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Proceedings, 2019, SP 2019

Sustainable Places 2019

Cagliari, Italy | 5–7 June 2019

Volume Editor: Zia Lennard


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Accelerating Energy Renovation Solution for Zero Energy Buildings and Neighbourhoods—The Experience of the RenoZEB Project
Published: 18 July 2019
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Buildings are the key factor to transform cities and to contribute to recent European energy efficiency objectives for 2030 and long-term 2050. New buildings account to only 1–2% annually. Yet, ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990, [...] Read more.
Buildings are the key factor to transform cities and to contribute to recent European energy efficiency objectives for 2030 and long-term 2050. New buildings account to only 1–2% annually. Yet, ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990, it is therefore necessary to promote their energy renovation to achieve the set objectives. Renovation solutions are available on the market, yet a wrong implementation and integration due to a lack of knowledge neither maximizes the energy performance of the post-retrofitting nor the financial optimisation and viability of the projects. This paper presents research on a plug & play, modular, easy installable façade and ICT decision making technologies to provide affordable solutions in order to overcome those deep renovation barriers. The paper sets out by defining a value framework that can be applied by real estate investors for making better retrofitting decisions for residential buildings, through mapping targeted building typologies and investigating new building revalorisation strategies, new renovation concepts and KPIs for evaluation. Thereafter the paper presents the modular and easy-to-install façade system that is replicable and scalable at European level. Full article
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Behaviour Demand Response in District Heating—A Simulation-Based Assessment of Potential Energy Savings
Published: 19 July 2019
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Behaviour Demand Response (BDR) is an approach that enables the adaptation of operation of the district heating assets to dynamic market and capacity constraints by asking building occupants to participate and temporarily alter their demand profiles. In this paper we will present an [...] Read more.
Behaviour Demand Response (BDR) is an approach that enables the adaptation of operation of the district heating assets to dynamic market and capacity constraints by asking building occupants to participate and temporarily alter their demand profiles. In this paper we will present an explicit behavioural occupant model that considers motivational factors beyond financial incentives and that integrates with the district heating simulation model of the CIT Bishopstown campus, which has been used as a testbed for the E2District project. Both models have been calibrated to reflect the actual occupant population and energy consumption of the campus for the 2018/2019 heating period. This allows an accurate simulation-based assessment of potential energy savings through different dynamic behaviour demand response (BDR) triggers. We will show how a generic district simulation model can be integrated with the occupant behaviour model to quantify the potential additional energy savings that can be achieved through better demand-side management of the heating system. Full article
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Sun and thermal Energy: Europe’s Precious Energy Sources for Efficient Industries and Buildings
Published: 19 July 2019
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In this workshop, we discussed the progress of five Horizon 2020 projects—HYCOOL, SHIP2FAIR, THERMOSS, SUNHORIZON and HYBUILD—all implementing solar thermal and renewable technologies for buildings and for the industrial sector. The discussion offered opportunities to identify and benchmark key challenges being faced by [...] Read more.
In this workshop, we discussed the progress of five Horizon 2020 projects—HYCOOL, SHIP2FAIR, THERMOSS, SUNHORIZON and HYBUILD—all implementing solar thermal and renewable technologies for buildings and for the industrial sector. The discussion offered opportunities to identify and benchmark key challenges being faced by the projects, both technical and non-technical, and allowed to identify cooperation opportunities. Full article
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District and Building Energy Systems: A Collaborative Exchange of Results on Optimal System Operation for Energy Efficiency
Published: 19 July 2019
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Workshop organized by INDIGO project as a collaborative activity among EU funded projects in the area of District Energy Systems. The objective of the workshop was twofold: (1) to create a cluster of European funded projects working in the area of Energy Systems; [...] Read more.
Workshop organized by INDIGO project as a collaborative activity among EU funded projects in the area of District Energy Systems. The objective of the workshop was twofold: (1) to create a cluster of European funded projects working in the area of Energy Systems; and (2) to create a networking opportunity in which to share experiences on the results and difficulties of the researches, and to identify synergies. Full article
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Distributed Schemes, Innovative Solutions for Smart Grids: P2P, Multi-Agent Systems & Blockchain
Published: 19 July 2019
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Clustering workshop of low TRL Smart Grids and Storage projects, focused on distributed schemes such as MAS, blockchain, P2P, among others. This workshop was organized by DRIvE project. The objective of the event was to establish common goals and methodologies among the participants, [...] Read more.
