iBROAD project kicks off with aim to become driver for deep building renovation

July 10, 2017

Photo: iBROAD/BPIE
iBROAD project kicks off with aim to become driver for deep building renovation

iBROAD, a new project funded by the Horizon 2020 European program, has been launched with the aim to explore, design, develop and demonstrate the concept of individual Building Renovation Roadmaps.

With 12 partners from 9 countries, it kicked off on 3-4 July 2017 in the Athens metropolitan area, in Greece. With the innovative approach proposed, the project aims to become a real driver for deep renovation.

Representing an evolution of the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and energy audit systems, these building renovation roadmaps will serve as a tool outlining a customised renovation plan with a long-term horizon for deep step-by-step renovation of individual buildings (iBROAD-Plan), combined with a repository of building-related information (logbook, iBROAD-Log).

iBROAD will be a consumer-tailored project as it will strongly support building owners in step-by-step deep renovations, removing barriers and lock-in effects. Energy auditors and end-users will be empowered with knowledge and experience of deep renovation in individual buildings. Public authorities will be provided with real-life studies and analysis supporting deep renovation, both for individual buildings and as a long-term national strategy, thus increasing the renovation rate and depth across the EU.

With a target focus on residential buildings, the project will analyse and build upon relevant examples from Germany, France and Belgium (Flanders), to identify the elements, develop an integrated concept, and produce modular tools, suitable for differing national conditions.

The iBROAD innovative concept and tools will be tested in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and Germany, supported by auditor training, and providing feedback as input to the feasibility and replicability analysis of the model to other building typologies and EU Member States. Stakeholder engagement will be sought from the start at the national (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden) and EU level, for maximum impact.

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 ofVienna (Austria), INZEB – Institute of Zero Energy Buildings (Greece), BPAC – Blue Planet Academy & Consulting (Belgium), EneffectCenter 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).