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Geocluster strategic network to broaden the application range of 4RinEU deep renovation solutions

The scope of the Geocluster strategic network is to investigate the potential application of the 4RinEU deep renovation approach in three different EU contexts (Poland, Hungary and Ireland).

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In each country, an Early Adopter team made of local experts and stakeholders involved in the deep renovation process will draft a feasibility study on a sample building with the support of 4RinEU project partners. In view of supporting the Early Adopters in the outlining and implementation of the feasibility study, three workshops will be organised: • Workshop 1 – Set the strategy: to define the renovation packages to be tested in the Early Adopter buildings. During this first workshop, the partners will collect information to develop the parametric analysis and the evaluation of RES integration with Early Reno. • Workshop 2 – Technical discussion with the stakeholders: to discuss the results of the parametric analysis and Early Reno and to define how to implement the selected renovation packages (e.g. how to supply and install the PMF, the ceiling fans, the energy hub, etc.). • Workshop 3 – Presentation and performance assessment: to set-up the monitoring plan and the potential integration of the data handler. At the end of November – beginning of December 2019 Eurac Research, with the support of TRECODOME, coordinated the first workshops in Ireland and Poland, which were hosted by the local Early Adopter Teams, respectively Limerick City Council and the Foundation for Lubelskie Development. The discussion focused on the features of the existing buildings and the specific constraints for renovation, as well as the main requirements of a standard renovation currently adopted in Ireland and Poland and the ambitions for a 4RinEU deep renovation. In particular, the working team highlighted the main renovation priorities and needs and the expectations of the local stakeholders. Irish Early Adopter Team The Limerick City Council focused the activities on the building of the Chamber of Commerce located in the Georgian city centre. The construction is an historic building with architectural features common in the centre of the city. Therefore, adopting this building as a case study, although challenging, represents a strategic decision with a significant replication potential. In addition, the Limerick city centre is also involved in the H2020 Smart City project CityxChange, whose activities are focused on the decarbonisation of existing buildings through the reduction of energy consumption, the integration of renewable sources of energy and the set-up of smart energy grids. During the workshop, Eurac Research devoted particular attention to the presentation of the 4RinEU deep renovation approach for historic buildings, one of the key results of the project to be applied for the feasibility study of the selected case. The Early Adopter team analysed the main constraints and renovation potential of the building and selected the results of 4RinEU which are most suitable for application. As a next step, the 4RinEU team will work on the definition of deep renovation solutions by adopting Early Reno for RES integration and by evaluating a set of applicable deep renovation packages while taking into consideration the historical value of the building. Polish Early Adopter Team The first workshop was hosted by the foundation for Lubelskie Development, located in Lublin. It involved the municipality of Wola Uhruska, that owns the selected case study, representatives from the local Energy Agency and local experts from the University of Lublin and from local private companies working in the field of energy renovation. The building defined as a case study is a three-storey construction with a mixed use and with a prefabricated concrete structure. Considering the building features, Eurac Research team and TRECODOME focused the overview of the project results on the prefabricated façade, Early Reno and the methodology for the definition of deep renovation packages. Read the full article: https://4rineu.eu/2020/01/09/geocluster-strategic-network-to-broaden-the-application-range-of-4rineu-deep-renovation-solutions/

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buildings, envelope, energy efficiency, deep energy renovation