ProcuRE

EU H2020 ProcuRE: Pre-commercial Procurement of Breakthrough Solutions for 100% Renewable Energy Supply in Buildings

ProcuRE
  • Project duration: November 2020 - May 2024
  • Project status:
    Ongoing
  • Funding:
    Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
  • Total project budget: €10,943,125.00

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy demand and 36% of the CO2 emissions in Europe. It is expected that 90% of the currently existing building stock will still be in service in 2050, the year set for Europe to reach the energy reduction target of 80% compared to 2005. European policies and legislation are in place to allow an acceleration of decarbonisation in the building sector, starting out, however, from a situation where renovation is making only a moderate contribution (0.4 to 1.2% per year) and complete replacement of existing stock is very slow (1-1.5% per year). The time is ripe for a new approach, taking advantage of spare capacity in the construction sector in many countries.
To achieve our climate goals, renovation in Europe must be accelerated, lifting many more existing buildings to an optimal efficiency level as well as maximising the deployment of self-consumed Renewable Energy Supply. The timely focus of procuRE is on cost-effective delivery of on-site RES solutions to existing public buildings.
Challenges in delivering on-site RES include accommodating spatial constraints, adapting to the surrounding built environment and delivering enough energy storage to eliminate use of the electricity grid. For optimal performance it is essential to integrate solutions across technologies, requiring procuRE suppliers to overcome the current extreme fragmentation of the sector, where more than 95% of manufacturers and professionals operate as SMEs, and most in siloed national or local markets. Integration of the optimal selection of cutting-edge RE technologies requires a level of expertise most owners and their planners cannot be expected to acquire. More finance must be attracted to advanced energy renovation despite investors' natural preference for low-risk solutions and their aversion to complexity.
procuRE focuses on non-residential buildings in the public sector. The residential sector cannot be expected to generate the necessary demand – only 10% of units are in the portfolios of larger housing companies. Public sector actors typically have large portfolios and the types of public building selected by ProcuRE municipalities – administrative offices and schools – make up a large part with high potential for replication in the private sector.

procuRE brings together 6 procurers from 6 countries to jointly tackle the common challenge of achieving 100% Renewable Energy Supply in existing public buildings. The procurers are willing to invest 7.68 million € in Research and Development to address this challenge in their regions, to be prepared in coming years to tackle their combined stock of over 21,000 buildings. The procuRE solutions, developed in competition under the PCP instrument, will fully meet the need for decarbonisation of building stock.

