Heart

EU H2020 Heart - Holistic Energy and Architectural Retrofit Toolkit

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Heart
  • Project duration: October 2017 - March 2022
  • Project status:
    Approval by the Scientific Committee
  • Funding:
    Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
  • Total project budget: €6,638,687.50
  • Website: https://heartproject.eu/
HEART is a multifunctional retrofit toolkit which integrates synergistically different subcomponents – ICT, BEMS, HVAC, BIPV and Envelope Technologies – to transform an existing building into a Smart Building.
Based on a whole-building performance approach, the toolkit is conceived to achieve extremely high levels of energy efficiency in the existing residential building stock, with particular reference to Central and Southern Europe, where climate change and energy transition have boosted electricity consumption peaks both during summer and winter seasons.
The system’s central core consists of a cloud-based computing platform, which concentrates operational logics to support decision-making in planning and construction as well as energy performance enhancement and monitoring during operation. The Toolkit provides energy saving, energy fluxes optimization, data exchange and stakeholders’ active involvement features.

HEART will tackle technical, economic and social aspects of energy retrofit by the specific objectives listed below:

OBJECTIVE 1 – To develop systemic and cost-optimal solutions for energy retrofit

The main objective of the project is to develop holistic and multifunctional solutions which offer a joint response to the different needs and problems characterizing the energy retrofit sector.

HEART will develop an original energy toolkit based on the synergistic interaction between building technologies and technical systems. This multifunctional toolkit will be structured to carry not only technical, but also decision-making, management and information features, with the aim of actively involving the different stakeholders (designer, financier, developers, end-users, etc.) in the renovation process.

OBJECTIVE 2 – To develop, update and adapt innovative technologies for their systemic integration

The HEART toolkit will systemically integrate different types of subcomponents - envelope technologies, HVAC, RES and BEMS - offering high levels of performance and communicating with each other.

Starting from the advanced market technologies developed by partners, HEART will improve their performance and make the necessary steps for their systemic integration.

OBJECTIVE 3 – To foster building’s smart upgrade

The developed solutions will enable to convert existing buildings into Smart Buildings, i.e. in interactive buildings characterized by dynamic and multidirectional flows of energy and information.

For this purpose, the Toolkit will develop a building automation solution with affordable cost and without intrusive works needed.

OBJECTIVE 4 – To promote energy efficient financing

As it is conceived, HEART reduces energy consumption, optimizes overall performance and, through a continuous monitoring, makes the building operation transparent. This aspect translates into an effective management of a retrofit intervention and a constant documentation of its performance. The platform allows to aggregate several buildings into single economic management clusters, compensating for the dispersion of interventions, which often constitutes a disincentive for financing parties.

Publications
Adaptive-predictive control strategy for HVAC systems in smart buildings – A review
Gholamzadehmir M, Del Pero C, Buffa S, Fedrizzi R, Aste N (2020)
Journal article
Sustainable Cities and Society

More information: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221067072 ...

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102480

Riqualificare energeticamente un edificio con un toolkit domotico multifunzionale
Scudo P (2018)
Internet

More information: https://www.ingenio-web.it/20499-riqualificare-energeticamen ...

http://hdl.handle.net/10863/9686

Partner
Politecnico di Milano
EST METROPOLE HABITAT
FUNDACION CTIC CENTRO TECNOLOGICO PARA EL DESARROLLO EN ASTURIAS DE LAS TECNOLOGIAS DE LA INFORMACION
QUANTIS
AZIENDA CASA EMILIA ROMAGNA DELLA PROVINCIA DI REGGIO EMILIA
CONSTRUCCIONES GARCIA RAMA
STILLE EKO
VYZVOICE
HELIOTHERM WARMEPUMPENTECHNIK
TURBO POWER SYSTEMS LTD
ZH SPINOFF
REVOLVE WATER
COMITE EUROPEEN DE COORDINATION DE L'HABITAT SOCIAL
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
ECOLE NATIONALE DES TRAVAUX PUBLICS DE L'ETAT

Contact

Pietro Zambelli

Project manager

Roberto Fedrizzi

Vice project managerT 016 550 1740 93+ude.carue@izzirdef.otrebor

Cristiana Losso

Project assistantT 806 550 1740 93+ude.carue@ossol.anaitsirc

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