Drive 0 @ Sustainable Places 2022

Drive 0 took part in Sustainable Places 2022, a series of conferences, panel discussions and workshops, or as they defined themselves ‘Europe’s #1 destination for EU research collaboration and market opportunities’.

The hybrid event was dedicated to ‘Off-Site Plug-and-Play Prefabricated Opaque and Transparent Multi-Functional Envelope Systems: Lessons and Visions‘, where Drive 0 shared the floor together with other 6 H2020 EU-funded projects.

Context: Current building renovation processes are time-consuming, expensive and often unattractive to owners due to disturbance. The need for lowering renovation time and cost can be readily achieved via off-site prefabrication. Furthermore, since the envelope is the main interface between buildings’ occupants and the outside, it is important to regulate energy gains and losses across it. Low cost, low weight, environmentally friendly insulation, compliant with local fire and structural regulations in the form of prefabricated opaque panels and/or Insulating Glass Units can be used for fast and reliable renovation. Limitations of the existing systems could be overcome by switching from ‘static’ to ‘responsive’ and ‘dynamic’ systems. 

Hybrid “Plug-and-play” prefabricated envelop systems, that not only regulate energy gains and losses across the envelop but also actively interface with the building, integrating renewable energy production systems and storage technologies. They can ensure NZEB status after renovation and take into account occupant comfort requirements. They can be either opaque or transparent (glazing) systems such as windows, glass facades and glass roof elements.

The seven projects that took part in the workshop developed such hybrid Plug-and-Play systems. They came together to exchange experiences and map the technological challenges for the adoption of the developed technologies. The workshop was structured around three topics: a) Overview of the technological developments achieved in each project; b) based on the project developments group active-passive-hybrid technologies in terms of their technical characteristics; c) use the technology mapping to assess the technology potential to contribute towards NZEB and positive energy targets.

Workshop Chair: Maria FountiNTUA (National Technical University of Athens)

Projects Included:

From the call LC-EEB-04-2020:- Industrialisation of building envelope kits for the renovation market:

  • INFINITE – Industrialised durable building envelope retrofitting by all-in-one interconnected technology solutions
  • PLURAL – Plug-and-Use renovation with adaptable lightweight systems
  • ENSNARE – ENvelope meSh aNd digitAl framework for building Renovation

From the call LC-EEB-01-2019: Integration of energy smart materials in non-residential buildings

  • POWERSKIN+ –  Highly advanced modular integration of insulation, energising and storage systems for non-residential buildings
  • SWITCH2SAVE –  Lightweight switchable smart solutions for energy saving large windows and glass facades

From the call LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020 – Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation

  • DRIVE 0: Engaging consumers for the decarbonisation of Europe’s buildings

H2020-LC-SC3-EE-2018: Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation

  • StepUP – Solutions and Technologies for deep Energy renovation Processes UPtake


Have you missed our session? Watch the recording here (Drive 0 presentation starts at 1:27:24)

Original source: Sustainable Places website