REZBUILD: sustainable construction in Europe through technologies and social innovation

REZBUILD: sustainable construction in Europe through technology and social innovation
The REZBUILD Project organized an informational workshop in Oslo on the refurbishment methodology soon to be validated in a demo building located in Bertramjordet housing cooperative. The event is framed within the participative processes carried out in the project which involve local communities, researchers, the private sector and citizens.

On April 10th, Oslo became the epicentre of sustainable construction. Experts from the European Union gathered in the Norwegian city to explain the activities that are being developed within the framework of REZBUILD Project, an initiative funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Commission that grows with the main aim of defining an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ecosystem for Near Zero Energy Building in Europe. ZABALA Innovation Consulting is partner of this initiative.

REZBUILD consortium brings together 13 partners from 5 different countries. The consortium is formed by the equilibrated collaboration of international level entities represented by big industries, SMEs, consultancy firms, RTD centres, public bodies, users associations and academic institutions: Officinae Verdi Group (Italy), Vias y Construcciones (Spain), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Exploded View (Spain), Rimond (Italy), and ZABALA.

This project is awarded by the EC with a grant of 6,996,128.25 € and a total budget of 9,038,208.75 €. REZBUILD’s kick off meeting took place in October of 2017 in Rome and the project will run for 4 years.

REZBUILD project will establish a multi-collaborative framework within a refurbishment methodology managed by an Agile Project Management tool based on cloud service, capable to interconnect in real-time the key steps of a tailored retrofitting plan among all stakeholders involved within the building renovation value chain.  Decision making tools will be performed in order to validate the best optimized cost-effective refurbishment technology package in Bertramjordet housing cooperative, in Oslo.

In addition, REZBUILD Project has established 2 more demo sites in Venice (Italy) and Madrid (Spain), each one with a different representative climate and tipology of building.

Involvement of local communities and citizens

The communication, social innovation and public participation programs framed within the project are led by ZABALA Innovation Consulting and developed in collaboration with local partners (OBOS Prosjekt in Norway, OVERDI in Italy and the Community of Madrid in Spain) and will be implemented through a methodology for decision making processes which involves all the relevant expertise in the overall process. In this context, the owners of the buildings, who are the object of the pilot tests, will be pivotal to promote actions of social innovation, through the user’s awareness on an efficient energy use.

In this sense, the workshop organized in Oslo on April 10th  was focused on the owners of the houses living in the neighbourhood that will be refurbished within the framework of the project. Local communities acceptance and the understanding of Oslo population about this project is considered essential to succeed in the development of the refurbishment and renovation actions.

In addition, this workshop aimed to raise awareness on the impacts of the project among the final users and detect any potential social risk deriving from its implementation.

The workshop has been a good chance to present REZBUILD and its general objectives and specific measures in Oslo, in order to improve the knowledge about the project. Furthermore, representatives of the consortium had the opportunity to discuss about the project, as well as the related perceived risks through group dynamics and interactions.

ZABALA will continue promoting the package of social innovation actions in the scenarios of the other demonstrations: Madrid and Venice.

Additionally, a guide of good practices in the field of due diligence will be developed in collaboration with the University of Nottingham. This publication will be focus on the value chain of the construction and rehabilitation of the building sector and will integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).


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