After some initial email contacts between single projects, a very productive conference call has been organized between five ongoing H2020 projects related on topics: “EE-11 – Overcoming market barriers and promoting deep renovation of buildings” and “EE10 – Supporting accelerated and cost-effective deep renovation of buildings through Public Private Partnership (EeB PPP)”.
The meeting was on January 16 and was attended by the following projects:
- ALDREN (ALliance for Deep RENovation in buildings): https://aldren.eu/
- HAPPEN (Holistic APproach & Platform for the deep renovation of the Med residential built ENvironment): website under construction, more information
- Triple A-Reno (Renovating Europe for its citizens): https://triplea-reno.eu/
- Fit-to-NZEB (Innovative training schemes for retrofitting to nZEB-levels): http://www.fit-to-nzeb.com/
- iBRoad (Individual Building Renovation Roadmaps): https://ibroad-project.eu/
The main goal of this first meeting was to identify possible collaborations (e.g. on communication, dissemination, technical content, training activities, pilots, etc).
The productive discussion highlighted the following issues:
- (Voluntary) Certification scheme and Building Renovation Passport
- Deep & NZEB renovation / Stepwise renovation (residential)
- Relation to the new EPBD
- Co-benefits introducing important topics like: health and IEQ
- Market aspects, integrated/holistic approach, training
- Common language
- Financial aspects
- Regulatory aspects
- IT Tools and platforms
- Interaction with end-users
- Stakeholders involvement: building professionals, financial sector, public authorities, building owners, academic sector, etc.
The following ideas on Communication and Dissemination have been proposed:
- the organization of a common training or communication event in 2019
- start connection by social media and respective newsletter to keep each other informed
- start a mutual promotion and invitation to each other’s events
At the end, the participants agreed to arrange a follow up with a tentative agenda for a possible physical meeting in Brussels and the possibility to realize a joint publication in the upcoming months that could cluster the firsts outputs of all the projects to enlarge visibility and spread knowledge.
During the discussions raised a very important point related to the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and the Building Passport (BP). The participants agreed to contribute to a common EU EPC, which could be adapted to each project if needed, but with a common background. It should be avoided to add to the 32 existing mandatory EPC’s, additional EP’s invented by each H2020 project. This would only create additional confusion and would not support EU harmonization.