Pilot Projects

Several pilot projects will be held, taking into practice the partners' joint efforts and developed concepts, divided as follows:

  • Monitoring of Retrofit Activities - Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal.
    We will identify and build on European best practices on monitoring approaches. The programme is designed to pilot experiences of developing monitoring systems for countries at different levels of development in this area.
  • Home Energy Check Tools - Austria, Greece, Italy, Slovakia;
  • Data Hubs - Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, UK (Scotland)
    This pilot project firstly supports the development of enhanced self-assessment advice around EPCs for householders – building on transnational best practices. Secondly, this pilot project will enable the development of optimised information that can form a model for how aggregated EPC and other retrofit data can be presented in different, useful formats for each of the key market actors - landlords, local and regional government, investors, tradespeople.
  • Retrofit Action Hubs - Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, UK (Scotland)
    This pilot project will develop generic principles and concepts for data and insight hubs in consultation with a wide group of European partners. The development or enhancement of five retrofit action hubs will be assured by Italy, Greece, Portugal, Belgium and the UK. Experience of developing the Hubs will be shared with the other project partners and will be combined in guidelines for replication throughout Europe.
  • REQUEST (2010-2012) Pilot Projects

Monitoring of Retrofit Activities

Pilot Project Austria

There is no central database for monitoring refurbishment activities available. Therefore existing databases and available information from different sources will be combined to be able to monitor actual refurbishments. For this purpose AEA will cooperate with gizmocraft, the administrator of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) database, and the administrative office of the federal state Salzburg, which is administrating the subsidy system in Salzburg.

Pilot Project Italy

Regions in Italy are responsible for energy policy and for developing and implement energy performance certificates.
ENEA will develop a model methodology for monitoring building retrofit by analysing and integrating the EPC database of a leading Partner Region with other significant data. This will allow getting information on costs and effectiveness of implemented retrofit measures at the time that the benefits and opportunities from stakeholders’ access to the EPC database are being analysed. The aim is to build a retrofit monitoring model that can lead to a centralised national information system that is able to collect evidence from regional EPC databases.

Pilot Project Netherlands

RVO developed the national central EPC database and is now administrator of it. The database already contains over 2 million EPCs, including individual EPC characteristics like the calculated energy consumption. To get a more trustful insight in the meaning of the data of the existing database, RVO is planning to do a pilot to compare the calculated energy consumption of an EPC to the real energy consumption of the respective houses.

Pilot Project Portugal

The Portuguese energy certification system for buildings includes a central registry with the ability to check and control all data from EPCs. Therefore ADENE will be able to select certain regions and EPCs that already have EPC recommendations with the best energy savings and payback periods. This will be the key features that will help us to find the information we need. At the moment we have more than 800,000 EPCs issued, 90% of them are for domestic properties. We expect to analyse and to interact to at least 100 home owners per region, about 300 home owners in total.

Home Energy Check Tools

Pilot Project Austria

WP3 builds on the analysis of EPCs undertaken in WP2.  An Austrian partner has developed an Energy Check Software for energy advisers, planners and tradespeople. Using this tool they will do the analysis of several buildings, based on issued EPCs, and give the result to the home owners.

Pilot Project Greece

CRES is the Greek National Agency for the promotion of renewable energy sources, rational use of energy and energy saving, and currently implements significant activities for the promotion the energy efficiency and supports the Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change on energy technologies and policies.

Pilot Project Italy

To boost the uptake of energy efficiency measures in buildings and stimulate behaviour change, ENEA is developing a user-friendly online tool referring to EPC schemes. Few mandatory inputs are required to obtain information on energy performance of the building/unit and the opportunity to learn more about measures; how to improve, reference to average cost savings per measure and to available incentives.

Pilot Project Slovakia

The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) has a strong relationship with the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia (UTCS). Many local authorities have now developed strategies for retrofit under the Covenant of Mayors. In regards to that, UTCS has organized and is managing the Slovak National Covenant Networking Platform. Better data about the retrofit potential in their cities will help in the delivery of those strategies.

