Monitoring and evaluation
The Objective of the Builtsmart-project is to demonstrate and mainstream cost effective techniques and methods for constructing very low energy buildings in various climates: north, central and south. Monitoring and result evaluation is necessary in order to give inhabitants, developers and building companies etc. feedback. It is also important to have the evaluated results when the outcomes of the project will be disseminated and techniques and ways of working will be replicated.
The structural monitoring and performance evaluation in all the included buildings makes it possible to compare the effect of different energy saving techniques on different locations. Similar energy saving actions implemented in different countries will be compared from an environmental and financial perspective. A monitoring and evaluation strategy will be implemented in order to secure accurate and relevant measurements and monitoring throughout the project.
The evaluation will create important knowledge on the feasibility of different kinds of actions in European countries with different conditions. The monitoring within the project will be coordinated with the monitoring between similar projects initiated by the European commission.
New built very low energy buildings from two different countries will be demonstrated in Buildsmart-project. The included Buildings are:
- A hotel and two residential buildings in the concert, congress and hotel area in the city center of Malmö
- A large block of office buildings and a residential block, in the Hyllie area, Malmö
- A residential building in Portugalete, Region of Basque
The total gross floor space of the buildings demonstrated in the Buildsmart will be 63 000 m², divided in to 17 700 m² residential and 45 603 m² non-residential buildings.
The included buildings are characterized by:
- A total very low energy consumption.
- Dense envelopes in order to create high air tightness and low energy losses
- Energy efficient installations creating a minimizing energy use
- Heat recovery systems
- A high degree of the energy used is produced either by renewable energy sources placed on the building or in the vicinity.
- Waste management system created for maximum recycling and energy recovery.
- Existing and tested technology will be used in new combinations to be able to show cost effectiveness and high replication potential.
A number of different techniques will be demonstrated to create very low energy buildings. The participating developers are commercial actors with demands on return on investments. Proposed actions are chosen carefully out of a financial perspective. The different energy saving techniques are chosen with the intent that they will be economically competitive. Some buildings will use emerging technologies with high initial costs but when combined with more cost effective ones, giving a relative short pay off time on the investment.
All actions implemented will also be analyzed out of a system perspective, where the whole energy system is included, thus calculating the primary energy need for different technology choices as well as its life cycle costs. Actions in the different buildings are also made based out of the local conditions, especially for the differences in climatic conditions. But the systematic approach in monitoring and evaluation will create a sound scientific and comparative analysis of energy saving actions and it´s cost effectiveness for different kind of building types. Actions implemented will, as a part of the project, be evaluated and compared.
Dissemination and replication of results
The consortium behind the project consists of:
- Local and regional authorities,
- Leading research institutes,
- A number of construction companies, some of them working on an international arena
The participating authorities have a crucial role to play in the future development of the building industry within their boundaries. A development towards a more energy efficient building stock could be promoted trough a number of instruments by the local and regional authorities. The demonstrated buildings have a potential to set standard and become mainstream in the areas where they are erected.
A number of the partners in the consortium are active on a European and an international scale. That includes the research institutes, construction companies and the international consultant group. The methods and the results from the project have therefore a potential to be replicated on a big scale trough the participating actors.
There will be a strong focus on dissemination and market exploitation in the project. The Buildsmart project aims at facilitating the exploitation and deployment of the energy efficient technologies and methods demonstrated already during the project. They should be considered as preferred choices in other building projects, in various countries, within and beyond the project.
Dissemination strategies, deliverables, instruments and tools for the promotion and the transfer of results will be developed at national and European level within the project. Dissemination of the project’s findings and promotion of the results will be made at national and European level. Exchange of information, knowledge and experience with other institutions and multipliers that are not part of the project in other European regions will be established to enable other players in different European countries to benefit from the results of this project.