The project has been structured for giving response to the complex issue of deep renovation of buildings in a sustainable way, while providing the maximum revalorisation of the property. In order to achieve the expected results, RenoZEB project will follow a sequence of stages that cover the different activities requested to make the technologies ready for the market.
1. First Prototyping
Although the baseline technologies are already available, it is necessary to analyse the specificity of the new scenario of application, i.e. deep renovation of buildings through holistic ‘plug & play’ solutions capturing the maximum property revalorisation. The final solution at the end of the project has to demonstrate to be the champion among others alternatives of retrofitting. As a result of this analysis, a detailed requirements specification of the RenoZEB system will be elaborated and the components to tackle these requirements will be defined and implemented. The development of these modules will include their functional and integration tests.
2. Demonstration in KUBIK experimental building
Once the prototype is available, it will be validated in one of the testing cells of KUBIK, the experimental building of TECNALIA. This building provides a relevant environment to demonstrate the performances of the RenoZEB system from multiple points of view, such as easiness to install the façade and integrated installations, thermal performances, new building process, before being installed in the real demonstration buildings in Spain and Estonia. In case that any nonconformity is detected, it will be directly solved minimizing costs for suppliers and disturbances to building users and avoiding loss of confidence in RenoZEB system.
3. Demonstration in real buildings in two different geo clusters
RenoZEB system will be demonstrated in two real buildings in Spain and Estonia, which are representative of two of the main geo clusters that are addressed as target market of RenoZEB solutions. This will serve as the main route to demonstrate the applicability and effectiveness of the methodology, the new solutions and integral platform and its integrated services, thus paving the way to market uptake. Also these buildings will be used as a training resource for the construction sector value chain later in the project.
4. Replication in three virtual demonstration buildings
Through the demonstration of RenoZEB in the virtual buildings of Ravda (Bulgaria), Athens (Greece), and Stezzano (Italy) the coverage of the demonstration is extended to three additional geo clusters and reinforces the replication potential of RenoZEB. These buildings allow for the feasibility of replicating RenoZEB solution in different building typologies and climatic zones, including the transformation of an office building into residential.
5. Feasibility of industrial production and exploitation
On the one hand, previous to the development of the solutions, the regulatory framework and conservation will be assessed in order to provide the market with competitive solutions. On the other hand, synergies from structural funds will be sought and an outline of initial exploitation and business plans provided in order to strengthen the impact of the project. Strategies, needs and costs for the up scaling of the new solutions will be also considered. Large dissemination activities and training workshops for professionals will be also undertaken. Partners will refine exploitation routes during the project development, in order to add to their products and services the new solutions in a short-term period after the end of the project.
6. Business model
Considering that the financial and social barriers are one of the major hinders of the energy efficient renovation in buildings, RenoZEB will propose also a business model to allow the funding of the renovation works and a social methodology to work with the tenants. This business model will be complemented with the Investors Ready Business Plan, the keystone for the commercial launching of the RenoZEB solution.
7. Market deployment
The project has been designed to facilitate the market penetration of the results: the revalorisation of the property as the main driver of market success and a complete methodology for implementing the new solutions through all value chain by all their actors. On top of that, after the satisfactory completion of RenoZEB, and in order to reach higher levels of development, RenoZEB partners will proceed to complementary R&D, pilot implementations, and market penetration activities in regions where construction is envisaged as a market priority. In this sense, according to national/ regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation, many regions in Spain, Norway, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Malta, Poland, Finland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden, present a favourable market for the RenoZEB concept.