Retrofit Action Hub

Pilot Project Belgium

The Belgian pilot aims at setting up renovation action platforms in close cooperation with the cities. Many city centres consist of old housing blocks that need drastic renovation to live up to current energy performance and comfort standards. By combining existing databases on energy performance of buildings with data input from homeowners’ knowledge is gathered on the current situation of cities’ existing housing stock. This data input from home owners will be gathered with online surveys and a door-to-door approach.

See http://genk.zetjewoningopdekaart.be & http://eandis.zetjewoningopdekaart.be

Pilot Project Greece

The Greek HUB, named as “EnergyHUB for ALL”, is a web platform which acts as an interface between different stakeholders in the building sector, and serves as a market place to connect demand and supply side actors, as well as a meeting place and advice resource for refurbishment activities. “EnergyHUB for all” represents a tool in order to contribute to increasing trust and establishing a good reputation for the EPC systems among building owners, potential tenants and other market actors.

See http://www.energyhubforall.eu

Pilot Project Italy

Hub platform 4E: one stop shop for building low-carbon renovation

ENEA will activate a hub platform on the ENEA website offering a meeting place, information resources and tools to citizens, trades people/professionals and policy makers, aimed at improving the uptake of effective low-carbon renovation measures.

See www.portale4e.it

Pilot Project Portugal

Development of a one-stop-shop to bring together all key players of the renovation process. The hub intends to be a self-sustainable platform based on the marketing that will be made by the companies that want to be present on the list of suppliers (builders) of the website. These incomes will be used to make marketing and dissemination activities near the different actors of the supply chain and bring more users (professional and non-professional) to the platform.

Pilot Project UK (Scotland)

The Energy Saving Trust has a very strong relationship with the Scottish Government and administers the EPC Register for Scotland. In addition, EST provides a range of services based around the EPC data in Scotland including making EPC data available to all Scottish Local Authorities. EST adds value to the EPC data by cleansing it, addressing erroneous records and systematic biases in the Register and by statistically modelling an EPC value for very property that does not currently have a real EPC.

See https://localhomesportal.est.org.uk

Data

Pilot Project Greece

CRES is the Greek National Agency for the promotion of renewable energy sources, rational use of energy and energy saving, and currently implements significant activities for the promotion the energy efficiency and supports the Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change on energy technologies and policies.

Pilot Project Italy

ENEA presented their Data Hub project in a Workshop on "Methodologies and instruments supporting Local Energy Planning", held in Turin last April. The Pilot output (DIPENDE - Database Integrato per la Pianificazione ENergetica dei Distretti E dilizi) is an integrated dataset and an analysis model combining estimated building performance data from EPCs, with bottom-up information on recent energy services and products installations and housing status, which can be used as a tool to support decision making at regional and municipal level. To date DIPENDE has been delivered and implemented for Lombardy region only, but the prospective for wider applications is enabled by the present legislative context. The aim is to facilitate analysis and visualization of the energy performance of the building stock: for public authorities, to enhance control, monitoring, planning and, for private actors, to establish marketing and business strategies.

Pilot Project Netherlands

RVO currently supports the national programme Block to Block. In this programme 12 consortia of local authorities and market will each improve the energy efficiency of at least 2,000 existing dwellings. New ways of financing the investments in energy efficiency is an important part of the project. Further, RVO is involved in the development and implementation of several national revolving funds for energy efficiency in residential buildings. For co-financing banks will be close partners in this project.

Pilot Project Slovakia

The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) has a strong relationship with the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia (UTCS). Many local authorities have now developed strategies for retrofit under the Covenant of Mayors. In regards to that, UTCS has organized and is managing the Slovak National Covenant Networking Platform. Better data about the retrofit potential in their cities will help in the delivery of those strategies.

Pilot Project UK (Scotland)

The Energy Saving Trust has a very strong relationship with the Scottish Government and administers the EPC Register for Scotland. In addition, EST provides a range of services based around the EPC data in Scotland including making EPC data available to all Scottish Local Authorities. EST adds value to the EPC data by cleansing it, addressing erroneous records and systematic biases in the Register and by statistically modelling an EPC value for very property that does not currently have a real EPC.