Clustering workshop of low TRL Smart Grids and Storage projects, focused on distributed schemes such as MAS, blockchain, P2P, among others. This workshop was organized by DRIvE project. The objective of the event was to establish common goals and methodologies among the participants, and to have a relevant discussion forum. Full article
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Scientific review of the Heat-to-Fuel Project
Published: 19 July 2019
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Heat-to-Fuel (HtF) is a 48 months Horizon 2020 project which main objective is to deliver the next generation of biofuel production technologies supporting the de-carbonisation of the transportation sector by integrating its novel technologies together with innovative activities on design, modelling, development of [...] Read more.
Heat-to-Fuel (HtF) is a 48 months Horizon 2020 project which main objective is to deliver the next generation of biofuel production technologies supporting the de-carbonisation of the transportation sector by integrating its novel technologies together with innovative activities on design, modelling, development of hardware and processes, testing and life cycle analysis of a fully integrated system. Reaching almost the half of HtF project, within this short paper a summary review on the main research outcomes and publications will be presented. Full article
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Next Generation of Concentrated Solar Power Technologies
Published: 22 July 2019
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This paper presents the results from the workshop organized by the NEXTOWER project aimed at creating a cluster and exchange forum for projects and research activities in the area of Concentrated Solar Power. Synergies and experiences were shared, common difficulties, specially when dealing [...] Read more.
This paper presents the results from the workshop organized by the NEXTOWER project aimed at creating a cluster and exchange forum for projects and research activities in the area of Concentrated Solar Power. Synergies and experiences were shared, common difficulties, specially when dealing with innovative materials were found and discussed and new collaboration opportunities where presented. Full article
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Positive Energy Districts Methodology and Its Replication Potential
Published: 22 July 2019
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Positive Energy District (PED) strategy aims at speeding up the urban decarbonization, regarding mainly its scalability potential. For MAKING CITY, PED is defined as “an urban area with clear boundaries, consisting on buildings of different typologies that actively manage the energy flow between [...] Read more.
Positive Energy District (PED) strategy aims at speeding up the urban decarbonization, regarding mainly its scalability potential. For MAKING CITY, PED is defined as “an urban area with clear boundaries, consisting on buildings of different typologies that actively manage the energy flow between them and the larger energy system to reach an annual positive energy balance”. Aligned with it, a PED guideline (a standardized concept valid to be the core of specific urban energy transitions planning processes) is being created taking into account the constraints of the fellow cities underlining main needs in terms of energy and land use planning in principle. Full article
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SPHERE: BIM Digital Twin Platform
Published: 22 July 2019
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SPHERE (Service Platform to Host and sharE REsidential data) is a 4-year Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, carried out by 19 SMEs, RTOs and Large Enterprises across Europe. The platform aims to provide citizens, AEC stakeholders, as well as city administrations and urban developers, [...] Read more.
SPHERE (Service Platform to Host and sharE REsidential data) is a 4-year Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, carried out by 19 SMEs, RTOs and Large Enterprises across Europe. The platform aims to provide citizens, AEC stakeholders, as well as city administrations and urban developers, with an integrated ICT platform that will allow for a better assessment and development of the Design, Construction and Performance of residential buildings. SPHERE platform will facilitate improvements in the energy performance of buildings from the start of the construction process. In addition, it will also reduce time, costs, and the environmental impact of construction processes and improve the indoor environment due to a seamless integration of each meaning dimension and respective stakeholders within the platform. Full article
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New Combined Solution to Harness Wave Energy—Full Renewable Potential for Sustainable Electricity and Fresh Water Production
Published: 23 July 2019
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This paper is a first general dissemination of the H2020 Project Wave to Energy and Water (W2EW) started in January 2019. The joint vision of the W2EW consortium (Wavepiston, Ener.Med, Fiellberg, Vryhof) is to deliver a world-beating wave powered technology solution for electricity [...] Read more.
