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ENERFUND Report Summary

Project ID: 695873
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ENERFUND (An ENErgy Retrofit FUNDing rating tool)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ENERFUND addresses the challenges that have been identified with regard to low renovation rates. The main goal of ENERFUND is to build and promote the ENERFUND tool that will be used by stakeholders to make intelligent decisions with regard to renovation strategies and the financing of deep renovation of buildings. The ENERFUND tool will be available online and all relevant information will be displayed in a user-friendly format.

Its importance to society is linked to its contribution in increasing energy renovation activity. ENERFUND tool will be used by local authorities, financial institutions and ESCOs, as an evaluation tool before examining in more depth the feasibility or usefulness of deep energy renovation of commercial and other buildings.

Various social benefits result when an inefficient building is converted to a green and efficient building, such as improvements in thermal and humidity conditions, improved aesthetics, reduction in energy demand on the national electricity grid (producing reduction in the cost of electricity) and less environmental pollution. Moreover, job creation and unemployment reduction are other social benefits arising from energy renovation market growth.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1 - Coordination
The Project Management Board (PMB), the Technical Committee and an external Advisory Board were formed, the Project Charter has been prepared, three project meetings took place (Cyprus, Romania and Spain), with the forth one to be held in Feb 2018 in France. Delays in submitting some of the deliverables have been documented, primarily due to the complexity of the work that had to be carried out.

WP2 - Market analysis and defined approach
The analysis of EPC systems in participating countries and of the usefulness of EPC data to facilitate the financing for deep renovation was performed. A survey was also prepared for the analysis of activities and past initiatives relevant to Energy Efficiency, Energy Renovations and Energy Performance Certificates in EU. Three questionnaires were also developed targeting (1) building owners, (2) ESCOs and (3) banks/financial institutions, and more than 500 questionnaires completed, analysed and summarized. Finally short surveys to regarding the building owners as final users of the ENERFUND tool (using pollfish) was carried out with a total of 1000 replies received and analysed.

WP3 - Concept, methodology and features
The first task completed was to define relevant data from EPC and open source data in order to analyse which data would be needed for the development of the tool. After identifying potential key data, the methodology behind the tool was developed, based on multi criteria analysis (MCA). Based on a large number of parameters identified in the previous task, it was decided to single out a limited number of parameters to work as key criteria.

It was decided that the starting point of the ENERFUND tool will be a GIS map of Europe, where available and compatible open source data will be embedded. The map will allow the users to single out regions or cities, in order to screen/filter the possible buildings for deep renovation. Once the first demo has been presented to the relevant stakeholders, the MCA module, the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) tool and the Carbon emissions module will be incorporated. As the availability of EPC open source data is significant for the tool methodology, the first version of the ENERFUND tool will be completely functional for the United Kingdom (where an extended EPC database is available) and will be upgraded in the next versions.

Figure1. ENERFUND map with UK EPC data

WP4 - Development of the ENERFUND Tool.
The specification of the ENERFUND tool architecture was completed during Task 4.1, led by Energy Action in consultation with ENERMAP, and is based around the ENERFUND database, that stores key contextual data used in the tool spanning many geographical regions. The database is a relational design and will provide a clean view of the data for the tool. Taking the work done in WP3, ENERMAP began development of the tool. Initial requirements were worked on with the intention of iterating the development over the coming months to get the tool to a state where it meets all of the requirements defined in WP3. The tool is implemented as a Single Page Application (SPA). The main interface is based on an interactive map of Europe where the user can visualize the energy ratings of buildings and narrow them down by applying filters. The application interface consists of multiple layers which use a range of different mapping technologies.

WP5 - Tool population and promotion
The main purpose of WP5 activities is to promote the ENERFUND tool in the best possible way. CEA prepared a template sheet with the information needed to produce the database of relevant open data sources was prepared. CRES also prepared a working document explaining the process of the meeting and a template has been prepared to record the event and the most important findings, while ENERMAP produced 3 videos, each 1 minute duration. All the promotional activities planned and decided upon will take place in the next six month period, when the demo version of th

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Based on the literature review and the analysis of the questionnaire and surveys, the methodology behind the tool has been developed and the first version of the ENERFUND tool is already available (

The major expected result before the end of the project is the development of a European tool for energy renovation activities in buildings. More specific, the tool will include:
• A European map, where the users can select a specific geographical area and then a building of interest using several filtering options.
• Relevant open source databases, such as EPC, noise, and rent data.
• A Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) module, for the ranking of selected building.
• A carbon emission reduction calculator due to the energy renovation of the selected building

The ENERFUND tool will be used to enhance the funding rates for the deep renovation of buildings. Thus, the ENERFUND tool will have an impact on:
• Enabling policy, through the targeted workshops and meetings with ministries, municipalities and competent authorities.
• Increase awareness, of the EPC and energy renovation potentials amongst Financial Institutions, Owners and ESCOs.
• Preparing the ground for investment, by showcasing ENERFUND’s capabilities to banking institutions, investors, ESCOs, etc.
• By acting as a marketplace where all interested stakeholders.
• Building capacities and skills, by triggering the interest in deep energy renovation and hence facilitating the education of energy retrofit suppliers and installers and the final consumer (general public).

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