the European Horizon 2020 programme, is working in the development of key advanced technologies with the aim of creating a sustainable refurbishment ecosystem.

These technologies and developments will be presented the 5th of November in the next edition of the Buildings of Nearly Zero Energy Consumption Congress (EECN, acronym in Spanish) by some of the key partners of its consortium.

Specifically, Alfonso Pescador Acero, Senior R&D Project Manager of Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica, José Llamas, responsible for edification and infrastructure in CARTIF, and Susana Garayoa, European Projects Communication Manager from ZABALA, will take part in this event. The presentation, named as “REZBUILD. Innovative technologies for building renovation ecosystems with almost zero energy consumption in Europe”, is scheduled for the 12:50-13:50 timetable.

The EECC is the main professional meeting forum to address the current state of High Efficiency Buildings and the implications they represent for the building, construction, architecture and related services sector in Spain. Therefore it becomes a great opportunity for REZBUILD Project to inform about its latest advances.

The seventh edition of the event will be celebrated simultaneously in a virtual way and in a face-to-face format in Madrid. This year’s main catchword is “The decarbonization of the Building, a lever to reactivate the sector: New Construction and Rehabilitation”.

Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project’s main goal is to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for a deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy) and ZABALA (Spain).

EUSEW2020 Webinar: Collaboration as the key point for an efficient construction sector

By |2020-10-16T08:13:32+01:00July 3rd, 2020|News|

Five professionals from the sector participated in the event “Efficient buildings and houses: partnering for the SDGs and the EU Green Deal”, organized by REZBUILD project in the framework of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week

Collaboration is needed to buzz the construction sector into innovation and energy and climate transition policies, as well as the creation of qualified employment and social aspects; all this, meeting, at the same time, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is what the speakers agreed on the 30th of June in the Webinar “Efficient buildings and houses: partnering for the SDGs and the EU Green Deal” organized by the REZBUILD project in the framework of the 15th edition of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW2020).

Content of REZBUILD Webinar:

The event brought together five representatives involved in the construction sector and on the field of sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals who showed how green buildings contribute to the SDGs. The webinar included the participation of Elena Ruiz, from the International Department of Forética, an organization focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility and member of the CSR Europe; Fernando Sigchos, European Projects and Communication Manager from European Builders Confederation (EBC); Veronika Schröpfer, Head of EU Research Projects at Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); Bonifacio Felix López-Rey Gómez, from the Orcasitas Neighbors Association (Madrid); and Alfonso Pescador, Senior R&D Project Manager from the REZBUILD partner Placo Saint-Gobain. It was moderated by Susana Garayoa, Communication Manager of the REZBUILD Project for ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

Main conclusions:
“The building sector is important because it can impact in health and wellbeing, energy, jobs creation, innovation resilient, communication and cities, resource efficiency, climate change, natural capital and it is, of course, an example of partnership”, Elena Ruiz said. She insisted in the power of the sector to transform society, specially, in terms of climate policies, but she warned of the need to increase speed to achieve objectives for 2030: “We have to rise ambition because indicators are telling us that we have to move faster”.

Alfonso Pescador showed the commitment of Placo Saint-Gobain and REZBUILD project for the future. “Sustainable business is part of our DNA”, he said. SGPlaco is developing super-insulating gypsum-based products to reduce average energy consumption of about 50% in residential buildings.

As for Veronika Schröpfer, she gave examples about architectural solutions to comply with the SDG’s. She also defended a greater recognition of architectural solutions over technological ones: giving priority to simple, passive, low-tech, local solutions that do not consume energy and are less prone to human error.

Fernando Sigchos talked about how COVID-19 impacted on the construction sector and highlighted that production in construction decreased by 14,1% in the euro area and by 12.0% in the EU, compared with February. There has also been additional health and safety costs and equity losses between 113 and 188 billion euros. Talking about their work program for the recovery he said: “Those topics are so broad that we won’t be able to solve if we don’t collaborate. We have to work together”. He also added his commitment to the human factor, which is included in ODS8 (Decent work and economic growth).

Bonifacio Félix López-Rey Gómez closed the session by recounting his experience of 50 years in Orcasitas, a neighbourhood in Madrid where neighbourhood associations have played an essential role in the renewal of the place. The first demand arose was to supply water to the neighborhood and nowadays they have achieved even a shared environmental project. The plan supplies economy heating to more than 2.000 families in the neighbourhood with an low CO2 emission. “In a cohesive neighbourhood, with participatory tradition and identity, it is possible to launch projects for environmental sustainability successfully because the projects started by the neighborhood are lived in a shared way by all the neighbors”, he said. The Orcasitas Neighbourhood Association has not only managed to create a sustainable neighbourhood, but has also achieved numerous social advances for groups in exclusion and is an example of collaboration with the public and private sectors.