This paper is a first general dissemination of the H2020 Project Wave to Energy and Water (W2EW) started in January 2019. The joint vision of the W2EW consortium (Wavepiston, Ener.Med, Fiellberg, Vryhof) is to deliver a world-beating wave powered technology solution for electricity production and desalination. It relies on the innovative integration of wave energy and sea water desalination technologies, to produce zero-emission electricity and fresh water, with dynamic optimization of energy production and maximizing the available wave energy using fresh water as storage. The W2EW solution enables competitive cost of electricity and water. The present project is critical to demonstrate the W2EW solution in a real-life environment, to reduce the risk profile of the solution and to build the market to pave the way for broad market roll-out. The scope of the paper is to introduce the project W2EW and its expected results to a broader audience. Full article
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Exploitation of Business Models for Deep Renovation
Published: 23 July 2019
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In this workshop, we discussed the exploitation experiences gathered in some relevant H2020 projects on deep renovation: TripleA-reno, ProGETonE, P2Endure, 4rinEU, STUNNING, and TURNkey Retrofit. Directives and practical insights that support the experimentation with exploitation strategies in EU-funded projects will be elaborated as [...] Read more.
In this workshop, we discussed the exploitation experiences gathered in some relevant H2020 projects on deep renovation: TripleA-reno, ProGETonE, P2Endure, 4rinEU, STUNNING, and TURNkey Retrofit. Directives and practical insights that support the experimentation with exploitation strategies in EU-funded projects will be elaborated as outcome of the workshop. Full article
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BENEFFICE: Behaviour Change, Consumption Monitoring and Analytics with Complementary Currency Rewards
Published: 24 July 2019
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BENEFFICE designed (eco-)system aims to reduce wasted electricity by incentivizing long-term consumption savings. It leverages Internet of Things enabled, low cost devices, which capture electricity use patterns at the level of clusters of devices and of each individual consumer. An energy behavior model [...] Read more.
BENEFFICE designed (eco-)system aims to reduce wasted electricity by incentivizing long-term consumption savings. It leverages Internet of Things enabled, low cost devices, which capture electricity use patterns at the level of clusters of devices and of each individual consumer. An energy behavior model correlates these patterns with optimal, personalized comfort levels and geographic and energy use contexts to determine optimal energy use behavior to reduce wastage of energy and to increase the use of renewable resources. Personalised, real-time motivational paths and challenges are contributing to deliver sustainable reductions of electricity consumption. Voluntarily engagement is achieved by the provision of monetary rewards -CO2 credits- in return of electricity savings and successful challenges. A novel ecosystem of like-minded actors of businesses who pay in CO2 credits and consumers who act for earning them is established. Full article
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Exploitation of the European Research Projects Aiming to Achieve a Behavior Change for Energy Saving Through Innovative IT Solutions
Published: 24 July 2019
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Under H2020 program, the European Commission (EC) is investing in projects that aim to develop IT tools that are attractive for its users and therefore leading to a long-term behavior change for energy savings. Four of such funded projects are: BENEFFICE, enCOMPASS, MOBISTYLE [...] Read more.
Under H2020 program, the European Commission (EC) is investing in projects that aim to develop IT tools that are attractive for its users and therefore leading to a long-term behavior change for energy savings. Four of such funded projects are: BENEFFICE, enCOMPASS, MOBISTYLE and UtilitEE. To ensure exploitation and further uptake of the project results, EC provides Support Services for Exploitation of Research Results (SSERR). Through this support, a workshop was held at the Sustainable Places Conference 2019 to present the business value proposition of the above mentioned H2020 projects. This paper presents the outcomes of the workshop on how to pitch the research projects. Conclusive remarks were given to provide projects partners further recommendations on how to exploit the results to key actors (such as investors and business partners). Full article
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Post-Workshop Report for Plug-N-Harvest Modular Façade Retrofit Workshop on Sustainable Places 2019
Published: 24 July 2019
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As part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Plug-N-Harvest project consortium, authors hosted a 90-minute workshop to discuss issues related the modular façade retrofit development in Europe on Sustainable Places 2019 conference at Cagliari, Italy on 6th June 2019. This post-workshop report outlined [...] Read more.
As part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Plug-N-Harvest project consortium, authors hosted a 90-minute workshop to discuss issues related the modular façade retrofit development in Europe on Sustainable Places 2019 conference at Cagliari, Italy on 6th June 2019. This post-workshop report outlined research outputs presented by four speakers from Cardiff University, RWTH Aachen University, ETRA I+D and Eco Intelligent Growth. It also presented the key information discussed during the workshop. The representatives from about ten H2020 projects joined the discussions. Workshop participants provided technical suggestions on façade design, user interface development for the energy management system, circular economy business models for modular façade and consortium building. The representatives agreed that strengthening the synergy among different Horizon 2020 projects would be a benefit for all. Full article
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DRIMPAC—Unified Demand Response Interoperability Framework Enabling Market Participation of Active Energy Consumers
Published: 24 July 2019
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Residential and tertiary buildings are responsible for 44% of final energy consumption in Europe. However, they are currently not engaged in Demand Response (DR) activities due to technology-related and consumer-related roadblocks. One of the main technological roadblocks is the extreme fragmentation of protocols, [...] Read more.
