EU H2020 INFINITE - INDUSTRIALISED DURABLE BUILDING ENVELOPE RETROFITTING BY ALL-IN-ONE INTERCONNECTED TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
- Project duration: October 2020 - March 2025
- Project status: Ongoing
- Funding: Competitive Industries (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
- Total project budget: €10,337,874.75
INFINITE aims at increasing the market penetration of industrialized all-in building envelope kits for the deep renovation, as competitive, reliable, stakeholders-accepted and life-cycle-based sustainable approach contributing to decarbonization of the EU building stock. INFINITE will work to narrow the gap towards the full adoption of an industrialized renovation approach developing a set of multi-user and multi-disciplinary tools, and all-in-one industrialised envelope technologies, based on robust business, meeting the demand side requirements, by keeping the focus on final users and all the stakeholders in the value-chain. The INFINITE development drivers are: (i) cost and timing reduction, (ii) Life Cycle perspective, (iii) design for assembly and disassembly, considering end-of-life residual value and the Construction-Demolition-Waste topics, (iv) low carbon impact materials adoption, (v) stakeholders-centered approach to assure concept acceptance. Moreover, INFINITE will setup an open structured knowledge hub and an organized network of entities as hard-facts based dissemination, for the demonstration of the coupling of digital and industrialised approach. Thanks to INFINITE, EU construction sector can take the chance to move forward towards a long-lasting decarbonisation of the building stock, exploiting the advantages of the “Renovation4.0” industrialisation + digitalisation) as new generation of industrialised renovation process. The underpinned ground-breaking technologies, tools and business models, will impact the whole value-chain, being able to trigger the deep renovation market activation. Demo-cases can validate the mentioned Renovation4.0 approach, while the consortium already well-established commercial channels in EU that will facilitate an extensive replication potential and effective results exploitation.
To tackle the challenge of increasing the residential building deep renovation rate and quality, the prefabrication of multifunctional envelopes has been shown to be a technically-viable approach from a series of relevant experiences (1st generation of prefabrication)1. However, still several barriers are preventing a massive adoption of such renovation method. Key obstacles for such renovation approach are : high design efforts and low design freedom, high investment costs, lack of technical flexibility of the technologies, lack of critical mass activation at the demand-side, uncertainty in the market potential, sub-optimized value-chain still based on the traditional renovation, lack of hard-fact knowledge dissemination. The current digitalisation trends in other markets (i.e. Industry4.0), the exploitation of the industrial capabilities and the experiences of the 1st generation of multifunctional prefabricated envelopes are the three INFINITE bases aiming at disruptively change the building renovation sector, finally acting towards a full building stock decarbonisation. Hence, INFINITE proposes a so-called “Renovation4.0”2 approach, leveraging on the advantages of the “digitalisation and industrialisation coupling” to boost the building renovation sector. The expected advantages are the possibility to keep a tailor-made approach with many design freedom, the decreasing retrofit costs and time thanks to the overall system and value-chain optimisations, the adoption of a broad sustainability driver in terms of eco-compatible long-lasting products and systems, life cycle approach for comprehensive design and optimization of the O&M and end-of-life residual value depletion, already in the design early stages.
INFINITE project aims at transferring the Renovation4.0 to the market, developing (i) a set of multi-user and multi-disciplinary design tools, (ii) process-optimised all-in-one industrialised eco envelope kits and (iii) adaptive control systems, (iv) set of demand- and industry-side matched business models to show the Renovation4.0 market potential and finally (v) a structured framework of entities and knowledge able to clearly and widely demonstrate the Renovation4.0 benefits. Hence, INFINITE will work reducing the systems costs, meeting the demand side requirements, engaging all the value-chain stakeholders in the developments. As an impact, INFINITE results will be able to increase the market penetration of sustainable, high-quality and long-lasting building retrofitting. INFINITE partners cover the whole renovation process value-chain and will develop the new generation of the residential building renovation actions, based on an all-in-one industrialised Life-Cycle-based approach.
In order to define a consistent pathway to mitigate overheating, global emissions from the existing building stock must be cut by 80 - 90% by 2050, compared to 2010 levels3. Such a pathway also requires that the renovation rate in EU increases from the present level of 1.2% per annum to a minimum of 3%4. In order to reach the 2050 decarbonisation targets, the majority of European buildings require renovation5, to lower the overall energy consumption in operation and strongly reduce the toxicity of materials used in the past decades. INFINITE proposes Renovation4.0 as ground-breaking approach based on robust and reliable technologies and methodologies to finally impact this picture.
The overall objective of INFINITE is to increase the market penetration of industrialized all-in-one building envelope kits for the deep renovation, as competitive, robust, stakeholders-accepted and LC-based sustainable approach for the decarbonisation of specific building typologies within the EU existing stock. In this sense, the ultimate goal of INFINITE is to demonstrate key tools, robust and competitive technologies and demand-offer matched business models able to boost the adoption of an industrialised and digital retrofit approach in the real market, highlighting actual technical and economic KPIs for real buildings and technologies. From another perspective, INFINITE will show “where&how” the Renovation4.0 have massive market potentials.
Vortice Elettrosociali Spa
PHYSEE GROUP BV
INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE LA EDIFICACION
ONE TEAM SRL
GRUNSTATTGRAU FORSCHUNGS- UND INNOVATIONS-GMBH
RUBNER HOLZBAU SPA
NOBATEK/INEF4 - Institute for Energy and Environmental Transition in Construction
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