Towards a Decarbonized Building Sector

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Towards a Decarbonized Building Sector

Brussels, 11/06/2019

Could Social Housing Be the First to Decarbonize?

According to European Commission estimates, almost 75% of Europe’s building stock is currently energy inefficient, and the renovation rate ranges from just 0.4 to 1.2%, depending on the country. Yet minimizing energy consumption on buildings – and indeed, developing nearly-zero energy buildings (nZEBs) and positive-energy (or ‘smart’) buildings that can interact with the grid – is central to Europe’s climate and energy policy, and essential for meeting ambitious targets for 2030 and beyond.

Deep renovation of Europe’s building stock is necessary to reach ambitious climate change targets. But the reality is that “business models and solutions are not entirely there yet, in terms of cost and quality,” says Sébastien Garnier, innovation and project manager at Housing Europe, a representative network of social and public housing organizations. Housing Europe, along with 15 other partners gathered together in the Horizon 2020-funded HEART project consortium, is aiming to develop a new holistic approach to deep renovation using cloud-based decision support systems. Sounds hi-tech, but Garnier says: “in the end, it’s all about the people.”

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Scaling Up Deep Energy Retrofit Markets towards 2030 Targets

HEART, along with six other Horizon 2020 projects have organized a session to discuss the way forward on energy retrofitting of buildings. The session will be hosted as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019, where the discussion will look at deep retrofitting and how this industry can contribute to long term sustainability goals.
Register for EUSEW 2019

The HEART Concept

The core of HEART is a cloud-based computing platform that includes decision-making and energy management features. The HEART toolkit thus becomes the heart of a building, regulating its energy consumption and energy flow.
Read the HEART Leaflet

The HEART Glossary

Glossary: The Future of Smart Energy Homes – in 32 Words

HEART partners Housing Europe created a glossary of terms used in the context of smart energy homes, and in HEART specifically:
"This glossary of terms is intended to help you understand some important technical terms in the dynamic field of deep retrofit technologies used currently in the EU. After all, no real innovation may leave its own users, the people, behind."
Download the Glossary

HEART Project Updates 

Demonstration Cases

The HEART toolkit will be applied to two demonstration cases, one in France and one in Italy. The HEART consortium has officially started working on the refurbishment of these buildings. 
More About Demo Cases

Knowledge Transfer Conference

The first HEART Knowledge Transfer Conference and Stakeholder Workshop was organized by partner EURAC in November 2018 at their Bolzano, Italy campus. The conference was attended by HEART consortium partners, along with stakeholders, such as architects and designers, cyber security specialists and housing providers. 
Event Details and Materials

Reports and Publications

The HEART consortium has successfully released a number of reports and documents showcasing the project's progress. Most recently, a report highlighting the current market context in Italy, France, Spain, and Slovenia was published. 
Explore HEART's Reports
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For HEART technical details:

Dr. Claudio Del Pero
Politecnico di Milano
t. +39 349 8571920
For HEART communications:

Hadil Ayoub
Communication Assistant | REVOLVE
t. +32 2 318 39 84

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 768921.