Residential and tertiary buildings are responsible for 44% of final energy consumption in Europe. However, they are currently not engaged in Demand Response (DR) activities due to technology-related and consumer-related roadblocks. One of the main technological roadblocks is the extreme fragmentation of protocols, data models and standards for Building Energy Management (BEM) systems and Building to Grid (B2G) communications. DRIMPAC is an EU-funded Innovation Action that aims to address the interoperability gaps and standards fragmentation in the residential and commercial buildings Demand Response domain aiming to reduce costs for all involved actors and make DR more attractive for the end prosumer. Full article
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Planning of Energy Production and Management of Energy Resources in Local Energy Communities: The Case of Berchidda Municipality (Italy)
Published: 24 July 2019
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This paper aims to present the ideas and the strategies behind the project called “Berchidda Energy 4.0” which proposes the development of a smart Local Energy Community in the Municipality of Berchidda (Italy). The project is focused on increasing energy efficiency by fostering [...] Read more.
This paper aims to present the ideas and the strategies behind the project called “Berchidda Energy 4.0” which proposes the development of a smart Local Energy Community in the Municipality of Berchidda (Italy). The project is focused on increasing energy efficiency by fostering renewable generation production and maximizing the self-consumption of the energy produced, as well as increasing the active involvement of the consumers that will be equipped with smart home automation system for demand response applications. Full article
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Methodology for the Advanced Integrated Urban Energy Planning
Published: 25 July 2019
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The holistic modelling approach required for the long-term integrated urban energy planning is becoming a big challenge since the complexity of cities, as well as their commitments are increasing rapidly. Many municipalities require technical support during the definition of the direction of their [...] Read more.
The holistic modelling approach required for the long-term integrated urban energy planning is becoming a big challenge since the complexity of cities, as well as their commitments are increasing rapidly. Many municipalities require technical support during the definition of the direction of their long-term energy transition plans. Innovative modelling approaches and the ex-ante impact assessment are necessary steps of the process since the direction adopted by the city will have many long-lasting implications not only in the energy and climate dimensions but also in their social and economic development. This paper presents the overall methodological and modelling approach and the initial results of the developed Advanced Integrated Urban Planning process that has been validated by its application in the cities of Helsinki, Hamburg and Nantes. Full article
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ModSCO. Online Reduced Order Models (ROM) to Address the Performance Gap
Published: 25 July 2019
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This communication presents ModSCO, a web application that supports systematic energy performance evaluation using Reduced Order Models (ROM). These models are particularly useful in scenario with missing, incomplete or uncertain building information. The paper describes the theory behind ROM grey-box modelling and presents [...] Read more.
This communication presents ModSCO, a web application that supports systematic energy performance evaluation using Reduced Order Models (ROM). These models are particularly useful in scenario with missing, incomplete or uncertain building information. The paper describes the theory behind ROM grey-box modelling and presents case studies that support the smart operation of energy systems by generating Energy Conservation Opportunities (ESCOs) for instance, to help ISO 50001 implementation. The ROM demonstrated to provide accurate results with a reduced effort. The acceptable calibration tolerance provided by the ASHRAE Guideline 14 is been used to demonstrate the ROM’s accuracy. Additionally, the ModSCO architecture and user interface is also described. Full article
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BUILD UPON2: Launch of the Italian Cluster for Building Renovation Initiatives in Cities
Published: 25 July 2019
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BUILD UPON2 project proposes to work with local, national and European stakeholders to create a Multi-Level Renovation Impact Framework that contains a suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators for building renovation strategies. This Framework will serve as tool for Cities in [...] Read more.
BUILD UPON2 project proposes to work with local, national and European stakeholders to create a Multi-Level Renovation Impact Framework that contains a suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators for building renovation strategies. This Framework will serve as tool for Cities in delivering the EPBD and ensure that local initiatives are aligned with national and European policies. The objective of the project’s Italian cluster is to gather together a number of cities and stakeholders aiming at sharing strategies and results of initiatives undertaken at city scale for the renovation of the building stock and testing the Multi-Level Renovation Impact Framework. Full article
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Clean Energy Storage Workshop
Published: 26 July 2019
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The Clean Energy Package foresees a strong roll out of decentralized energy systems with renewable generation and storage. The STORY project has designed and tested six different storage solutions for a decentralized renewable energy system. In the workshop organised in the frame of [...] Read more.