The procuRE approach centres on a systemic renovation package comprising advanced components, configurations and services from design to implementation and day-to-day operation. procuRE will provide six configurations to achieve 100% renewable supply throughout the year. The breakthrough lies in composing, modelling and sourcing integration of a full range of new and existing components at speed and at low cost without overburdening procurers. Occupant behaviour, acknowledged to be of increasing importance, is taken fully into account. With the clear focus on the PCP to drive upscaling and de-fragmentation of public and private investments, the package includes an assessment framework to mask complexity and deliver procurers and investors with transparent choices of their options for action to maximise value delivery across the complete life-cycle. Integrated training services build the skills necessary to run the building to specification and ensure it continues to perform as designed.
In their renovation package, suppliers must have the tools to identify and assess all possible existing and installable renewable energy sources, including waste heat, and to deliver complete effective heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems able to eliminate off-site supply. The package will include advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) to select between solutions and configuration options and maintain a clear view of future performance. Adaptation to regulation differences across Europe must be easily configured. Tools should be included to monitor, operate and maintain the building at a distance for efficiency and to reduce dependency on local installers who have typically low levels of knowledge of advanced RES systems. Suppliers must be able to deliver financing and risk assessment in parallel with design, and to communicate results clearly to investors and building owners. Both requirements will build up capacities of public authorities as building owners and future investors, lowering the bar to join in future efforts on a European scale. Finally, suppliers are to provide innovative, embedded and cost-efficient training to professionals and to building occupants and users to avoid ineffective tinkering and ensure optimal operation.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy demand and 36% of the CO2 emissions in Europe. It is expected that 90% of the currently existing building stock will still be in service in 2050, the year set for Europe to reach the energy reduction target of 80% compared to 2005. European policies and legislation are in place to allow an acceleration of decarbonisation in the building sector, starting out, however, from a situation where renovation is making only a moderate contribution (0.4 to 1.2% per year) and complete replacement of existing stock is very slow (1-1.5% per year). The time is ripe for a new approach, taking advantage of spare capacity in the construction sector in many countries.
To achieve our climate goals, renovation in Europe must be accelerated, lifting many more existing buildings to an optimal efficiency level as well as maximising the deployment of self-consumed Renewable Energy Supply. The timely focus of procuRE is on cost-effective delivery of on-site RES solutions to existing public buildings.
Challenges in delivering on-site RES include accommodating spatial constraints, adapting to the surrounding built environment and delivering enough energy storage to eliminate use of the electricity grid. For optimal performance it is essential to integrate solutions across technologies, requiring procuRE suppliers to overcome the current extreme fragmentation of the sector, where more than 95% of manufacturers and professionals operate as SMEs, and most in siloed national or local markets. Integration of the optimal selection of cutting-edge RE technologies requires a level of expertise most owners and their planners cannot be expected to acquire. More finance must be attracted to advanced energy renovation despite investors' natural preference for low-risk solutions and their aversion to complexity.
procuRE focuses on non-residential buildings in the public sector. The residential sector cannot be expected to generate the necessary demand – only 10% of units are in the portfolios of larger housing companies. Public sector actors typically have large portfolios and the types of public building selected by ProcuRE municipalities – administrative offices and schools – make up a large part with high potential for replication in the private sector.

procuRE brings together 6 procurers from 6 countries to jointly tackle the common challenge of achieving 100% Renewable Energy Supply in existing public buildings. The procurers are willing to invest 7.68 million € in Research and Development to address this challenge in their regions, to be prepared in coming years to tackle their combined stock of over 21,000 buildings. The procuRE solutions, developed in competition under the PCP instrument, will fully meet the need for decarbonisation of building stock.

The procuRE approach centres on a systemic renovation package comprising advanced components, configurations and services from design to implementation and day-to-day operation. procuRE will provide six configurations to achieve 100% renewable supply throughout the year. The breakthrough lies in composing, modelling and sourcing integration of a full range of new and existing components at speed and at low cost without overburdening procurers. Occupant behaviour, acknowledged to be of increasing importance, is taken fully into account. With the clear focus on the PCP to drive upscaling and de-fragmentation of public and private investments, the package includes an assessment framework to mask complexity and deliver procurers and investors with transparent choices of their options for action to maximise value delivery across the complete life-cycle. Integrated training services build the skills necessary to run the building to specification and ensure it continues to perform as designed.
In their renovation package, suppliers must have the tools to identify and assess all possible existing and installable renewable energy sources, including waste heat, and to deliver complete effective heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems able to eliminate off-site supply. The package will include advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) to select between solutions and configuration options and maintain a clear view of future performance. Adaptation to regulation differences across Europe must be easily configured. Tools should be included to monitor, operate and maintain the building at a distance for efficiency and to reduce dependency on local installers who have typically low levels of knowledge of advanced RES systems. Suppliers must be able to deliver financing and risk assessment in parallel with design, and to communicate results clearly to investors and building owners. Both requirements will build up capacities of public authorities as building owners and future investors, lowering the bar to join in future efforts on a European scale. Finally, suppliers are to provide innovative, embedded and cost-efficient training to professionals and to building occupants and users to avoid ineffective tinkering and ensure optimal operation.

Partner
Ozyegin University
empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
EILAT
Energaia – Energy Agency South of the Porto Metropolitan Area
NUREMBERG
KSSENA - Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region
AMB - Area Metropolitana de Barcelona

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Roberto Fedrizzi

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

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Vice project manager

Cristiana Losso

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

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