Projects involving ECTP

Committees

BIGG

The BIGG project is a an Innovation Action (IA) which will run from December 2020 to November 2023.
It aims at demonstrating the application of big data technologies and data analytic techniques for the complete buildings life-cycle of more than 4000 buildings in 6 large-scale pilot test-beds, achieved by: 1) The Open Source BIGG Data Reference Architecture 4 Buildings for collection/funneling, processing and exchanging data from different sources (smart-meters, sensors, BMS, existing data sets); 2) An interoperable buildings data specification, BIGG Standard Data Model 4 Buildings, based on the combination of elements from existing frameworks and EC directives, such as SAREF, INSPIRE, BIM, EPCHub that will be enhanced to reach full interoperability of building data; 3) An extensible, open, cloud-based BIGG Data Analytics Toolbox of service modules for batch and real-time analytics that supports a wide range of services, new business models and support reliable and effective policy-making. These solutions will be deployed and tested cross pilot and country validation of at least two business scenarios in Spain and Greece.

DigiPLACE

DigiPLACE is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) which will run from September 2019 to May 2021.
The construction sector is characterised by a high presence of SMEs, low capitalization, a low rate of higher educated employees, low investment in innovation, and a long supply chain. DigiPLACE will create a common ecosystem of innovation, standardization and commerce with the aim to collect the achieved results and to increase the productivity of the sector and the quality of its end products (buildings & infrastructures).
Could digitalization help the sector to solve these historical issues and future ones? What kind of digitalization, market, production and supply-chain we could imagine? What kind of consumers do we have for our products and services? How do these worlds work together?
DigiPLACE aims to investigate all these themes and to define a Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for digital construction platform, based on an EU-wide consensus involving a large community of stakeholders and the expertise of selected key players, resulting in a strategic roadmap for successful implementation of this RAF.

METABUILDING

METABUILDING is an Innovation Action (IA) which will give innovation support to SMEs from 5 industrial sectors: Construction, Additive Manufacturing, ICT, Recycling, and Nature Based Solutions and 6 target countries: Austria / France / Hungary / Italy / Portugal / Spain. It started in June 2020 and will last for 36 months.
Starting from a bottom-up approach taking into account the innovation needs and barriers of SMEs, a joint road-map of an enlarged Built Environment value chain will be defined by stakeholders from all 5 sectors and coming from the 6 target countries. This joint road-map will build the basis for the definition of the GROW and HARVEST innovation challenges that will allow to unleash synergies through the cross-sectoral, cross border collaboration of SMEs while increasing their competitiveness and internationalization.
Furthermore, the project will create an Open Innovation platform facilitating the identification of partners, innovative technologies (featuring an Industrial Commons-inspired database of previously developed, EU funded technology assets for insourcing), funding instruments and new markets.

METABUILDING LABS

To reach the COP21 goal of nearly-zero energy, zero emission buildings, MBLabs Labs strives to unleash the innovation potential of the SMEs of the Construction sector by lowering the entry barriers to test innovative solutions in a network of testing facilities in RTOs and Living Labs in 13 countries, allowing a direct feedback from the end-users during the final development stages. The MBLabs concept consists of 5 innovation pillars: 1) SME outreach by metaclustering & Open Innovation Digital Platform as cornerstones to engage and support SMEs in innovation and testing based on the networks of MBLabs’ 40 consortium partners; 2) OITB Brokerage Business Model; 3) Harmonised testing framework for building products development; 4) O3 Building Envelope Testbench (standardized, replicable, affordable, Digital Twin enabled); 5) Streamlined access to Living Labs & pilot matchmaking.

SmartBuilt4EU

SmartBuilt4EU is a Coordination and Support Action running from October 2020 to March 2023.
The building sector is one of the key enablers to achieve low carbon economy goals for 2050. To deliver this potential, buildings need to transform from passive isolated elements to smart buildings, able to adapt to occupants needs and act as active nodes well integrated to the energy grids and other infrastructures.
SB4EU will consolidate the Smart Building Innovation Community (SBIC) with, at its core, EU-funded projects, and provide it with a package of supporting activities with two objectives:
* facilitate the exchange of information between EU-funded projects and national initiatives in the field of smart buildings and the related business, policy and media;
* coordinate contributions of the SBIC to the SRI promotion, experimentation and implementation and the identification of R&I priorities to accelerate the roll out of smart building innovation, in line with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

SMARTSPEND

SMARTSPEND is a 3-year EU-funded project running until 30 November 2021, that aims to find new ways to coordinate and increase investments in clean energy Research & Development.
The SMARTSPEND project is supporting the execution of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) of the European Commission.
SMARTSPEND will organise a major conference to help innovators in clean energy access risk finance from public and private sources. Innovators need money and connections to scale up. To prepare the conference, SMARTSPEND will report the needs and sources.
SMARTSPEND will also report on the synergies in different technologies’ R&D plans, and on the ways that sectors should organise themselves to access EU funding efficiently.

Finished projects

ThinkNature

In order to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies, Nature-Based Solutions are an important topic on the EU Research and Innovation policy agenda. The ThinkNature project is part of Horizon 2020 and has received funding under grant agreement No 730338. It has run from December 2016 to November 2019.
The objective of the ThinkNature project was the development of a platform that supports the understanding and the promotion of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).
NBS are defined by the EU as solutions that are ‘inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience.' (source: The EU Research and Innovation policy agenda on Nature-Based Solutions).

Homes4Life

Homes4Life is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) aiming at developing a new European certification scheme for age-friendly living environments. It started in December 2018 and ended in February 2021.
Our living environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs and preferences – including when these needs and preferences evolve over time – is one of the most effective approaches to respond to challenges brought to us by Europe’s ageing demographics.
However, a huge share of the building stock is not adapted to permit to older persons to age in place. Even today’s new constructions are often not prepared to support health and wellbeing over the life course.
Homes4Life has addressed this challenge by contributing to the development of a new European certification scheme, based on an inspirational and realistic long-term vision of people’s needs and requirements in a holistic life-course approach and help develop better living environments integrating construction and digital solutions where this is beneficial.