1st OptEEmAL Newsletter (February 2016)

  1. Editorial
  2. Project news
  3. Upcoming events
  4. About OptEEmAL / Project ID / Contact

1. Editorial

Welcome to the first OptEEmAL newsletter!

The OptEEmAL project deals with improving the energy behaviour of districts by developing an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform able to provide a set of solutions that are based on different energy conservation measures. The challenge is to create the possibility for stakeholders to receive an optimised, integrated and systemic design based on an Integrated Project Delivery approach for their retrofitting projects of buildings or entire districts.

This six-monthly newsletter addresses all actors/ players in the OptEEmAL focus – from planners to end-users, developers, service providers, planning, public or private design and engineering offices, architects, construction companies – as well as the general public interested in OptEEmAL related areas, such as the energy efficient refurbishment of buildings and districts and environmental issues. We want all of you to be engaged with us! We will keep you up-to-date with news from the sector and progress of the OptEEmAL project on a regular basis.

This first edition of the newsletter introduces the launch of the project and the first months’ progress. The highlight is dedicated to present you our OptEEmAL communication channels. We will also let you know about us: the OptEEmAL consortium partners will be presented in this and the upcoming editions of the newsletter. Also, some events where OptEEmAL will be presented have been selected for you.

Enjoy reading!

Miguel Ángel García and Susana Martín – OptEEmAL coordinators, CARTIF

2. Project news

OptEEmAL – Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform for Refurbishment at District Level

The design of retrofitted (energy- and resource-) efficient buildings and districts must involve all stakeholders within a collaborative approach that allows the delivery of cost-effective solutions. This property is only possible through improved planning and design processes – as IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) paradigm promulgates – and requires consistent and error-free data sharing, proper training of stakeholders and overcoming a number of technical barriers occurring in the current state-of-practice. Apart from technical and industrial barriers, other barriers related to economic, societal or organisational issues appear. In this framework, the project OptEEmAL, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to develop an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform for refurbishment projects at district level. This will reduce time delivery and uncertainties and result in improved solutions when compared to business-as-usual practices.

Under the coordination of Fundación CARTIF, 13 partners from eight countries representing key stakeholders within the value chain of the retrofitting design process of buildings and districts (research institutions, large industries, small and medium enterprises, including technical offices representing the final user, public authorities, and exploitation and dissemination /communication experts) are working on delivering an optimised, integrated and systemic design based on an IPD approach for building and district retrofitting projects.

In order to validate the platform developed within OptEEmAL, two steps are foreseen. A platform prototype will be deployed. Its performance will be evaluated in innovative and EU-wide already carried out interventions at district level. A wide spectrum of cases is to be covered, ensuring this performance under different conditions such as climate aspects, boundary conditions – uses, building typologies, levels of intervention, conservation conditions, existence of specific barriers, consideration of historical buildings – , etc. A more ambitious final stage for the validation procedure will be carried out in OptEEmAL in demo cases.

OptEEmAL starts – Partners gather for Kick-off Meeting

The OptEEmAL project started in September 2015. During the next 3.5 years the project consortium will collaborate to develop an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform that will help to improve the energy behaviour of a city district. The 13 project partners met in Valladolid in October for the first time to discuss the next steps within the project.

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OptEEmAL’s first 6 months – Work done so far

During the first six months of the project, the technical work within OptEEmAL has been focused on the definition of a common vision of the OptEEmAL platform, in which the expertise and knowledge of all consortium partners has been included. On the one hand, the operation of the OptEEmAL solution has been divided in processes, always taking into account these processes inside the IPD context. On the other hand, the requirements of the main modules of the platform have been defined, with emphasis on the processes more closely related to the information managed by the platform and the evaluation of the possible district interventions. The next steps will deal with the design of the different components of the platform, defining the processes more in detail.

OptEEmAL communication channels online – Stay tuned!

After the first six project months, the main OptEEmAL communication channels are now online and working. Visit us on the OptEEmAL websitewww.opteemal-project.eu 
Stay informed on project news via our Twitter accounthttps://twitter.com/@opteemal_EU
Engage in discussions on OptEEmAL in our LinkedIn groupwww.linkedin.com/groups/8468512
Learn more on the project and read the OptEEmAL flyerwww.opteemal-project.eu/files/opteemal-flyer.pdf

Get to know the OptEEmAL consortium

During the next years, 13 project partners from eight countries, under the coordination of Fundación CARTIF, will work on developing an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform that will help to improve the energy behaviour of a city district. In each newsletter, we will present you three project partners – starting with Fundación CARTIF as project coordinator, Fundación TECNALIA and NOBATEK.

