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ECTP Event | Goodbye 'EeB cPPP', and hello 'Built4People'

28th October 2020, Afternoon.

Sustainable Places 2020 will host a high-level event organized by ECTP –the European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform – to celebrate the completion by the end of 2020 of the Energy-efficient Buildings contractual Public-Private Partnership (EeB cPPP). It will feature presentations from the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation,  DG Energy), the ECTP – Alain Zarli (ECTP Secretary General), as well as key industrial actors involved in the management of the Partnership, such as ACCIONA – Javier Bonilla (chair of the ECTP Energy-efficient Buildings Committee), Bouygues – Emmanuel Forest (ECTP President), and EDF – Antoine Aslanides (EeB cPPP Co-Chair). Selected EeB projects will showcase presentations of their key achievements in the context of the EeB cPPP. The event will conclude with a first outline and discussion of Built4People, the new research & innovation partnership on ‘people-centric sustainable built environment’ which is expected to exploit the outcomes and extend the scope and objectives of the EeB PPP. Upon potential agreement under discussion from the EU representative instances, this new partnership is to be implemented under the Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027).

Chair of the workshop : Alain ZARLI, ECTP Secretary General

Thematic Sessions

BIPV - Building Integrated Photovoltaics

BIPV – Building Integrated Photovoltaics – are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. They need to satisfy multiple building functions such as mechanical rigidity and structural integrity; primary weather impact protection including rain, snow, wind, etc.; energy economy, such as shading, daylighting, thermal insulation; fire protection, noise protection, in addition to architectural and aesthetic considerations. This SP2020 session will feature presentations and roundtables involving several H2020 projects which are contributing to develop disruptive BIPV applications, to trigger the penetration of BIPV in the building sector, and to contribute to the creation of new opportunities and the diversification of the European PV manufacturing industry. 

Participating projects : Tech4Win  SOLAR WIN – PVSITESBIPVBOOST

Session chair : Alejandro Pérez Rodríguez – IREC

Sustainable Digital Infrastructure

The SDIA (Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance) will host a track on opportunity of creating net-positive digital infrastructure. As one of the key topics on the European agenda, it combines the Digitalisation, Climate Protection, Data Souveranity of the new presidency.

As the 4th industrial revolution – digitalization – is accelerating, we face a once in a decade opportunity. For the first time we can decouple economic growth from resource consumption. The digital economy can be the first one that creates economic value without consuming exponentially more minerals, more energy, and other planetary resources. In this track we will explore the various opportunities from heating districts and greenhouses with data centers, to using digital infrastructure as energy-flexibility systems and how the emerging European computing infrastructure will look like. We will demonstrate that the digital economy creates a viable & needed opportunity for sustainable digital infrastructure.

Chair of the workshop : Max Schulze


Behavioural change towards energy efficiency by utilizing ICT tools

Achieving behavioural change and increasing energy efficiency through innovative IT solutions – First results and challenges
As the energy consumption habits of end users have been identified as one of the parameters influencing building performance the most, a behavioural change towards more energy efficient activities and lifestyles promises a significant potential for energy savings.
Five ongoing European projects, eTeacher, FEEdBACk, InBetween, MOBISTYLE, and UtilitEE, focus on creating innovative ICT tools aiming at raising awareness towards energy efficiency, motivating end-users to adapt more sustainable routines, helping them identify energy waste and fostering the transition to overall more efficient behaviours. The developed solutions are designed to achieve a change in user mentality and establish more efficient usage habits through triggering mechanisms, informative feedback, gamification, and automation services within a human-centric and context aware framework.
In this workshop, these five projects join forces in order to present and discuss their work and preliminary results. The latest advancements of the developed ICT tools will be presented through interactive sessions, and the major opportunities and challenges arising will be discussed.
The workshop aims at presenting cutting-edge, ICT solutions based on innovative technologies incorporating a number of different aspects such as energy efficiency, smart buildings, human-centric automations etc. As all of the participating projects focus on behavioural change with focus on the successful interaction with the users, the proposed approaches are dynamic and interdisciplinary further involving social and behavioural sciences. In this way, the presented solutions are structured in such a way as to foster end-user engagement and motivation while minimizing any foreseen nuisance.

