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    ECTP: 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2018

    The Energy Efficient Buildings Committee of ECTP is pleased to share with you the 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review. This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 European research projects co-funded within the Energy efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and 58 co-funded projects under Horizon 2020 programme from 2014 to 2017.

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2018 highlights current results and achieved or expected benefits of the EeB PPP projects. The overall target is to develop breakthrough affordable technical and business driven solutions at building and district scale. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across the whole value chain, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 168 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    The Project Review 2018 can be downloaded here or in the on ECTP website.

    “Solar-Terra” module: high efficiency together with excellent aesthetics impact

    A BIPV modules has been developed by ISSOL applying a layer of color to the inner face of the front glass, both perfectly homogenous and highly translucent, to let pass without much loss of the energy from sunlight, the sole source of power for high-performance solar cells placed underneath. PV module possessing semi-matt and traditional looking colored Terracotta.

    Ideally, the "Solar-Terra" module is integrated into the roof and completely replaces the tile roof, its mounting system guaranteeing the same density as a traditional tile roof. A structured glass surface eliminates to a very large extent the reflections of ight considered untimely. In this way, the color is not impacted, even in case of very strong solar radiation.

    You can have more detailed information of the Solar-Terra" module, together with the other high aesthetics impact BIPV modules White and Colorful, in the PV session of the database.

    Low Emissivity Smart reversible windows developed in A2PBEER project

    A smart reversible window prototype has been developed and tested by Bergamo® Tecnoligie Spzoo in the framework of the A2PBEER project. The low emissivity windows have the E coating is either placed on the outer (max. solar gain, desirable in winter) or the inner side (min. solar gain, desirable in summer) of the glazed unit. The smart window can rotate the sash from a winter to summer position and vice versa to change the position of low E coating to select the right configuration.  Each window is fitted with an inside and external pane of glass which permit various amounts of solar radiation into the building at different times of the year. Each window can be regulated and controlled manually or electronically.

    A detailed information about the prototypes and the technologies tested in the project, including the insulation panel ISO-VAC from Isoleika, are available in the database and in the project website.

    Q-AIR project: leading European innovations for glass façades

    Q-Air is a unique single skin glass façade that offers all the performance and benefits of an active double skin façade.  A premium unitized glass curtain wall system, Q-Air uses an innovative, multi-chamber insulating core, which delivers exceptional energy efficiency, living and working comfortaesthetics and economic benefits.

    Q-Air represents one of the leading European innovations, which is underlined by being selected and supported by Horizon 2020 programme (GA No. 737757), a Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (FTIP) scheme. An innovation project Q-Air: Sustainable Prefabricated Glass Façade with Performance Exceeding State-of-the-art Glass Façades of five consortium partners Trimo, Kohlbecker Gesamtplan, ZAG, Cantori and Skandinaviska Glassystem is dealing with the innovative sustainable glass facade Q-Air and its broad positive impacts across architecture, building industry, environment and society.

    More information about the Q-Air Transparent, Opaque and Combination Unit prototypes are available in the Façade category of the database.

    tSENSE & eSENSE: instruments controls for indoor building monitoring

    tSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3-in-1 transmitter designed for installation in the air-conditioned zone. It measures CO2 concentration, temperature and humidity in the ambient air accurately without need for additional compensation ─ true read

    eSENSE is a CO2 transmitter for climate control and fits directly on top of EU electrical junction box standards. The units are available both with and without display for fixed installation in the climate zone. The transmitter helps you to save money by decreasing your energy consumption while creating a healthier indoor air climate.

    tSENSE and eSENSE are products of PSIDAC AB, a Swedish company which produces instruments controls and monitors pressure, flow and other parameters for indoor building monitoring. Detailed information about the IAQ, Temperature and Humidity sensors from PSIDAC AB are available in the database.

    Q CELLS Anti LID Technology eliminates light induced degradation

    Q CELLS Monocrystalline modules has advantages which they make them competitive on the market. The Q CELLS Anti LID Technology eliminates light induced degradation (LID), which can greatly reduce system performance, almost completely. Other conventional monocrystalline solar cells will lose much of their initial performance, once exposed to sunlight. With Q.PEAK DUO-G5, Q.PEAK-G4.1 (2705/285, 300/310, 315/330) from Q CELLS  this is not the case, thanks to Anti LID Technology.

    A detailed information for these monocrystalline modules with innovative German technology are available in the PV modules category of the database.  

    ExcEED briefing on EU data protection reform

    From the 25th of May 2018, the most important change in European data privacy regulation, in two decades, comes into force.

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation aims to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. Although the key principles of data privacy still hold true, data collectors will have to abide by new rules such as: clear consent requests, timely breach notifications, the right to be forgotten, privacy by design, to just name a few.

    EffiBUILDING, together with other projects and initiatives dealing with data on the energy performance of buildings, must implement these new rules. The most important changes are highlighted in the briefing launched by our sister project Exceed and available here.

    EffiBUILDING has established a cooperation with EXCEED Project

    Due to the common vision and mission, a strong cooperation with the EXCEED Project has been established.

    The ExcEED project (which stands for European Energy Efficient building district Database: from data to information to knowledge) aims to create a European database for measured and qualitative data on beyond the state-of-the-art buildings and districts. Key performance indicators (KPIs) will be developed to quantify and benchmark the energy efficiency and the environmental quality at building and district level.

    News about EffiBUILDING have been periodically published in the Exceed website. EffiBUILDING community will be updated on the development of the Exceed project.

    €57.5 million available to include renewable energy in buildings system

    European Commission continues their investments to improve the energy efficiency solutions for buildings. Two energy topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme are now open for proposal submission.


     Renewable energy system integrated at the   building scale 




     Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building   Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions

     €30 m



    More information on the call for proposal are available in the INEA website.

    A growing year for the EffiBUILDING Community

    2017 has been an important year for EffiBUILDING, the most innovative sharing platform for the energy efficiency solutions of buildings.

    We have reached more than 100 prototypes available for consultation in our database related to the four macro categories windows, façade, photovoltaic modules and sensors. These prototypes represent the future of the technologies and innovations in the energy efficiency of buildings: an article on this important achievement has been also published in the European portal for the Energy Efficiency in buildings BUILD UP.  

    Furthermore, we have reached more than 50 active members from all over the world, who has registered in the database and share their products and prototypes as well as providing feedback for the product development and the future steps for the database.

    These results have been possible thanks to the active members as well as for our cooperation with ECTP (European Construction Technology Platform), which provide an excellent work of scouting and promotion of the most interesting prototypes from FP7 and H2020 European projects.

    Finally, we would like to wish merry Christmas and happy new year to our community. 

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