Officinæ Verdi Group participates in the last edition of REbuild Italia

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

29th of May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

About REbuild

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

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

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

Read here the 2018 Convention Program

Official visit to Norwegian demo site

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

14th of May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th of April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Rezbuild participative processes

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

 

Saving energy in buildings to contribute to a sustainable European economy

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

24th of April 2018

  • European Commission welcomed final vote on energy performance of buildings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 About EPBD

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

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

Souce and more information:

European Commission

EEP Group in the European Parliament

Norway moves toward the future of sustainable construction

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

17th of April 2018

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

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

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

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

Involvement of local communites and citizens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download REZBUILD brochure

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

16th of April 2018

Know the main characteristics of the project

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop on energy efficient initiatives in Oslo

By | 2018-04-09T16:33:45+01:00 April 9th, 2018|News|

9th of April 2018

  • REZBUILD Project will provide support for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in Bertramjordet housing cooperative.

On April 10th, REZBUILD Project will organize a workshop in Oslo to inform about the refurbishment methodology that is going to be validated in the demo building located in Bertramjordet housing cooperative, in Oslo.

REZBUILD Project will provide support for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the Norwegian housing. The goal of the renovation is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort for the tenants and making the building energy performance as a key element of the total property value.

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

The event is framed within the participative processes carried out in the project which involve local communicaties, researchers, private sector and citizens. In this sense, local communities acceptance and the understanding of Oslo population about this project is considered essential to succeed in the development of the refurbishment and renovation actions.

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

Know more about the event –>

https://rezbuildproject.eu/event/workshop-energy-efficient-initiatives-bertramjordet-oslo/

First official visit to one of REZBUILD demo sites

By | 2018-04-24T09:00:48+01:00 March 23rd, 2018|News|

23th of March 2018

  • Some consortium partners visited on February our demo building located in the town of Martellago, Venice.

Our partners OVERDI, RIMOND, UNOTT (University of Nottingham) and ESTIA hold last February an internal meeting was aimed at visiting our demo site located in the town of Martellago, Venice.

The dwelling selected for the demonstration in Italy is a two stories terrace house. This Demo has no buildings surrounding it and a relevant amount of windows, making it is a suitable site for demonstrating the efficiency from 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 reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving confort

Just as important as meeting goals and milestones in REZBUILD is being informed of the Project. In this sense, the meeting carried out in Italy allowed our partners to know the progress and the latest developments in the rehabilitation of the building located in the Italian municipality.

Our partner ESTIA, Work Package 3 leader (Collaborative Refurbishment Ecosystem based on Agile Project Management Tools), explained in the meeting the main objectives, instruments and methodology that is being carried out in this WP. WP3 seeks to develop computer models for the optimisation of each technology and combination of technologies for each type of building.

During the meeting, OVERDI, coordinator of REZBUILD, presented the  activities progress and next steps of WP2, destined to develop advanced technologies for housing renovation. In particular, OVERDI analyzed the development and integration of openBIM files and tools withn the collaborative refurbishment ecosystem.

 

REZBUILD consortium partners met in Madrid to know Spanish demo pilot

By | 2018-03-23T14:27:32+00:00 March 20th, 2018|News|

20th of March 2018

The internal meeting was held from March 19th to 20th in Madrid

After five months from REZBUILD’s kick off meeting in Rome, representatives of consortium partners met from March 19th to 20th in Madrid (Spain). The internal meeting main objective was to advance in the collaboration of the project and get to know the scenario of the demonstration experience in the city.

The dwelling selected for the demonstration in Spain is a semi-detached house, representing typical single familiar dwellings in different districts in the Community of Madrid. The housing buildings of this demo site are ubicated in San Fermin district and currently have energy rating E.

The objective of the renovation is to extend buildings useful life by another 40 years, to reduce consumption and energy costs of more than 60%, to improve comfort for the tenants, including the energy performance of the building as a factor of the total property value, to decrease the renovation time at least by 30% and reduce the refurbishment budget.

 

 

On March 19th, the members of consortium met at the headquarters of the Regional Ministry of Transport and Infrastructures (CTVI) in Madrid. CTVI, partner of REZBUILD consortium, is in charge of the implementation of the Spanish demonstration. One of the main tasks of this organization is the development, construction and maintenance of social housing in Madrid.

During the last day of the internal meeting, the attendees had the opportunity to visit the buildings that will be rehabilitated within the framework of the project.

In this sense, CTVI will play an active role as project partner in this pilot experience. CTVI will be in charge of the organisation of the global demonstrator, collecting information on performance, and gathering the monitored results for the related statistical analysis.

CTVI will work jointly with our partner VIAS, to whom it will provide the necessary administrative coordination; acquire the possible administrative permits, as well as the planning of the construction and the management of the project. As part of its role in the consortium, ZABALA will launch social innovation actions in order to work with the local communities in this area and establish the best practices in due diligence.

REZBUILD will develop one refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for deep NZEB renovation. These refurbishment ecosystem and technologies will be also validated and optimized in Oslo (Norway) and Venice (Italy).

 

 

REZBUILD: Much more than a R&I project

By | 2018-03-20T15:17:18+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|News|

23th of January 2018

This H2020 iniciative will launch participative processes with the aim of creating a social innovation community at local level

REZBUILD Project is much more than a research and innovation project. 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, a dialogue regarding best practices will be established at European level, involving the relevant transnational organisations. This aims to be an indispensible resource providing the latest information on European social innovation (a clearinghouse featuring interviews with prominent innovators, case studies of successful ventures, the latest research, and in-depth analysis from the leading thinkers in the field).

 

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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 stakeholders are involved in the Project, such as local communities, citizens, researchers, private sector, local authorities and policy makers.

The main objective is to help create a context where innovative solutions can more effectively contribute towards an innovative and collaborative refurbishement ecosystem for Europe

To inform about all the progress of the participatory processes and to encourage interaction and exchange of information, the Rezbuild website has a specific section dedicated to public participation and social innovation, full of new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and build new collaborations.

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