Chair of the workshop: Evangelos Zacharis (HYPERTECH)

Deep renovation Joint Workshop 2.0

“P2Endure Deep Renovation Joint Workshop 2.0” aims at bringing together stakeholders representing key decision makers and implementers in the field of deep renovation of buildings, along with retrofitting solutions users, and developers for an array of interactive poster sessions and discussions, and a unique hands-on showcase of innovative deep renovation of building solutions.

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness on the most innovative building renovation and energy saving solutions and as well as to present and discuss altogether the main features of P2ENDURE e-Marketplace.

Participating projects : P2Endure, EENSULATE and ENVISION

Chair of the workshop: Michelle Giordano (RINA Consulting)

Renewable Heating and Cooling Solutions for Buildings and Industry

Renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling are safe, clean, efficient and increasingly cost-competitive. In its vision 2050 prospective document, the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling – RHC ETIP – envisions that 100% renewable energy-based heating and cooling (100% RHC) in Europe is possible by 2050.

This workshop will bring together a selection of H2020 EU-funded projects involving experts from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors to discuss a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling for buildings and industry.

Participating projects : SWS-HeatingHYBUILDCREATETRI-HPHYCOOLSHIP2FAIRSUNHORIZONHeat4CoolGEOFIT SCORES – Innova microSolarSolBioRev – Hybrid BioVGE

Chair of the workshop: Andrea Frazzica (CNR ITAE) 
Participating European Commission representative: Eleftherios Bourdakis, Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation

Integrated Home Renovation Services

Europe faces a profound challenge – to triple the current renovation rate in order to meet its climate and energy goals. For project promoters such as homeowners, the renovation process can be complicated, shaped by the ambiguity of the interventions to implement, combined with a lack of knowledge on existing solutions, as well as a lack of services to coordinate all required market actors involved in the renovation process. This often results in lengthy, time- consuming and disruptive renovation processes for both occupants and neighbours (e.g. noise, dust, need to move out, etc.). Low qualification of many building professionals and unattractiveness of the overall energy renovation process are among the reasons why the renovation rate continues to linger around 1% and private investments remain limited. Achieving the full market potential of renovation calls for a paradigm shift, where both a more service- oriented supply-side and a deeper awareness on the demand-side play key roles, and where market offers go beyond energy performance to include a wider range of home improvement and support services. Such an approach will result in less-intrusive, better coordinated, more efficient and more attractive interventions.

This workshop led by TURNKEY-RETROFIT will bring together several H2020 EU-funded projects which aim at creating or replicating innovative “Integrated Home Renovation services” throughout Europe. Each project aims at dramatically improving the quality of the renovation service by covering the whole “customer journey” from technical and social diagnosis, technical offer, contracting of works, structuring and provision of finance, to the monitoring of works and quality assurance.

Participating projects : TURNKEY RETROFIT, RenoBooster, PadovaFit ExpandedOPENGELA and RenoHUB

Chairs of the workshop: Dominique CACCAVELLI (CSTB) and Margaux BARRETT (BPIE)

Integration of renewable energy technologies in district heating and cooling solutions for sustainable living

There is a large potential to integrate substantial shares of renewable energy sources in district heating and/or cooling systems, reducing dependency of DHC on fossil fuels and ultimately leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system.

A number of EU funded projects are currently working on this topic. The objective of the workshop is to share WEDISTRICT project concept with other sister projects and interested stakeholders in order to exchange new ideas, lessons learnt from implementation, proposals about the successful integration of renewable technologies in DHC.


Chairs of the workshop: Maria Victoria Cambronero Vazquez

Digitalization Tools for Energy-Efficient Renovation

Digital transformation is slowly progressing in the European construction industry, which means a huge gap between theoretical digital opportunities and the realities of on-site construction. Digitalization is the key challenge to support the renovation interventions since it may contribute to collaboration, cost efficiency, and time savings. At the same time, it guarantees process quality along with all the renovation phases, solving some of the hindrances due to the uncertainty of the process.

