What is HEART?

The HEART toolkit incorporates different components and technologies, which cooperate to transform an existing building into a smart building.

In developing this toolkit, the project advances and improves energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in buildings across Europe. Particularly in Central and Southern Europe where climate change is leading to increased electricity consumption both during summer and winter seasons.

How does HEART contribute?
  • Improves European building renovation process by simplifying it.
  • Reduces total energy consumption, integrates renewable energy, and rationalizes energy flow between buildings and smart grids.
  • Involves stakeholders, supports energy financing as well as the exploitation of renewable energy.
  • Concept can be extended to new residential buildings in addition to existing buildings.
Project Profile:
  • Name: HEART – The Sum of All Things
  • HEART Acronym: Holistic Energy and Architectural Retrofit Toolkit
  • Coordinator: Politecnico de Milano
  • Type of project: H2020 IA Project
  • Number of partners: 16
  • Number of countries: 10
  • Project Duration: 4 years
  • Geographical focus: Central and Southern Europe

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.