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Smart-grid ready and smart-network ready buildings, acting as active utility nodes (Built4People)


The proposals should:

  • Deliver building-to-grid integration solutions that are cost-effective, simple to use and easy to install and maintain, and are applicable to both new and existing buildings.
  • Enhance interoperability and synergies between buildings and grids, electricity and other energy carriers (e.g. district heating networks, hydrogen, etc.) and where relevant, other relevant sectors (e.g. e-mobility).
  • Enhance synergies between on-site energy storage and on-site renewable energy sources.
  • Contribute to enhance interoperability in the modelling of energy grids and buildings.
  • Ensure the proposed solutions include ‘big data’ applications for real-time management and predictive maintenance of technical building systems.
  • Ensure the proposed solutions minimise potential negative impacts neither on the satisfaction of building users (e.g. in relation to comfort or accessibility) nor on the potential of circular material flows during the building’s life cycle, and maximise potential benefits (e.g. energy costs savings and health).
  • Ensure the proposed solutions give access to accessible, inclusive, reliable and user-friendly tools with limited maintenance needs and, to relevant building (and grid / network) data for interested stakeholders (e.g. facility managers).
  • 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.
  • Where relevant, rely on advanced monitoring and management solutions such as those that integrate digital models / BIM with energy modelling and simulation at building level and district level.
  • Implement and demonstrate innovative and competitive balancing, storage and generation services in buildings, while maximising building users’ and occupants’ health, comfort and satisfaction.
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness and economic viability of the proposed solutions and underlying business models for both consumers / end-users and the economic actors involved.
  • Demonstrate the use of large-scale interoperable platforms that bring together different actors and sectors (ESCOs, aggregators, DSOs, etc.) to exchange data and develop services.
  • Seek to involve major European innovators, including social innovators, in relevant fields (demand response, communications, smart appliances, building services, facility management, energy services, etc.) with limited experience of Horizon 2020.

Clustering and cooperation with relevant projects is strongly encouraged; e.g. with the European Partnership on ‘Driving urban transitions’.

The selected projects are expected to contribute to relevant BRIDGE[[]] activities, in particular with respect to data exchange and interoperability.

This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on ‘People-centric, Sustainable Built Environment’ (Built4People).