Pilot Projects

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

  • Monitoring of Retrofit Activities - Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal.
    Identified and build on European best practices on monitoring approaches.
  • Home Energy Check Tools - Austria, Greece, Italy, Slovakia;
    Web based tools that support consumer awareness on energy efficiency opportunities to improve home’s energy performance.
  • Data Hubs - Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, UK (Scotland)
    This pilot project firstly supported the development of enhanced self-assessment advice around EPCs for householders – building on transnational best practices. Secondly, enabled the development of optimised models for the presentation of aggregated EPC and other retrofit data to key market actors - landlords, local and regional government, investors, tradespeople.
  • Retrofit Action Hubs - Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, UK (Scotland)
    Within this pilot project several retrofit action hubs were enhanced/deployed, applying the general concepts from the data hubs and involving wider consultation forums with key stakeholders. The hubs and the experiences gathered are available for consultation.
  • REQUEST (2010-2012) Pilot Projects

Home Energy Check Tools

Austria's Home Energy Check Tools

The HEC tool developed in Austria under WP3 can be accessed here: http://klimaaktiv-coach.at/

This tool is part of the climate protection initiative “klimaaktiv” with the focus of reducing CO2 emissions to reach the 2020 climate goals. The users are motivated to question their own energy-consumption behaviour and to commit themselves to energy-saving activities. To engage a wide public to these activities, the tool is directly linked to the social media network Facebook. The interface is kept very simple and the time requirement is low, so the tool can easily be used in-between: on your mobile phone, during a short break at work or while using your private computer. The message the tool delivers is: Everybody and every action counts, when it comes to climate protection!

Greece's Home Energy Check Tools

The Greek HEC tool was officially launched on the 18th of December 2015, embedded in the Greek HUB.

Available at: http://www.cres.gr/energyhubforall/HEC.html

The Greek HEC tool asks users to input a range of information about their house, including the archetype, the climatic zone and information about energy efficiency. The tool then provides a range of information about the measures that can be installed and the associated cost and carbon savings. Within the Greek hub, the tool links users to installers of the recommended products.

Italy's Home Check Tools

To boost the uptake of energy efficiency measures in buildings and stimulate behaviour change, ENEA developed a user-friendly online tool referring to EPC schemes, named 4ECasa: www.portale4e.it/4Ecasa/index.aspx, functioning in the Retrofit Hub from May 2017.

4ECasa promotes energy retrofit. 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. 

Monitoring of Retrofit Activities

Austria's Monitoring of Retrofit Activities

There is no central database for monitoring refurbishment activities available.

Therefore within the Request to Action project the effort was to work with existing databases and available information from different sources to be able to monitor actual refurbishments. In this context AEA cooperated 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. 

Italy's Monitoring of retrofit activities

Regions in Italy are responsible for energy policy and for developing and implement energy performance certificates.
within the Request to Action project ENEA developed a model methodology for monitoring building retrofit by analysing and integrating the EPC database in cooperation with the region of Lombardy. This 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 resulting methodology/tool was judged to be extremely useful for those regions that do not have experience in inquiring/managing the EPC database. Being the national information system SIAPE (national centralised information system managed by ENEA) in a phase of negotiation and development it was clear that the tool/methodology has a potential for application to all regional EPC. 

Netherlands's Monitoring of Retrofit Activities

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 conducted a pilot to compare the calculated energy consumption of an EPC to the real energy consumption of the respective houses.

Portugal's Monitoring of Retrofit Activities

The Portuguese energy certification system for buildings includes a central registry with the ability to check and control all data from EPCs.

Within the Request to Action project, ADENE selected EPC’s with energy efficiency recommendations and conducted a market study involving 650 telephone interviews with proprietary home owners.  

The results indicated a positive response to the development of a “Retrofit Action Hub” that facilitates the interaction between the home owner, the energy expert and companies. 

Retrofit Action Hub

Belgium's Retrofit Action Hub

The Belgian Hub started from scratch. Its main goal is to raise awareness, a knowledge platform, with two main target groups: policy makers and service providers. The available information will support policy makers to undertake policy measures or incentive programs based on relevant information. In a second step, service providers will have access to leads of consumers interested in renovations in a certain area.

An important part of the information presented in the hub is obtained via the households. The active involvement of the households is going to be supported by the cities or the DSOs who are in direct contact and with a larger penetration. The collected data relates to the building situation, interest in renovation as well as family composition and energy consumption. As an incentive to fill in the data, households receive a benchmark of their energy consumption with the Flemish average consumption of similar building, similar family.

The information is collected via VITO who setup a public website for the households to input their data. Likewise VITO checks that all the data meets the high quality standard and confidentiality requirement demanded.

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

Greece's Retrofit Action Hub

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

Italy's Retrofit Action Hub

The R2A Italian Hub, Portale4e, aims to be a knowledge platform and a one-stop-shop for the 3 main target groups: policy makers, trades-people and professional, citizens. Main focuses of the Hub are:

  • Information: Standards, technologies, incentives, news. The Home Energy Check, named 4ECasa (http://www.portale4e.it/4Ecasa/index.aspx) is a simple test for homeowners and tenants to verify consumptions and get advice on refurbishment opportunities and benefits was developed on purpose for this hub within REQUEST2ACTION.
  • Methodologies: Audit, assessment, monitoring, planning tools and methodologies. The R2A DIPENDE (http://www.portale4e.it/centrale_dettaglio_pa.aspx?ID=1) data-tool, Integrated Database of Energy Building Planning is available on the Hub.
  • Networking : the hub will be supported by a community that will contribute to the Portal contents and get visibility in return.

See www.portale4e.it

Portugal's Retrofit Action Hub

The Portuguese retrofit action hub, Portal CasA+ aims at responding to a market gap between home owners and energy efficiency solutions providers. The goal is to develop a one-stop-shop to bring together all key players of the renovation process, promoting a closer contact between the different actors, fostering the commercial relation between demand and supply, reinforcing market trust and boosting the easier adoption of energy retrofit measures.

The Portal CasA+ hub addresses homeowners, installers, energy experts, public authorities, insurance and banking (these two at a later stage), that can further reinforce the market support to the efficient uptake of these measures.

ADENE will oversee all the commercial interactions between the suppliers and the dwellers, assuring a smooth interaction and providing support throughout all the process.

Monitoring the implementation of the energy retrofit measures is the key point. To this end the hub allows the dwellers (or the solution providers) to register the installation of the energy retrofit measure in their private area, acknowledging the acceptance of one of the budgets received from a supplier or manually registering the installation from another source.

Quality monitoring will be assured via random surveys to both suppliers and dwellers, to track how their experience was around the hub, from the beginning of the interaction with the supplier, to the budget request and implementation process.

Scotland's (UK) Retrofit Action Hub

The purpose of the Hub in Scotland is to make EPC data, and other related data on the housing stock, available to the supply chain, local authorities, Scottish Government, public, universities and community groups in Scotland.

The Hub builds on existing work that EST was already undertaking with local authorities and the supply chain in Scotland to make EPC data available to them via a GIS platform.

EST undertook extensive consultation with the Scottish supply chain to understand their needs for data and what would be the most beneficial way for them to access the data.

Based on this analysis EST developed and demonstrated a pilot portal with the supply chain and received further feedback on this, in order to inform a portal to be included in the hub for WP4. The stakeholders involved from the supply chain were a mixture or large and small installers of energy efficiency technology, as well as a number of industry body representatives.

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


Italy's Data Hub

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.

Netherlands's Data Hub

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 were close partners in this project.

Scotland's (UK) Data Hub

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.

Slovakia's Data Hub

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 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 helped in the delivery of those strategies.