A vision for smart buildings in Europe

Event held on April 26, from 9.15 to 11.00, at Rue de la Science 23, 5th floor, 1040 Brussels.

Buildings are not just stand-alone units using energy from the grid. They are entering a transition phase by becoming micro energy-hubs consuming, producing, storing and supplying energy more flexibly than before. Whether or when this transformation will really happen depends to a large degree on the implementation of supportive policies.

Through this event we aimed to foster a critical discussion around the definition of the smart buildings’ concept and the vision for the future built environment. These lingering questions together with the concretisation of the “smartness indicator” set out in the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package were the main topics tackled. Further tangible recommendations of what can be done at the EU level to bolster smart buildings and their associated benefits was also discussed.

Please find the agenda and presentations below.


8.45    Welcoming coffee and croissants, registration

9.15    Welcome by Oliver Rapf (BPIE)

9.20    Is Europe ready for the smart buildings revolution?, Maarten De Groote (BPIE)


9.45    A vision for smart buildings and the policy implications, Frances Bean (BPIE)


10.10   Panel discussion & debate, moderated by Oliver Rapf (BPIE)

What is needed at the European level to support and boost the transition to smart buildings?

  • Alix Chambris (Danfoss)
  • Christophe Arnaud (SolarPower Europe)
  • Grace Murray (Smart Energy Demand Coalition)
  • Steven Van Deun (Vito)

10.50   Closing and next steps, Oliver Rapf (BPIE)