H2020 project iBROAD kicks off, focusing on individual building renovation roadmaps

iBROAD, the new Horizon 2020 project aiming to explore, design, develop and demonstrate the concept of individual Building Renovation ROADmaps, with 12 partners from 9 countries kicked off on 3-4 July 2017 in Athens, Greece.

Renovating a building can be complex and time consuming. For building owners, the lack of knowledge about what to do and in which order to implement renovation measures is one of the main obstacles to improving the energy performance of their building.

The iBROAD project works on lifting these barriers by developing a so-called Individual Building Renovation Roadmap for single family houses. This tool looks at the building as a whole and provides a customised renovation plan with a long-term horizon (15-20 years). The Renovation Roadmap will be combined with a repository of building-related information (building logbook/passport) on aspects like the energy consumption and production, executed maintenance and building plans. This approach circumvents the risk of ‘lock-in’ future renovation solutions due to a lack of foresight.

The Renovation Roadmap is, at its core, a home-improvement plan which considers the occupant’s needs and specific situations (e.g., age, financial situation, composition and expected evolution of the household, etc.).

iBROAD aims to empower consumers and support them in taking informed decision concerning building renovation, based on their Individual Building Renovation Roadmaps. At the same time, this approach is expected to empower home-owners with knowledge and experience of deep renovation, to provide energy auditors with a practical tool and to provide public authorities with real-life examples of residential deep renovation.

The Renovation Roadmaps will be tested and verified by experts and governmental actors in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and Germany, with a view of engaging national stakeholders in other EU countries (Greece, Sweden, Romania).

By doing so, iBROAD will encourage the uptake of cost-effective building renovation measures and boost deep renovation to increase energy efficiency.

The iBROAD project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.

The project is led by Sympraxis Team (Greece) and the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE, Belgium), with a consortium of partners including: ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (Germany), TU Wien – Technical University of Vienna (Austria), INZEB – Institute of Zero Energy Buildings (Greece), BPAC – Blue Planet Academy & Consulting (Belgium), Eneffect Center for Energy Efficiency (Bulgaria), ADENE Energy Agency (Portugal), VEA – Flemish Energy Agency (Belgium), KAPE – Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (Poland), PHC – Passive House Center (Sweden), INCD URBAN-INCERC – National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (Romania).

While the project website is being designed, follow the project on Twitter at: @iBROAD_project

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