Topic of the Month

What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of March our topic is ‘Renovation and retrofitting of existing Public and non-residential buildings’.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • Integration of national building renovation strategies into the EPBD
  • Road map for a decarbonised building stock by 2050
  • Smart Financing
  • Link between public finance and energy performance certificates


Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


Decarbonising the non-residential building stock. The non-residential sector needs urgent and insightful interventions to move toward to a real decarbonisation of the whole building stock. Current strategies are focused in moving from the current building market segmentation to a new green market that increases the investment and impacts in policy making.


How is the EU supporting BIM and ICT development in the buildings sector? The first European conference on BIM and the energy performance of buildings was held in June 2018. The aim was to present the status of BIM, and the opportunities and challenges regarding the use of BIM for the regulatory assessment of the energy performance of buildings.




flyer.jpgThe Future Envelope 12 - Conference on Building Envelopes. The conference organization is led by IDM South Tyrol & EURAC Research, supported by Free University of Bolzano, University of Innsbruck, and Politecnico of Milano as scientific partners, and in cooperation with the European Façade Network (EFN).


Greenbuild Europe 2019. Greenbuild Europe is the premier annual conference for European green building professionals.Attendees worldwide across a variety of industries participate in Greenbuild Europe to share best practices, time-tested solutions and innovative strategies to advance healthy, high-performance buildings.


Meeting Europe’s building renovation challenge. Inaugural ‘’renovation innovation showcase’’ event to present three key solutions from our project portfolio (including Building Market Briefs, 2ndSKIN, Financing Near-zero Energy Building Renovations in Utrecht Province) addressing decarbonisation of buildings in Europe.




Webinar on iBRoad – My path towards an energy efficient home. This webinar, organized by the iBRoad project in collaboration with Build Up, adresses the iBRoad project. The project is working on the concept of Building Renovation Passports combining an individual building renovation roadmap, with a repository of building-related information.


Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST). The aim of the Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST) is to assist cities, towns and other local authorities in developing, implementing and monitoring climate change adaptation plans. UAST was developed as a practical guidance for urban areas, in recognition of their importance in the European economy.




Public workshop on digital construction skills: enabling the energy transition in Europe’s building stock. A BUILD UP Skills event during the Barcelona Building CONSTRUMAT’19 international trade fair. This workshopwill have the participation from the European Commission, national authorities, building industry representatives, education & training experts and EU-funded projects.


The new call for energy efficiency is open! On 12th March the 2019 call for proposals for the Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy topics of the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme was launched. The funding is available for proposals submitted under 16 topics addressing 5 main areas: buildings, industry, finance, public authorities and policy support and consumer and services.


Webinar on STUNNING: Innovative business models and smart financing for the deep renovation of European buildings. The project has the goal to promote successful and innovative building renovation packages and business models around a virtual and collaborative knowledge sharing platform. If you want to know more do not miss this webinar in collaboration with Build Up!


ALDREN: a common language to renovate the non residential building stock accross Europe. The ALDREN project (Alliance for Deep Renovation in buildings) is the extended development and the implementation of a common European Voluntary Certification Scheme (EVCS) for non-residential buildings based on the EPBD Art. 11 (9) and CEN / ISO standards.




resalta.jpgEnergy benchmarking in educational buildings through cluster analysis of energy retrofitting. In this paper, Italian school buildings’ stock was analyzed by cluster analysis with the aim of providing a methodology able to identify the best energy retrofit interventions from the perspective of cost-benefit, and to correlate them with the specific characteristics of the educational buildings.


resalta.jpgCombined seismic and energy upgrading of existing buildings using advanced materials. The Exploratory research project iRESIST+ explores a novel concept, by applying a hybrid structural-plus-energy retrofitting solution which combines inorganic textile-based composites with thermal insulation systems for building envelopes.


Financing the renovation of the Cypriot building stock. TUsing the Invert/EE-Lab model, three policy scenarios to 2050 are assessed with the aim to estimate the energy efficiency potential of the Cypriot building sector and identify policy solutions to harness this potential.




theodore.jpgOXIGEN OFFICE BUILDING. The building reaches the Passive-house standard and is also BREEAM Excellent certified. The prefabrication of facades and the reduction of cold needs with residual needs covered by a chiller group equipped with a free chilling, are the strong points of the project.


theodore.jpgEfficiency House Plus - Renovation of 2 Row Houses from 1938, Neu-Ulm Germany. In Neu-Ulm, in the southern part of Germany, the first Efficiency House Plus projects from an existing building stock were finished in 2015 with the renovation of two multi-storey dwellings owned by the housing company NUWOG.




palette.jpgPEGASUS project. The innovative approach of PEGASUS - Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity is focused on experimenting a simulation of functioning of microgrids in 7 pilot areas jointly; solutions will be based on concrete situation with real data. 


palette.jpgRENOZEB project. 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.


palette.jpgBIMcert project. The BIMcert project will develop a blended, fully supported suite of Building Information Modelling learning tools, which will allow geographically dispersed construction project teams to use technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration.  


Get ready for April's Topic of the Month 'Integration of renewable Energy Sources (RES) and new materials' and prepare your next publications.


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