Demo cases

The DRIVE 0 concept is based on developing circular deep renovation solutions and supporting consumer centred business models for 7 specific study and demonstration cases as real environments. Each of these cases have a specific local driver for the need of a holistic and circular deep renovation, which is translated in ‘case-specific challenges and tasks’ and case-specific key performance indicators. 

These demonstration cases:

  1. provided insight in the potential and the exploitation of typical local drivers to initiate and accelerate deep renovation;
  2. gave input for the assessment of the potential of local available reusable materials, in relation to the specific local drivers and relevant local stakeholders and how a total local value chain can be created;
  3. gave feedback on the practical working and usefulness of the proposed consumers centred circular renovation concepts (performance in practice, actual renovation time, the extent to which materials are actually re-used, the extent of appreciation by end-users etc.);
  4. provided evidence to the involved end-users and to the most important stakeholders on EU level (such as European ‘umbrella organisations’ and interest groups);
  5. provided input for a comparison of the potentials and effectiveness of using and exploiting local drivers;
  6. gave input for the calculation of the impact, on three levels

As the demonstrators are also acting as study cases, they played a central role in the total concept and structure of DRIVE 0, i.e., the majority of tasks are geared toward solutions towards these cases. All cases started with a mapping of the needs and potentials: which solutions can be adopted and how? Want to know all about our demonstration cases? Check out the pages per demo case!

Case 1: Super circular neighborhood, the Netherlands

In the Dutch case, building upon state-of-the-art modular and plug-and-play (nZEB) retrofit technologies, a circular net-zero deep-renovation demonstrator will be completed. The demonstration project includes typical Dutch terraced housing owned by a social housing associations. The circular deep-renovation of the Dutch demonstrator focusses on refurbishing the envelope with prefabricated modules and installing a building services ‘engine’.

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Case 2: Photovoltaic planter, Barcelona

Starting with the idea to integrate photovoltaic panels and green walls into “Medianeras”, opaque boundary walls at the limit of 2 plots, the development of the idea lead us into creating an innovative product, a photovoltaic planter, that can be not only applied at these opaque walls, but also on building roofs, terraces and balconies. In all cases, the product introduces both the local energy production and vegetation.

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Case 3: Residences, Athlone, County Westmeath

The Irish case study is a typical Irish two-story semi detatched house constructed of masonry block cavity walls with solid concrete ground floor, timber first floor and cold vented attic timber roof. The original thermal performance of the construction was poor but has been upgraded with attic insulation and pumped insulation to the cavity. The original houses may be been heated by solid fuel open fires but was upgraded with central heating. However, the energy rating is poor and the challenge is to provide a deep energy retrofit of the dwelling involving an advanced thermal upgrade to the envelope via...

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Case 4: Villa within the new “Borgo Digani” building complex, Argelato, Bologna

The Italian demonstrator is located in Argelato, a small Municipality near Bologna. It consists of a building complex constructed in the early 1900s and partially demolished and rebuilt over the decades, composed of a manor villa, a hayloft/stables, and a small animal shelter. The complex, surrounded by 1.2 ha of park of great landscape value, has been abandoned for so many decades. In 2021, when the private foundation decided to intervene, it was compromised and damaged in terms of seismic safety, architectural and conservative quality, and energy and mechanical performances. The abandoned agricultural building stock has a very strong potential,...

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Case 5: Apartment building, Saue

In Estonia, more than 70% of the residents live in apartment buildings, constructed before 1990. The majority of those buildings have the same typical problems: high energy consumption levels, insufficient ventilation, uneven indoor temperatures, and insufficient thermal comfort levels.

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Case 6: Deep circular energy retrofits of three single family houses

There are roughly 524.000 residential buildings in Slovenia and vast majority – 89% represent single-family houses (464.352 units). Most houses were built in 1970’s (18%), followed by 80’s (15%), 60’s (11%) and even 19th century (11%). Only 5% were built after year 2000. The houses built during these periods in Slovenia are relatively large heated volumes, often with non-optimal use of living space (large heated hallways, stairs, etc.), with very little or no thermal insulation. They are therefore resulting in large operating costs, often accompanied with mold problems. This is also a source of pollution and carbonization of environment, which...

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Case 7: Residential apartment in Attica Region

More than 40% of the total Greek population (about 4.0 mil of the 10.0 mil total) live in Attica region. Most residents live in buildings constructed before 1990, with low energy performance factors such as high energy use levels, insufficient ventilation, uneven indoor temperatures, insufficient thermal comfort levels.

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