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Paving the way for the adoption of the SRI into national regulation and market

LIFE project – Grant agreement nº 101077280

As Member States look to apply the European Union's Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) to plan upgrades of their building stock, regional differences in regulation and markets hinder the roll out and stress inequalities.

SRI2MARKET will use lessons learned by countries that are well advanced in rolling out SRI to support and inspire action among those that are not early movers.

OBJECTIVE 1: Support the targeted EU Member States (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Portugal, Spain) on introducing the SRI into their national regulation. SRI2MARKET will produce recommendations for each of the targeted Member States on: (a) integrating the SRI into the current national regulatory framework for buildings (including performance requirements and building certification schemes), (b) evaluating whether the default SRI calculation methodology is appropriate or whether adaptations are required, and (c) using the SRI as an effective policy instrument to achieve the national energy and climate policy goals.

OBJECTIVE 2: Propose public funding schemes to finance SRI upgrades in buildings. The project will set up and fuel – through evidence-based proposals – a stakeholder dialogue process with key national power market stakeholders (regulatory agencies, energy agencies, system operators) so as to jointly define how improvements in SRI rating should be compensated in order to provide the appropriate incentives to the building renovation market. The goal is to incentive energy efficiency measures that can help phase out old polluting power generation plants that exist only for serving peak demand, and/or mitigate the need for additional power generation capacity that is non-economically viable.

OBJECTIVE 3: Develop tools to guide SRI assessors and streamline building assessments. The tools are collectively referred to as the “SRI2MARKET Tool Suite”, and they will all be accessible through a unifying, multilingual web portal.

OBJECTIVE 4: Provide training to EPC assessors on the SRI and the methodology of its calculation. The SRI2MARKET will offer e-learning lessons on the SRI and its assessment methodology. The learning materials will be developed originally in the English language and, then, translated into native project partner languages by each project partner.

OBJECTIVE 5: Set up SRI pilots at national level so as to identify best practices for SRI assessments. The strategy of SRI2MARKET is to connect the users of the e-learning service with building owners that want indicative buildings of their portfolio assessed.

OBJECTIVE 6: Provide recommendations to building owners and facility managers on cost-effective SRI upgrades. SRI2MARKET will develop and disseminate recommendations to guide building owners in selecting automation capabilities that best fit their buildings. The recommendations will be based on a series of use cases that will: (a) present practical examples of how specific technology upgrades in different types of technical in-building systems are translated into improvements in the SRI rating, and (b) what can be achieved, in terms of energy savings and demand flexibility, by upgrading the SRI of different technology packages.


Smart energy services to solve the SPlit INcentive problem in the commercial rented sector

H2020 project – Grant agreement nº 101033744

SmartSPIN aims at developing a new business model to improve the energy efficiency and flexibility in commercial rented sector. The new business solutions are expected to benefit all parties involved and allow both owners and tenants to profit from the cost, energy efficiency improvements and flexibility services in a more transparent way. For a three-years-period, the project will demonstrate, test, validate and implement the smart energy solutions in three European pilot sites situated in Spain, Greece and Ireland.

Furthermore, the novel SmartSPIN business model integrates the latest advanced smart energy services concepts and technologies available on the market along with other non-energy services. Combined with advanced measurement and verification concepts for data analytics from smart equipment and a new contractual approach that fairly splits the benefits between all stakeholders, SmartSPIN build trust between the parties and pave the way for a greater uptake of smart energy services in the commercial rented sector.

The SmartSPIN concept aims at the removing the current market barriers for integrating energy efficiency smart services in the commercial rented sector. Thereby, successfully develop a new business model beneficial for all parties involved. That will be achieved through test demonstrations and data analysis of three real case studies exploring how smart energy services can be deployed as an effective business model practice in Europe. The project will also provide tools to train all stakeholders involved in the value chain, as well as supporting policies to drive the market uptake.


Smart Energy Services to Improve the Energy Efficiency of the European Building Stock

H2020 project – Grant agreement nº 847066

The H2020 SENSEI project will design, test and disseminate an innovative transaction model to enable energy efficiency upgrades to be valorised through one or more of the following paths: (a) incentive schemes that aim at steering energy efficiency interventions towards measures that are beneficial for both the building owners and the power grid, (b) capacity mechanisms that compensate energy efficiency as a resource that achieves a permanent, continuous reduction on power consumption affecting the need for peak capacity or long-lasting ramping reserves, and (c) programs that aim at financing energy efficiency without the risk of paying for unrealized changes in power consumption.

To achieve its goal, the SENSEI project will: (a) identify when and where energy efficiency can help defer investments in the distribution system or safely offset the need for ramping and/or peak generation capacity, (b) increase awareness on the P4P model, and (c) propose and design new contractual arrangements to govern the transactions between the involved parties so that energy efficiency can become an exploitable resource for the power grid.

HEBES was the initiator of the SENSEI project and acts as the technical manager of the SENSEI model and service development activities.


Energy Conscious Consumers

H2020 project – Grant agreement nº 784988

ECO2 is a Horizon2020 funded project which helps EU consumers increase awareness of their energy consumption and improve their energy efficiency. ECO2 aims at increasing consumers’ awareness of their role in energy consumption and energy efficiency processes. It is implemented as a large-scale e-learning system for European citizens, who are supported in the implementation of concrete actions to save energy and make their homes more energy efficient. It takes the form of a dynamic knowledge-sharing platform (ACT4ECO) facilitating knowledge for consumers on how to use energy wisely.

HEBES supports the validation of the ECO2 content to ensure that all the information provided is credible, based on real data or model-based results. We will also help disseminate ECO2 and its services in Greece.

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