POCITYF project: smart cities prioritizing energy and heritage issues
POCITYF (A Positive Energy CITY Transformation Framework) is a EU-funded project for transforming European cities into more efficient, healthy, sustainable living environments with “positive energy districts”, this is, groups of buildings that actively manage their energy consumption and the energy flow between them and the wider energy system. The overall aim is to help cities deliver positive energy districts while respecting their mixed urban settings that often include heritage assets.
SPEEDIER project: promotion of energy efficiency in SMEs through energy audits
The European Union asks member states to encourage SMEs to optimize their energy efficiency, so companies should undertake energy audits as a first step for spotting opportunities for improvement. The aim of the SPEEDIER project is to create a self-financed, outsourced energy management service, tailored to the needs of the SMEs, which will also allow them to quantify the impact of the measures they implement.
Environmental Product Declaration for a range of synthetic insulation products
Obtaining an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a two-step process, implementation and verification, which must be entrusted to a EPD consultant. In the case of this family of insulation products, the implementation has been entrusted to ITeC as an authorized consultant for the DAPcons® system. The process begins with a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) with the Simapro® software and the latest version of the Ecoinvent database, obtaining also the carbon footprint. The verification is carried out by another consultant, external to ITeC, who reviews the reports, the calculation method and the results obtained.
Upgrade of ITeC’s database with Recycled Content Products
There is a demand for construction products that are manufactured from recycled materials, which often does not materialize in practice because they have not been explicitly specified in the project stage. To overcome this obstacle, ITeC's database of construction elements has been expanded to include a series of products in which recycled plastic, recycled rubber (from out of use tires), steel slag or recycled glass can be found in its composition. Each of them has its price, technical specs and environmental data, so prescribers can use them in the project as easily as the rest of the products of the database.
Technical advice to design a nearly zero-energy municipal building
A municipality develops a new building that, according to the deadlines for public facilities regarding EC Directive 2002/91, must be a nearly zero-energy building. ITeC advises the winning team of the project contest in order to achieve nZEB status, and also oversees the compliance with the rest of the environmental regulations and the Waste Management Study, as well as the correct calculation of environmental impacts (CO2, energy and waste)
Houseful project: eco-innovation and circular economy in residential construction
In this European project new building solutions are developed to optimize generation of waste and consumption of water, energy and material resources throughout the whole life cycle of the building, to be demonstrated in four large apartment buildings. ITeC participates in the BIM aspects of the project and its monitoring, and in the creation of a methodology to quantify the degree of circularity of the building.
Pilot test for sensoring the buildings of a public developer
A public developer wants to explore further the monitoring of the buildings under its responsibility, cross-checking the energy consumption readings and other environmental indicators with the data of the building project, the as-built data and the maintenance program of each building, which have been prepared according to TCQ methods developed by ITeC. The objective is to collate all this information in a single repository and look for patterns that lead to better ways to manage the existing building stock and also optimize future projects.
Development of the CTU indicator (Total Cost for the end-User) for energy efficiency
This new indicator contemplates the cost of the energy that a construction product or equipment consumes throughout its service life, as an addition to the acquisition cost used for preparing budgets. By crossing energy consumption with the energy source used in each case, it makes it possible to assess not just the monetary impact but also the environmental impact, in the form of greenhouse gas emissions and other local pollutants such as NOx and microparticles. The goal is to obtain the CTU of 6000 building elements.
Tool for quick estimation of CO2 emissions in civil engineering projects
It provides civil engineers with CO2 emission values during the process of designing infrastructure projects. It is a web tool where the user can choose among different technical options for the key types of work, enter the quantities and get an amount of CO2 emissions automatically. As a result, it is possible to make project decisions taking into account the environmental footprint.
Automatic system of calculation of environmental indicators to use as references in construction projects
A public developer has been collecting the environmental ratios (energy, emissions and waste) of their latest projects. The goal is to use all this experience to benchmark the environmental performance of any given new project. The system will require the user to define the type of project in question, and it will automatically process the results obtained in the past that are relevant to produce reference ratios that suit the specific project at issue.