Innovation actions reinforcing and complementing the current building energy performance schemes

Jun 01, 2021

​With the Renovation Wave Strategy, the European Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. For supporting this overarching aim the European Commission plans to further improve the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), reinforcing the role of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). In favour of the evolution of EPC schemes, the four ongoing Horizon 2020 Innovation Actions for the Next Generation EPCs, including D^2EPC, participated on 19.05.2021 in a lively and informative panel discussion moderated by EuroACE and hosted in the BUILD UP portal, sharing insights on "What is needed to strengthen the information role of EPCs?", "What is needed to improve the quality of EPC?", "What is needed to improve the coverage of EPC?".

Click here for further information on the event!

 

Published research article by FRC!

May 11, 2021

We are happy to share with you that researchers from our consortium partner FRC (Frederic Research Center) recently got their research article published in Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects (Taylor & Francis):

 

‘’Adoption of a holistic framework for innovative sustainable renewable energy development: a case study’’ by Angeliki Kylili, Qahtan Thabit, Abdallah Nassour & Paris A. Fokaides

 

In this study, they propose a four-tiered methodological approach to identify the opportunities and assess their potential for contributing to the green transition of western Africa.

 

The article can be found through the following link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15567036.2021.1904058

 

Congratulations!

 

D^2EPC project participates in the "Next Gen EPCerts H2020 Cluster" Workshop

Apr 23, 2021

The Going far together / Building forward together activities of the cluster for a Next Generation of EPCs are on the way. On 23. 04. 2021, the representatives of the project D^2EPC participated in an exchange workshop between all 7 ongoing next generation EPC projects.

For making a meaningful, impactful and lasting contribution to the evolution process of the European Building Performance Assessment and Certification (both mandatory and voluntary) the Next Gen EPCertificates cluster of H2020 projects strongly believes in enabling and facilitating an open dialogue and structured exchange in between the sister initiatives.

The main scope was to explore together synergies and join forces for successfully implementing the individual projects and overall maximizing the impact at cluster level especially in terms of communication, dissemination, exploitation and technical advocacy at both EU and national levels.

On behalf of the D^2EPC Project Dr. Apostolos Tsolakis provided an overview of the D^2EPC project and introduced its objectives and expected results.

For further information on the event and the 7 sister projects check the 5 min pitches on this link!

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2nd Plenary meetingApr 21, 2021

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2nd Plenary meeting

Apr 21, 2021

The consortium of D^2EPC had a two-day online 2nd Plenary meeting that took place on 21st and 22nd April 2021. Meeting was led by Project coordinator CERTH. The main purpose of the meeting was to update each other on the progress of our work, discuss issues and set goals for the future. We started with work progress of WP1, where all the first parts of the tasks are already completed. After coffee break we continued with WP2 which has recently started. We had a discussion regarding all the open issues and concluded with a workshop about the Architecture Consensus. On the second day we were introduced with the progress of tasks in WP3, WP5 and WP7. It was indeed beneficial to have the opportunity to groupthink, review, debate and consult with all the partners and share our ideas. We concluded the two-day meeting with a workshop on EPC calculation methodology for asset and operation rating. It was great seeing you all!

Partners involved in WP2 have held an internal workshopApr 15, 2021

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Partners involved in WP2 have held an internal workshop

Apr 15, 2021

The key point of the workshop that took place on 15th April 12:00-13:30 and was led by KTU was to present an overview of the WP2 "Development of the Operational Framework for dEPC Schemes". We discussed the KPIs, tasks progress, working plans and the interactions between the tasks.

This WP2 which started in M6 and will last throughout the life of the project, has the following objectives:

  • To analyze and define a set of indicators to be included in the next generation EPCs, including SRI, LCA and economic indicators and taking into account user driven models (thermal/vision comfort, occupancy).
  • To deliver the system's information model to optimally support information flow among the various components.
  • To deliver the necessary requirements and steps for ensuring a common way for auditing and implementation.

Each of the task leaders of this work package have highlighted the most important aspects of the tasks and the progress made so far.

T2.1: Smart Readiness indicators Analysis for EPCs, led by CLEO, the objective is to establish the framework and scope of SRIs integration in the dynamic EPC scheme.

T2.2: Human-comfort and wellbeing Indicators Elicitation, led by HYP, the objective is to adapt, configure algorithms and models for the definition and extraction of several profiles that impact the overall dynamic building performance mainly from the user's comfort and wellbeing point of view.

T2.3: Energy performance & LCA Indicators Analysis for EPCs, led by FRC, the objective is to propose additional indicators, which demonstrate the environmental performance of buildings, for their introduction in the next-generation EPCs. The idea is to assess the existing indicators and try to justify them to be incorporated in D2EPC.

