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A2PBEER Report Summary

Project ID: 609060
Funded under: FP7-NMP
Country: Spain

Periodic Report Summary 2 - A2PBEER (Affordable and Adaptable Public Buildings through Energy Efficient Retrofitting)

Project Context and Objectives:
Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy in Europe, and those built before 1980 represent 95% of this energy consumption. The low renovation rate of building stock (1% per year) means that boosting energy efficient buildings’ retrofitting is the only way to reach EU’s “20-20-20” targets.
The higher impact will be achieved through interventions in non-residential buildings, as their energy consumption is 40% higher than in residential buildings, being the public buildings more than 30% of the non-residential buildings in EU. A2PBEER will develop a systemic energy efficient buildings’ retrofitting methodology for Public buildings and will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at district level. A2PBEER methodology will include already available building solutions and more innovative ones developed by the project: a “high performance envelope retrofitting”, based on an external and internal super-insulated (VIP–Vacuum Insulated Panels) façade retrofit and smart windows, “smart lighting systems” combining LED and natural light, and the “Smart Dual Thermal Substation”, a new approach to district heating based in smart grid functionality and integrating heating and cooling. A “kit-concept” will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions. The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (continental, oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-uses. Moreover, the replicability of A2PBEER results will be further validated through three complementary virtual projects covering additional climatic areas and end-uses. A comprehensive “Train the Trainer” and an innovative market approach will allow results be transferred to all key players of the value chain, with special focus on SMEs, and the transferability to social housing will be also addressed.

The overall objective of the project is the development, demonstration and evaluation of an innovative systemic retrofitting methodology for Public Building and District and different solutions Kits into the Demo District. This new methodology and solutions would be easily adapted into any climate conditions and any typology of Public Building.

In order to reach the main objective of the proposal, the following goals have been established:
- Development of a New Systemic Retrofitting Methodology for Public Building and District
- Development of a High Performance Retrofitting Envelope
- Development of a Smart Lighting System
- Development of a Dual Thermal Substation based on Absorption Technology for the Optimizing District Thermal Network
- Deployment and Validation on the Systemic Methodology and New Technologies through Three Real Demonstration Public Districts
-Demonstration of the Replicability of the Systemic Methodology and New Technologies through Three Virtual Demonstration Public Districts
-Analysis the Transferability of the Methodology and Technological Solutions to Social Housing
-Training the value chain and SMEs
-Paving the Way for Project Results Exploitation
-Definition of Business Model for Public Building Retrofitting

Project Results:
The project has made satisfactory progress in relation to the Description of Work. At this stage of the project the innovative technologies have been developed and an efficient integrated retrofitting methodology has been achieved so that it can be replicated throughout the European Union in different climatic regions.
Three public buildings located in Bilbao Spain, Ankara Turkey and Malmo Sweden, chosen to serve as demonstration districts representing the three main climatic regions of Europe – Oceanic, Mediterranean and Continental has started to implement the innovative technologies. During the last reporting period training and dissemination activities has been prepared and carried out, among those the “Train the Trainer” programme. The project has used its resources adequately, and in line with the Description of Work.

Potential Impact:
Technological impact
A2PBEER will develop a systemic energy efficient buildings’ retrofitting methodology for Public buildings and will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at district level. The methodology will include already available building solutions and more innovative ones developed by the project. A kit-concept will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions. Three new configurable, affordable and adaptable solution kits fitted to the Public building/district characteristics in order to achieve Net Zero Energy Buildings will be developed:
Kit A: High performance retrofitting envelope (Indoor and outdoor façade and window); Kit B: Smart lighting systems;
Kit C: Smart Dual Thermal Networks
The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (continental, oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-uses.

Economic impact
A2PBEER contributes to the net-Zero energy standard by mobilizing the Deep Renovation market. A2PBEER aims to contribute to the cost reduction of around 25% of renovation of buildings in Europe through a strong standardization of the retrofitting activity (development of methodologies, kits of solutions well adapted to the buildings typologies, climate and end-use). Moreover, adapted business models and financial tools must be developed in order to facilitate the adoption of new technologies while increasing the retrofitting rate and increasing the depth of the renovation itself. This will increase the market share for deep-renovation, what indeed will make the market for new deep-renovation models grow achieving economies of scale.

Environmental impact
The potential CO2 savings thanks to the implementation of A2PBEER standard (deep-renovation of publicly-owned non-residential buildings) in the period 2010-2050 could be around 1.069 tn CO2. The reduction of energy consumption with the A2PBBER standard will be a minimum of 50%.

Social impact
The retrofitting methodology and solution kits developed in A2PBEER project focus on publicly-owned non-residential buildings. The estimated market volume of deep-renovation of publicly-owned non-residential buildings in Europe would generate 1.097.158 new jobs in the period 2010 to 2020. The average number of new jobs created per year shall be around 30.000.

The increased energy efficiency of buildings to be retrofitted in the frame of A2PBEER project proposal will result in an increase of comfort conditions of occupants, which indeed will also result in an increased economic return.
A2PBEER will pay special attention to the training activities within the frame of the Project, with a strong focus on SME’s as they account for more than 95% of companies in the construction sector in Europe. A2PBEER meets the need to provide a strong foundation for improving the knowledge level and the practice in renovation activities through its train-the-trainer approach that increases the effectiveness in knowledge transfer, required in a so fragmented sector, reaching between 150 and 300 professionals during the 4 years project duration.

List of Websites:
http://www.a2pbeer.eu/

Contact

Eneritz Barreiro, (Project Manager)
Tel.: +34 946430850
Fax: +34 946460900
E-mail
Record Number: 192557 / Last updated on: 2016-12-16