Accelerating nearly zero energy renovation for buildings and neighbourhoods.
RenoZEB aims to unlock the nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) renovation market by increasing property value through a new systemic approach to retrofitting. This will include innovative components, and processes and decision making methodologies to guide all value-chain actors in the nZEB building renovation action. RenoZEB will provide cost-effective 'plug and play' solutions for a large-scale deep nZEB rehabilitation schemes, ensuring the integrate-ability of all its components, methodologies, training, guidelines, and demonstration cases. The real and virtual demonstration cases will show and ensure the replicability of the schemes and technical tools to appropriately address the valorisation of the building stock before and after nZEB renovation schemes are applied.
This will be achieved through:
-innovative holistic, cost-effective and fast deep retrofitting methodologies for nZEB;
-ICT tools to support the methodology for nZEB renovation;
-cost-effective and non-intrusive prefabricated multi-functional modular “plug and play” systems for the renovation of buildings;
-the transformation of buildings into Active Energy in order to increase the post-retrofitting property value;
-nodes through a smart control and monitoring system;
-new collaborative multi-value, multi-stakeholder methodologies and decision making process for selecting the best energy efficient renovation strategy;
-new drivers of change for the Real Estate Industry creating fresh post-renovated property value schemes;
-the demonstration of market replicability of the holistic methodology and new technologies through real and virtual demonstration sites;
-training and awareness of the value chain to boost the nZEB market.
A BIM-based collaboration platform will be developed to support the whole life cycle of a building renovation process (model generation, engineering tools, configuration of design alternatives, monitoring system, etc.). This platform will serve as a central data repository, where each stakeholder can access the required information at the right moment and collaborate with other stakeholders, overcoming the traditional fragmentation of construction industry. Furthermore it will facilitate the decision making by providing a web based 3D BIM viewer linked to different data along the process and showing different project indicators. The information associated to the model will span several vertical domains (time, cost, energy…) and will be workflow-aware. The web interface will be adapted to the role of each stakeholder and accessible from multiple devices (laptop, smartphone or tablet).
The platform will be based on Open BIM standards and the interoperability of heterogeneous software tools. Thus, the central information repository will rely on IFC, the mainstream BIM standard, on top of which additional standards can be added (e.g. BCF or BIM Collaboration Format). Both IFC and BCF are internationally approved standards, maintained by buildingSMART®. Public interfaces will be developed to enable to connect external tools to the platform in a standardised way, such as design, simulation or knowledge based tools, and allowing collaboration and data exchange in commonly agreed formats.