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.
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.
Pilot test to renovate a public school building aimed to near zero energy consumption
Based on the results of a blower door test, the analysis will look for the best way to correct the building deficiencies of the school and reduce its energy demand according to Passivhaus criteria. The renovation also includes adding sensors in the school's electrical system that will provide data to evaluate the performance of the revamped facility, detect abnormal consumption and delve deeper into the consumption patterns of the building.
BIMzeED Project: upskilling the construction sector in the fields of BIM and nZEB
This is a Erasmus+ project that intends to update the knowledge and skills of educators and trainers and SMEs in the construction sector, through provision of specific new educational materials on the fields of BIM and nZEB. ITeC will contribute to BIMzeED by sharing its experience on creation of BIM objects, and especially in assuring the interoperability of these objects among the different BIM platforms available in the market.
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)
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.
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.
Energy renovation seen as an investment
Renovating a dwelling in order to make it energy efficient is not too different from setting up a retirement plan: in both cases there is an initial outlay and the expectations for return are in the long term. The study considers a renovation budget for upgrading a standard dwelling into a C- or B-rated dwelling and estimates on the one hand the savings in the energy bill if such renovation is performed; and on the other, the benefits if the budget is turned into a contribution to a retirement plan.