EcoBuild 2015

Between the 3rd and 5th of March 2015, EcoBuild held their annual event at ExCel London. EcoBuild UK 2015 is the UK’s leading trade event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.
EcoBuild showcases the future of design, construction and the built environment. This event demonstrates, with 1,300 exhibitors and practical installations inside the arena, the latest developments in sustainable construction. The event also offered more than 100 free seminars with over 600 highly regarded speakers in attendance.
The EcoBuild provided the perfect platform to showcase the developments of the RESSEEPE project to the industry and other potential stakeholders who may have limited knowledge about the project. With Coventry University (CU) already exhibiting at the event, an invitation was sent to Exergy (EXE) to accompany CU and help disseminate the RESSEEPE projects current progress which was duly accepted.
During the event, Coventry University had set up several demonstration and presentation times at the exhibition space to provide visitors, guests and other exhibitors an insight into the RESSEEPE project and the purpose of the FP7 project.
The presentation consisted of the introduction of the project by showing the official RESSEEPE project video followed by a more in depth look at the demo sites involved as well as the different innovative technologies being implemented. Several attendees at the event showed their interest in the project and requested additional information.
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GCESD 2015

The Global Conference on Energy and Sustainable Development conference took place between 24th and 26th February 2015 in Coventry, UK. This event was organised by The World Energy and Environment Technology Ltd with the conference providing a platform for world-wide researchers and specialists and also those who are interested in learning about energy and sustainable development.
The conference covered several topics ranging from renewable energy resources and energy system analysis to Sustainability methodologies and Sustainable development for innovation.
Fernando Centeno of Exergy (EXE) was fortunate to be invited as a speaker to present the RESSEEPE project, outlining the background of the project as well as the current progress update. The main goal was to promote the RESSEEPE project to external stakeholders coming from different professional backgrounds and to create more interest among the specialists.
The presentation commenced with Fernando Centeno, Scientific Coordinator of the RESSEEPE project, giving a brief overview of the project followed by detailed information about the different Demo Sites across Europe. This was followed by an in depth look at the different innovative technologies being used within the project to retrofit the Demo Buildings. The presentation was concluded with a brief insight into the retrofitting analyser and planner.
A question and answer session followed, where the audience as well as fellow speakers displayed a great interest in the project, in particular the innovative technologies being used in the retrofit. An experienced and knowledgeable professor from Japan expressed great interest in the RESSEEPE project and the Aerogel materialProfessor Shukuya Masanori of Tokyo City University, specialises in Restoration Ecology and Built Environment and required further information on the insulating material.
To read the full story, follow the link: GCESD 2015

OHL visits Coventry

The OHL RESSEEPE Team visited the Coventry demo site last 7th of April and met with representatives from Coventry University, IES and Exergy Ltd. The main goals of the site visit were to identify and minimize the potential retrofitting barriers at the early stages of the development and enhance the project delivery process.
During the first day of the meetings, Mark Gaterall and Danny McGough (Coventry University) have provided valuable insight about the George Eliot Building and the university campus. Two different UK-based suppliers, Polysolar and IntelligentGlass also had the opportunity to provide a short technical overview of their products closely linked with the RESSEEPE project brief. During the second day of the meetings, the OHL team surveyed the George Eliot Building and collected technical information in order to be able to develop an accurate construction plan in the following months.
The next meeting (12M Steering Committee) and the first workshop of the RESSEEPE project, which will bring all the participants together, will be held in Barcelona, Spain in July. Details of the workshop will be announced next month.
Mind the gap
Many research studies show that there is a clear evidence of a performance gap between design and operation stages of new and refurbished buildings. This gap represents a number of risks to government, industry and end-users. A recent study carried out by Zero Carbon Hub (UK) identified the causes of the well-known performance gap. The priory research areas found by the Zero Carbon Hub research team are based on the following issues:
• Lack of communication of design intent through work stages
• Insufficient design information provided for building fabric and building services
• Product and system design issues
• Insufficient information regarding critical energy performance criteria of components to procurement team
• Product substitution at procurement without due regard for performance criteria
• Lack of designer input available to site if issues arise
• Full design information or installation guidance produced by not available on site
• Unclear construction responsibilities for energy performance
• Limited tests and agreed protocols available for in situ fabric performance measurement
This study clearly shows that lack of communication among stakeholders, lack of knowledge transfer and inefficient project management are the main reasons of the performance gap. RESSEEPE therefore aims to minimize the risk for the performance gap by implementing an integrated design and development approach. Through the collaborative development of dynamic energy models, building information models and business plans, RESSEEPE will minimize the risks for management and communication problems and ensure that the design targets are achievable throughout the building lifetime. Project results that will be made available to public and industry practitioners will enhance continuous knowledge transfer and stimulate delivery of energy efficient buildings.
Further information on this research study of Zero Carbon Hub can be found at: http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/recent-publications

RESSEEPE Kick-Off Meeting

RESSEEPE Project Kick-Off Meeting was held on 22nd and 23rd of July 2013 in Brussels. The Project Coordinator representatives, Kenneth Burnham and Laura Melvin (IES) gave an overview of administrative, legal and financial procedures. Technical Manager of the project, Dr Vladimir Vukovic (Exergy) talked about the concept and main objectives. RESSEEPE is a collaborative project co-funded by the European Community Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and it has received funding from the European Union. The project will bring together design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a strong demonstration programme to demonstrate the improved building performance through retrofitting.
The first day consisted mainly of partner´s presentations. All participants presented their expertise, some of them in solar and energy efficiency, sustainable construction, manufacturing of new materials, prototyping activities, building performance. The partners talked about their engagement and active participation in the RESSEEPE Project.
During the second day work package leaders took the opportunity to deep into their relevant work packages and implementation plans.
There was a time to share reporting, reviewing and communication procedures and discuss about the corporate identity of the project and the website that will be launched at the end of September 2013.