ENERFUND final conference: New technologies and open data levers to achieve climate and energy goals

ENERFUND final conference: New technologies and open data levers to achieve climate and energy goals

The final conference of the ENERFUND project took place on Monday 21st of January 2019 at the House of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was very sucessful, and the presentations were of high interest and highlighted some of the needs for future developments in the field of energy and the use of big data and new technologies as instruments to achieve energy and climate goals of the EU.

Alexandros Charalambides from the Cyprus University of Technology, ENERFUND project coordinator kicked-off the event, by presenting the ENERFUND project and the speakers to follow.  Dimitrios Athanasiou and Amandine De Coster – Lacourt from the European Commission presented the Financing Schemes for Energy Efficiency for Smart Buildings, while Horia Petran (The National Institute for Research and Development URBAN-INCERC) focused on the development of skills and competences of key stakeholders towards nZEB-levels.

Daniele Antonucci (Senior researcher – EURAC research center, Institute of Renewable Energy) presented various projects which utilize data technologies to display energy performance and consumption, while Oriol Pujoldevall (Head of Business Development at the Energy Web Foundation), presented the work of the Energy Web Foundation on decentralizing solutions and applying blockchain technology to the energy sector.

Zeno Winkels (Building Technologies Accelerator-BTA, Climate KIC) followed, presenting the work of Climate KIC related to buildings and their energy efficiency. Lukas Kranzl (Senior Researcher, Technische Universität Wien) focused on “Hotmaps,”  an open source mapping and planning tool for heating and cooling experience.

Finally, Alexandros Charalambides (Cyprus University of Technology, ENERFUND project coordinator) presented the ENERFUND app and highlighted some required policies in the field of energy efficiency of buildings.

The presentations can be found here

New features and updates on the ENERFUND app!

New features and updates on the ENERFUND app!

In addition to the Valencia region and Catalunya, new areas and cities in Spain include:

    • Albacete
    • Araba
    • Bizkaia
    • Ciudad Real
    • Cuenca
    • Gipuzkoa
    • Gualajara
    • Toledo

Also, Slovakia is now the new country to join the ENERFUND app!

Another brand new ENERUND feature, allows users to filter by heating fuel type in Ireland. This feature will be also added to other countries where such data is available!

More features and additions are coming soon, so stay tuned!

ENERFUND has made it to the International Journal of Sustainable Energy!

ENERFUND has made it to the International Journal of Sustainable Energy!

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) on the renovation of buildings. Thus, through the European project ENERFUND, 2 online web-based surveys were conducted in 12 countries of the European Union. It was shown that the results varied significantly both between countries and age groups and, that, on average, EPCs did play a role both in renovation decisions and whether to rent/buy a certain flat. In addition, this paper presents major key drivers and parameters related to energy renovation investment mobilisation and suggests actions that can contribute to the promotion of investments for deep energy renovation of buildings. Furthermore, it highlights potential benefits and effectiveness of using retrofitting online tools, such as the ENERFUND tool, pinpoints market failures in the building sector and provides suggestions on increasing the deep energy renovation market in Europe.