T2.4: Analysis of cost and economic indicators for EPCs, led by DEMO, the objective is to propose additional indicators, which will enable the financial assessment of buildings energy upgrade measures. This task has not started yet, it will start on the M10, and the steps to be realized include the documentation of the economic indicators which may be employed in EPCs.

To conclude KTU leader of T2.5: D^2EPC Information Model has presented the information flow that will lead to the extension of the current standards/protocols used for certificate issuance including all the new features proposed by the D^2EPC framework, and the additional indicators delivered under T2.1-T2.4.

D^2EPC participates in the workshop "Building energy performance certificates for the people" Mar 30, 2021

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D^2EPC participates in the workshop "Building energy performance certificates for the people"

Mar 30, 2021

The workshop took place on 30th March 12:00-13:30. Led by IRI-UL, and targeted at all 6 projects, the main focus of this workshop was to discuss how useful are the EPCs for the general public and how it is perceived in their work. They have also analysed the real needs and expectations and how to address them in the evolution process of EPCs.

Mrs. Panagiota Chatzipanagiotidou presented the D^2EPC Project, going through its objectives and expected results. Together with her presentation, we were able to learn more about the D^2EPC sister projects. There are 7 ongoing Horizon 2020 projects contributing to the evolution of the existing energy performance assessment and certification process (at national level in EU's Member States). Additional 3 to 4 Horizon 2020 projects will be funded and commence later this year. Representants of the following projects have participated in this interesting Workshop:

  • X-tendo: eXTENDing the energy performance assessment and certification schemes via a mOdular approach
  • U-CERT: Towards a new generation of user-centred Energy Performance Assessment and Certification
  • QualDeEPC: High-quality Energy Performance Assessment and Certification in Europe Accelerating Deep Energy
  • E-DYCE: Energy flexible DYnamic building Certification
  • EPC RECAST: Energy Performance Certificate Recast
  • ePANACEA: Smart European Energy Performance AssessmeNt And CErtificAtion
  • D^2EPC: Dynamic Digital EPCs for Enhanced Quality and User Awareness
Watch the recording here!

The D^2EPC project is part of the Enlit Europe platformMar 24, 2021

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The D^2EPC project is part of the Enlit Europe platform

Mar 24, 2021

The objectives of the D^2EPC Dissemination and Communication Plan include, among others, promoting activities and facilitating knowledge exchange between

  • main stakeholders in the field of periodic energy classification of buildings based on their operational performance;
  • policy makers;
  • industry;
  • research community and
  • companies.

To achieve a high visibility of our project and to promote an active interaction with the main stakeholders as well as facilitate synergy between different H2020 Projects funded with the same or similar objectives, D^2EPC has become part of the Enlit Europe platform. Enlit is the European roadmap for the energy transition and consists of several elements to boost and support the energy transition. It aims to showcase the research and projects' results carried out in Europe focused on improving Energy Efficiency.

Through this platform, D^2EPC will share its project information and exchange knowledge with the energy certification and engineering/construction industry community, and with potential future customers of the project results.

The Enlit community will meet on its online platform and for three days in Milan, from 30 November to 2 December 2021, where we could get to know and inspire each other and take steps forward the energy transition.

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D^2EPC’s first newsletter is out! Mar 15, 2021

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D^2EPC’s first newsletter is out!

Mar 15, 2021

​The newsletter gives an overview about what was going on in the period from the beginning of the project in September until now. You can read about the deliverables that were conducted in this period, find out more about partners involved, see what is the D^2EPC impact and what are our future activities. You can find it here.

D^2EPC project for next generation EPCsOct 23, 2020

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kick-off D2EPC

D^2EPC project for next generation EPCs

Oct 23, 2020

The H2020 project D^2EPC aspires to set the grounds for the next generation dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The aim is to cause energy-efficient behavioral change and stimulate smart buildings. The D^2EPC digital platform will enable the issuance of next generation EPCs on a regular basis and will be armored with additional services.

On September 10th and 11st 2020, the D^2EPC project 'Next-generation Dynamic Digital EPCs for Enhanced Quality and User Awareness' held its online kick-off meeting. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 892984. It is coordinated by Dr Dimosthenis Ioannidis representing CERTH, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, one of the leading research centres in Greece with important scientific and technological achievements.

Digital twin BIM

D^2EPC aspires to set the grounds for the next generation dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The proposed framework engages actual measured data coming from smart devices and introduces a set of novel and user-friendly indicators. For this we make use of 6D Level 3 BIM for producing a building's digital twin representation. The proposed indicators for smart-readiness, sustainability, environmental, human comfort and financial aspects will make EPCs a realistic, accurate and comprehensive information source that can induce energy efficient behavioural change and stimulate towards smart buildings. The D^2EPC digital platform will enable the issuance of next generation EPCs on a regular basis and will be armored with additional services. The project will last 3 years and will conclude in August 2023.