Fundación CARTIF

Fundación CARTIF is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in terms of R&D and technology transfer activities created in 1994 formed up by some 200 researchers. Energy is one of the main research areas of CARTIF and this group is focused on Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving, Integration of Renewable Energy Systems, Electricity Market, Demand Response, Smart Grid, etc.

CARTIF is the project coordinator of the OptEEmAL project and will be in charge of the overall platform design, guiding technical and management activities to successfully carry out the envisaged activities and to ensure the project objectives completion at its finalisation.

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Fundación TECNALIA

TECNALIA is a Spanish private, independent, non-profit organisation, employing more than 1.400 people. It has more than 300 patents and its turnover is 116 MEuros, operating in the following market sectors: Energy and Environment, Sustainable Construction, ICT Innovation and Society, Industry and Transport and Health and Quality of Life.
Within OptEEmAL, TECNALIA will lead the tasks for the definition and development of the District Data Model (DDM) in the workpackage “Ontology-based DDM and data repository”, providing the expertise in digital building and city models. TECNALIA is also involved in the development of the graphical user interface of the platform, focused on the visualisation of 3D city models on the web.

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NOBATEK

Nobatek is a French non-profit technological research centre working to promote and contribute to innovation in sustainable development and Energy Efficiency in building technology, architecture and planning. It employs 50 people, mainly civil, material, and energy engineers as well as architects, with a turnover of 3.5 million € for 2014 and offices in two locations in France (Anglet and Bordeaux). Within the OptEEmaL project, Nobatek will lead the workpackage “Platform Validation and Demonstration on Technical and Societal Levels”, which will ensure that the platform is in line with end-user’s requirements and will provide relevant and useful information on the design of district retrofitting plans and strategies. Nobatek will also be involved in the integration of its neighbourhood environmental assessment software, NEST, within the proposed platform as well as life-cycle assessment related activities.

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3D City Models – OptEEmAL partner ARGEDOR mentioned in paper


The OptEEmAL partner ARGEDOR Information Technologies Ltd. has been mentioned in a scientific paper. Within OptEEmAL, the Turkish partner focuses on the deployment of the Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) for the OptEEmAL platform. An output of Argedor's recent projects was now referred to in the paper “Applications of 3D City Models: State of the Art Review”. This work will constitute the base of the GUI that will be developed in OptEEmAL.

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3. Upcoming events

8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, 27.-29.04.2016 in Bilbao, Spain
The 2016 conference will allow participants to capitalise on the growing momentum for actions that transform cities into truly sustainable areas. The Sustainable Development Goals and the results of COP 21 in Paris will be reflected in the discussions, as well as the emerging Urban Agenda for Europe and the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development HABITAT III. The OptEEmAL project will be presented at the conference.

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Building Simulation & Optimization 2016, 12.-14.09.2016, Newcastle, UK
The built environment’s impact on climate and natural resources underpins an increasing demand for Building and Urban Performance Simulation. The conference seeks to highlight the advancements in simulation tools, optimization techniques and building information modelling at building and micro-urban scale. The OptEEmAL project will be presented at the conference. 

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4. About OptEEmAL / Project ID / Contact

OptEEmAL, a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will develop an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform able to design energy efficient retrofitting projects that are based on different energy conservation measures to improve the behaviour of a district. The tool will reduce time delivery and uncertainties and result in improved solutions when compared to business-as-usual practices. Under the coordination of Fundación CARTIF, 13 partners from 8 countries are working on delivering an optimised, integrated and systemic design based on an Integrated Project Delivery approach for building and district retrofitting projects.

PROJECT ID
Duration: 42 months (September 2015 – February 2019) Partners: 13 partners from 8 countries (France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Turkey), coordinated by Fundación CARTIF Call identifier: H2020-EeB-2014-2015 / H2020-EeB-2015 Topic: EeB-05-2015 Innovative design tools for refurbishment at building and district level

Contact

OptEEmAL Project Coordinator:
Fundación CARTIF
Miguel Á. García-Fuentes
E-Mail: miggar@cartif.es
Phone: +34 983 546504

Susana Martín
E-Mail: susmar@cartif.es
Phone: +34 983 546504

OptEEmAL Communication and Dissemination Secretariat:
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
Lena Ohlig
E-Mail: ohlig@steinbeis-europa.de
Phone: +49 711 123 4033

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