Particularly, the use of Building Models allows to store and share the information about the existing building through Building Information Modelling (BIM). This is a crucial point to avoid uncertainties since the models are fed and checked by all stakeholders. This workshop will bring together a selection of H2020 EU-funded projects involving experts from the AECOO industry to discuss a common strategy to pitch their progress and intermediate achievements, moreover, discuss the major technical and non- technical challenges they are currently facing.


Chairs of the workshop : Mohamed Elagiry (R2M solution) & Antoine Dugue (Nobatek INEF4)


Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector

The European Construction sector faces unprecedented challenges to achieve ambitious energy efficiency objectives, that can be met only if successful training initiatives and supporting policy instruments are put in place, acting as a springboard to stimulate the demand for energy efficiency skills.

The objective is to increase the number of skilled building professionals and/or blue collar workers across the building design, operation and maintenance value chain (designers, architects, engineers, building managers, technicians, installers, blue collar workers including apprentices, and other building professionals), with a specific focus on the engagement of SMEs. Recourse to skilled professionals/workers both for renovations and new constructions of buildings and district scale solutions should be made more attractive and easier for companies and homeowners alike.

Participating projects : INSTRUCT, BIMEET

Chairs of the workshop : Agnieszka Kowalska (ASM) & Régis Decorme (R2M Solution)

De-risking Energy Efficiency Investments

Energy efficiency is not yet considered as an attractive investment by the financial sector which limits the possibility to use external private finance on top of equity of project owners and available public funding. The lack of statistical data on the actual energy and costs savings achieved by energy efficiency investment projects, as well as on payment default rates, results in financial institutions attributing high risk premiums to energy efficiency investments. Whereas energy efficiency investments are usually expected to be paid back exclusively through the reduction of the energy bill, there is increasing evidence that non-energy benefits play a key role in the decision to invest in energy efficiency. This includes for instance increased building value, lower tenant turnover or vacancy rates etc.

A number of H2020 projects are developing innovative solutions to tackle the above challenges, and they are joining forces on a common workshop at Sustainable Places 2020 to expose their approach and discuss potential synergies.

Participating projects : EENVEST, TRIPLE-A, QUEST

Chairs of the workshop : Annalisa Andaloro (EURAC) & Rachel Desmaris (R2M Solution)

The BIM4EEB Project: a mid-term review of the BIM based tools for efficient renovation of buildings

This workshop is the interim conference of project BIM4EEB, BIM based fast toolkit for Efficient rEnovation of residential Buildings. BIM4EEB aims to foster the renovation industry by developing an attractive and powerful BIM-based toolset able to support designers in the design and planning phase, construction companies to efficiently carry out the work and service companies to provide attractive solutions for building retrofitting. The workshop will present the state of the art of the different BIM4EEB tools being demonstrated during the project: BIMeSimulator, BIM4Occupants, Connecting BIM and BACS, BIMPlanner, BIMMS, BIM Management system.  

Chair of the workshop : Cecilia Maria Bolognesi (Politecnico di Milano)

Integrated Storage systems for Residential buildings

The fight against climate change has shaped the core of the EU´s latest energy legislation under the Clean energy for all Europeans package. Energy storage has become a key player in the transition towards EU´s carbon-neutral economy by synchronising the overall energy supply and demand, at residential, district and urban level.

The current mature technologies for thermal storage are mostly based on water but a new wave of innovation is set in place to increase storage density and efficiency by  designing systems based on alternatives, such as thermochemical materials.  This new wave of innovate energy storage systems will not only will improve energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energy sources but it will also help enhancing European energy security while tackling energy poverty and unemployment.

In this workshop, 3 Horizon 2020 EeB PPP projects will present and benchmark their research on innovative integrated storage systems for both existing and new residential buildings.

Participating projects : MINISTOR, HEAT INSYDE, HYBUILD

Chair of the workshop : Inés Arias Iglesias, FEUGA (Spain)
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