The Clean Energy Package foresees a strong roll out of decentralized energy systems with renewable generation and storage. The STORY project has designed and tested six different storage solutions for a decentralized renewable energy system. In the workshop organised in the frame of SP19 conference, we highlighted some of the economic, social and technical barriers to storage in Europe and how these have been addressed. Full article
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Transforming Energy Efficiency into an Entirely New Customer Experience—An Effective Way to Engage Consumers—The UtilitEE Project Concept
Published: 26 July 2019
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In this paper, we present the concept of UtilitEE project, an innovative and realistic solution for delivering a customer-oriented Behavioural Change Framework based on an open ICT ecosystem integrated into the building with low cost, off-the-shelf sensors. The solution also incorporates human-centric intelligent [...] Read more.
In this paper, we present the concept of UtilitEE project, an innovative and realistic solution for delivering a customer-oriented Behavioural Change Framework based on an open ICT ecosystem integrated into the building with low cost, off-the-shelf sensors. The solution also incorporates human-centric intelligent control features that use occupant comfort profiles and supportively control HVAC and lighting systems to minimize energy waste, while always keeping occupants comfortable and preserving a healthy indoor environment. Key part of the technical development work is the end users' involvement in co-designing the user interfaces and its features. In the following sections, the objectives and the preliminary high-level system architecture are presented along with the pilot deployment activities for system validation and demonstration. Full article
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A Global Energy Management System to Support Sustainable Decision Making
Published: 6 August 2019
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Global energy consumption has risen enormously over the past century due to population growth and increasing energy use per person. Industrial production consumes a significant portion of global energy resources. Thus, industrial sector’s investment in energy efficiency is critical to a sustainable future. [...] Read more.
Global energy consumption has risen enormously over the past century due to population growth and increasing energy use per person. Industrial production consumes a significant portion of global energy resources. Thus, industrial sector’s investment in energy efficiency is critical to a sustainable future. For most global enterprises the consumption of energy and natural resources represents a major overhead and developing sustainable energy policies can represent a significant competitive advantage due to the growing price of energy and volatility of supply. This symbiotic relationship can lead to the mutual benefits of increasing industrial efficiency whilst allowing the transition to a sustainable renewables-based energy future and needs to be significantly harnessed. This paper describes a decision support framework to help industrial organisations make positive investment decisions on energy performance improvement projects. Full article
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Demand Response: Moving beyond the Technical and Physical Context of Buildings
Published: 12 August 2019
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This paper discussed the demonstration experiences from an EU funded H2020 project called “Demand Response in Blocks of Buildings” (DR-BOB). The project developed a Demand Response solution and demonstrated that solution at four blocks-of-buildings sites. Based on a comparative analysis of qualitative results [...] Read more.
This paper discussed the demonstration experiences from an EU funded H2020 project called “Demand Response in Blocks of Buildings” (DR-BOB). The project developed a Demand Response solution and demonstrated that solution at four blocks-of-buildings sites. Based on a comparative analysis of qualitative results from four pilot sites at which the DR BOB solution was demonstrated, we present key lessons that are relevant to consider when initiating demand response at the level of blocks-of-buildings. What has become clear is that organisational (including user-related) conditions are highly relevant—but understudied—for successful DR at a BOB. In order to reflect this finding, we present a framework to assess three key readiness levels of blocks-of-buildings (BOB) for demand Response (DR) in which organisational readiness is included—next to physical, technological and market readiness. Full article
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BIM4Ren: Barriers to BIM Implementation in Renovation Processes in the Italian Market
Published: 12 August 2019
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As a part of BIM4REN (Building Information Modelling based tools & technologies for fast and efficient RENovation of residential buildings) H2020 project, the analysis of the barriers to the use of BIM tools in renovation processes, as well as the necessary requirements to [...] Read more.
As a part of BIM4REN (Building Information Modelling based tools & technologies for fast and efficient RENovation of residential buildings) H2020 project, the analysis of the barriers to the use of BIM tools in renovation processes, as well as the necessary requirements to ensure a successful digital workflow is presented. This paper focuses on the Italian market where surveys, interviews and a workshop are carried out. The full study provides information by type of stakeholder, type of renovation work and the phase of the process, to instruct the development of the BIM platform in subsequent steps of BIM4REN project. Full article
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