The construction sector is the highest energy consumer (about 40%) and main contributor to GHG emissions (about 36%) in Europe. At this stage, tackling the refurbishment of existing residential buildings is a top priority and decarbonisation is the main goal aligned with the European energy and climate change policies. REZBUILD project aims to define a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem of materials and methodologies for achieving Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). The project will address these challenges by opening the construction sector with the integration of innovation technologies in order to pave the way towards an annual renovation rate of 2,5% instead of current rates lower than 1%.

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Download presentations:

•    Elena Ruiz, International Department, Forética (member of CRS Europe). PDF (2MB)

•    Veronika Schröpfer, Head of EU Research Projects, Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE). PDF (2MB)

•    Fernando Sigchos, European projects responsible and Communication Manager, European Builders Confederation. PDF (2MB)

•    Alfonso Pescador, Senior R&D Project Manager, Placo Saint-Gobain. PDF (4MB)

•    Bonifacio Felix López-Rey Gómez, Orcasitas Neighbors Association (Madrid). PDF (4MB)

REZBUILD Project
Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project’s main goal is to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA (SPAIN).

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

By |2020-10-16T08:13:59+01:00June 24th, 2020|News|

These progresses were reviewed in the annual consortium meeting of the European initiative, which was celebrated between the 10th and 12th of June

The construction sector is the European largest consumer of energy (around 40%) and the leader in greenhouse gases emissions (around 36%). To revert this situation, the sector needs new methodologies for refurbishment to obtain Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), in order to reduce the housing sector environmental impact.

The REZBUILD Project, backed by the H2020 European programme, is aligned with the objective of creating a more sustainable construction sector.

Since the initiative kicked off, the REZBUILD’s partners have been working on defining a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock. To achieve that goal the consortium in charge of the project is developing a collaborative advanced platform based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to different residential renovation typologies. The development of this technological tool and the three demo sites where the initiative is testing its smart and innovative technologies have made significant advances in the last year.

The main progresses achieved were reviewed in the annual consortium meeting of REZBUILD Project, which was celebrated between the 10th and 12th of June.

In the meeting the partners addressed the status of the different tasks related to the work packages led by them. The definition of renovation strategies by the University of Nottingham has been completed. Also, the development and integration of open BIM files and tools within the collaborative refurbishment ecosystem was finished by RIMOND.

ESTIA partner communicated as well the progresses achieved in the development of the refurbishment ecosystem based on an agile project management tool and definition of data management and the development of complementary front-ends according to the stakeholder profile. These milestones will be essential to the success of the project.

In addition, REZBUILD Project’s meeting analysed the advances on the different three demo sites where the initiative is testing these technologies. These demo sites are residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).

In these business scenarios, REZBUILD Project has driven participatory processes with the local neighbours. Different workshops, personal interviews and surveys have been helpful to acknowledge their energetic consumption habits and their behaviour regarding the technologies applied in the demo sites.

The Agenda of the 2020th consortium meeting was divided in 5 different sessions with the participation of all the partners of the initiative: Officinae Verdi Group (Italy), Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting (SPAIN).

The REZBUILD Project started in 2017 and it will last for more than 4 years. Its developments are significant for the construction sector and the achievement of the sustainable goals that are key in the EU Green Deal promoted by the European Commission.

REZBUILD Project organizes a webinar to offer a new perspective on how green buildings contribute to European sustainability targets

By |2020-10-16T08:14:58+01:00June 23rd, 2020|News|

The registration process of the event, that will be celebrated on 29th of June in the framework of the 15th edition of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week, is already open

The session will address the contribution that sustainable refurbishment approaches can make to European Green Deal

According to Eurostat, households represented the 27% of energy consumption in 2017, only surpassed by the industry sector. In addition, the construction sector is responsible for the 36% of the CO2 emissions in Europe. These figures show the need for a deep retrofitting of the EU building stock to reduce households’ energy consumption, together with more sustainable construction and refurbishment approaches with low environmental impact. To offer a new perspective on this, the REZBUILD Project will organize a webinar on 29th of June to show how green buildings contribute to European sustainability targets. In order to participate in the virtual event it is necessary to register fulfilling this form.

The webinar will be celebrated in the framework of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), one of the biggest events for the renewables sector in Europe. The EUSEW 15th edition will take place between the 22 nd and the 26th of June under the theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’. Besides the activities scheduled during the Five-day event, the organization will extend the initiative until the end of the month with additional conferences.

The REZBUILD Project, backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, will have an active role in that extended programme with the organization of the webinar ‘Efficient Buildings and houses: partnering for the SDGs and the European Green Deal’, that will take place next monday at 10:00 AM.

