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Smarter buildings for better energy performance


Improvement and cost-reduction of technologies to predict, assess, monitor and control in real time the energy performance of buildings, including energy efficiency, renewables, storage and their optimisation.

The proposal should:

  • Develop new or enhance existing solutions for interoperability of systems, including between building automation and control systems (BACS) and other technical building systems and devices (including IoT ones), as well as between buildings and the grid.
  • Investigate innovative approaches to ensure high level of security and privacy by design in buildings.
  • Investigate approaches to reduce costs of systems allowing the integration of energy efficiency, renewables, storage and their optimisation.
  • On the basis of the above, demonstrate the potential for energy savings from energy management solutions based on smart technical building systems (predictive controllers, smart thermostats, active sensors, smart lighting, etc.).
  • Assess the contribution of proposed solutions to the enhancement of smart readiness of buildings as rated by the smart readiness indicator under Directive 2010/31/EU.
  • Demonstrate that the developed solutions are user-friendly and ensure the desired indoor environment quality and user satisfaction.
  • Where possible, demonstrate that such solutions can build flexibly on services/products not originally intended for energy management (e.g. a smart home system).
  • Seek to ensure from the design phase that the project is developed with a view to integrate its results/deliverables under a digital building logbook.

Each project is expected to include at least three demonstration sites located in different climatic regions.

Clustering and cooperation with other relevant projects is strongly encouraged; in particular, liaison and synergies with the European Partnership on ‘People-centric sustainable built environment’.