The partners of the European initiative, focused on the development of an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB), organised a participatory workshop with local communities at the demo site of Martellago (Italy), advancing participatory and public acceptance processes.
Two years after the REZBUILD Project, backed by Horizon2020 European programme, kicked off, the leading consortium of the initiative gathered in the Italian city of Venice-Mestre in order to analyse the main advances achieved by the partners in the development of advanced technologies aimed to create an innovative renovation ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in Europe, contributing to the reduction of emissions and the Energy Transition.
Between the 5th and 7th of November, the consortium members had the chance of exchanging knowledge, addressing the main challenges arisen within the initiative and discussing the next steps to pursue goals such as optimize the execution time of the construction works and boost rehabilitation processes using BIM technologies.
Meeting in the city council with the local communities
The second day of the meeting also included a visit to the Martellago demo site, which consists in a social building built in 1970 where REZBUILD partners will renovate 2/4 residential apartments.
The visit to Martellago testing zone permitted to reinforce links with local communities through a workshop that took place at the Martellago City Council and was attended by the town mayor and local technicians, boosting interaction with the different agents involved in refurbishment and promoting participatory and public acceptance processes, which are an essential part of the project. The local stakeholders showed strong interest in improving their energy efficiency at home seeing as energy bills are very expensive due to the high humidity over the winter season.
More about REZBUILD demo sites
The REZBUILD demo sites are residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).
The demo sites have no buildings surrounding it and include a sizable amount of windows, making them suitable for demonstrating the efficiency of PV Glass. Insulation and HVAC systems performance for hot humid climate will also be demonstrated. Due to its use, lighting refurbishment will also be paramount. The goal of the refurbishment is the reduction of more than 60% in consumption and cost of energy, improving comfort.
The REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The initiative is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.