The webinar will address the relevance of boosting collaboration among all the stakeholders of the construction sector to promote the uptake of new and green recovery and fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

During the session, that will bring together the main actors of the sector (tenants, house owners, architects, construction material companies and public authorities), each representative will express their view on how their respective activities have been transformed in the last five year in order to be aligned with the SGDs.

The participants will also analyse which should be the next steps for the sector to fully contribute to the achievement of the European Green Deal targets.

Specifically, the webinar speakers will be Elena Ruiz, from the International Department of Forética, an organization focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility; Fernando Sigchos, Communication Manager from European Builders Confederation (EBC); Veronika Schröpfer, Head of EU Research Projects and member of Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); Bonifacio Felix López-Rey Gómez, from the Orcasitas Neighbors Association (Madrid); and Alfonso Pescador, Senior R&D Project Manager from the REZBUILD partner Placo Saint-Gobain. The webinar will be moderated by Susana Garayoa, the Communication Manager of REZBUILD Project and European Communication projects Manager of ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project’s main goal is to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA (SPAIN).

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

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

The European Commission has launched an open consultation to receive feedback from the building renovation stakeholders

According to the European Commission, the construction sector is the largest energy consumer in the continent and is responsible for approximately 40% of the EU energy consumption. For this reason, the building sector renovation will be essential in order to achieve the goals of gas emissions reduction in Europe.

As part of the commitments in the European Green Deal, the European Commission is preparing a Renovation Wave for public and private buildings to address the current low decarbonisation and energy renovation rates across the EU.

With the aim of gathering the views of the key actors of the sector to make this initiative more effective, the European Commission opened the 11th of June a public consultation on boosting the renovation of buildings across Europe. The survey, which you can find it here, aims to receive feedback on the types of buildings its Renovation Wave initiative should focus on.

This initiative is a priority for the recovery plan needed for the European Union after the pandemic situation due to the Covid-19 illness. The project’s goals are optimising building renovation across Europe and encouraging the investment and financing in this sustainable strategy.

The consultation will be open until the 9th of July and aims to gather input from the most relevant stakeholders of the European refurbishment network. This autumn, after the Commission analyses the results of this public survey, the European organization intend to publish a strategic communication and an action plan with concrete measures to deploy faster and deeper renovation.

REZBUILD Project, an initiative backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, is totally in line with the European climate objectives. The main goal of the initiative is to develop one refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction to deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

Started in 2017, REZBUILD Project is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The demo sites are residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).

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

The REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The technologies developed in the framework of the project are being tested in three demo sites in residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).

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

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

The European project celebrated a consortium meeting in Italy where partners analyzed the main goals achieved by the initiative

Two years after the REZBUILD Project started, the leading consortium of the initiative gathered in the Italian city of Venice-Mestre between the 5th and the 7th of November in order to analyse the main advances achieved by the partners in the development of advanced technologies aimed to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe.

The consortium members had the chance of exchanging knowledge, addressing the main challenges arisen within the initiative and discussing the next steps to pursue goals such as optimize the execution time of the construction works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.

The meeting started with a welcome made by OVERDI, REZBUILD’s Project coordinator. After that different presentations were carried out in order to review the main achievements, opportunities and weaknesses detected in the different work packages that integrate the initiative (from WP7 to WP10).

Project management, replicability, impact assessment, exploitation, IPR, standardization, dissemination, communication, social assessment and ethics were some of the topics highlighted on the first session where, in addition of OVERDI, ZABALA and SINTEF partners shared with the rest of the experts present at the event their insights.

The second day of the meeting started with the review of the WP4 led by VIAS. In addition, two different technical workshops addressing cost-effective technology packages, retrofitting plans, contracts and permissions were celebrated during the morning session. But the leading role of this second day was for the presentations regarding the three multiscale demo sites created for testing the developments and technologies of the REZBUILD project.

The session included a visit to the Martellago demo site, which consists in a social building built in 1970 where REZBUILD partners will renovate 2/4 residential apartments.

The visit to Martellago testing zone also permitted to reinforce links with local communities through the celebration of a workshop that boosted interaction with the different agents involved in refurbishment and promoted the exchange of points of view.

The participants showed their interest in improving energy efficiency in their homes, where energy bills are very high due to the humidity problems they have at the moment. The meeting took place at the Martellago City Council and was attended by the mayor of the town and the technicians of the local institutions.

The consortium meeting was closed with a third and final day which included a presentation regarding WP6, a workshop focused on the definition of a profitability analysis and investment model and a panel of discussion where the different partners made their conclusions.

The progresses made in the project have also allowed to advance in the discussion about an overall decision making methodology focused on future exploitation of decision making tool considering the future deployment beyond project, that is foreseen has a great impact in the value chain of the building sector.

REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

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