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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

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S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : E N E R G Y

the Energy Union strategy, fully in line with the

positive outputs of the PPPs ‘to put the EU at

the forefront of smart home technology … in

the aim of turning the Energy Union into a motor

for growth, jobs and competitiveness’.

The strategic objectives of the sector are to:

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Develop technologies and solutions enabling

the speeding up of the reduction in energy

use and GHG emissions, especially through

a higher renovation rate of the building stock

at lower cost;

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Develop energy efficiency solutions in order

to turn the building industry into a

knowledge-driven sustainable business with

higher productivity and higher skilled

employees; and

n

Develop innovative and smart systemic

approaches for green buildings and districts,

helping to improve the competitiveness of

the EU building industry by providing cost

effective, user-friendly, healthy and safe

products for smart cities.

Innovations underway

The fourth edition of the ‘PPP EeB Project

Review’, recently published by the sector,

The ECTP is pushing

the development of

sustainable buildings

highlights the current and potential impact of the projects that are

currently running. It illustrates the diverse research and innovation

approaches and the importance of developing all aspects of the building

sector as we strive towards our goals on energy and carbon emissions.

The projects respond to EU priorities for new technologies, tools and

systems, materials and methodologies in order to achieve energy efficient

buildings. They demonstrate scientific and technological excellence

across all levels, from early stage conception through to demonstration

of the potential for commercialisation.

It all starts with the design

Some projects deal with the development of design, decision and support

tools for energy efficient buildings, districts and cities. For example, an

industry-driven holistic approach has been achieved to enable an

optimisation of energy performance and carbon emission reduction whilst

balancing investment, maintenance and re-investment costs. Building

information modelling-based approaches prove to be very promising.

Operational guidance has been developed for lifecycle assessment

studies. A geoclustering approach is being tested to deploy the potential

of energy efficient buildings across the EU. Integrated decision tools to

support actions towards sustainable urban district retrofitting and renewal

are being developed. Novel business models are proposed to support

energy efficient retrofitting projects by SMEs, allow construction SMEs

to create alliances of stakeholders, suit the bespoke needs of users and

their specified building, or facilitate collective self-organised housing by

combining them with SMEs in an e-marketplace.