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Project name:

Pro BONO– Pillars for Realising Outcomes from Buildings of Negative Output - Towards innovative and energy positive buildings in green neighbourhood networks

Status: In Preparation
Creation date: 31-07-2020

Project objectives:

This proposal will be submitted to the Green Deal Area 4: Energy and resource efficient buildings LC-GD-4-1-2020: Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way.

Context

Addressing the climate emergency, we do have the clear knowledge and in many instances the evidence, to understand that society and the communities within it are interconnected and interdependent ecosystems. Changes and inputs in one part have corresponding outputs and consequences in another. Which is especially so for the various actions and initiatives the world is taking such as with green energy, the circular economy and de-carbonisation for example, where both theoretical and practical models of these system dynamics can be readily accessed.

During the last decades the development of the green buildings has been gaining momentum addressing the overall goals of sustainable development, and has highlighted the need of working with new technologies and services through fully-integrated processes managing, planning, design, construction, and operation steps of the facility life-cycle. Such integrated approach needs to include selecting energy generation options and providing energy management optimisation controls for both building and building networks.

Further, understanding the economic return on investment (ROI) is essential, in order to sufficiently motivate companies, stakeholders and investors, emphasising a shift in thinking about value propositions, as well incentives and benefits needed for all stakeholders including citizens. Smart energy solutions – district energy and thermal energy storage – that combine cooling and heating are highly energy and resource efficient and an affordable solution to help minimize the “heat island effect”.

In order to make sustainable construction applicable in a practical manner, measurable and thus comparable, the DGNB[1] has developed its own certification system. The system was first introduced to the market in 2009 and has been continuously developed since then and is now not only considered the most advanced in the world but is also internationally recognized as the Global Benchmark for Sustainability. “We believe that a DGNB certification is an effective way to secure the value in our buildings in relation to improved expenses, energy effective, high quality in the indoor climate and with an expectation of raised rent earnings in the future. At the same time, we make a strong tribute to climate changes.” Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, Pension Danmark.[2]

Private sector finance is an industry driven by data. One of the points of the green taxonomy is to provide definitions, which can work in a data driven environment, so private sector money can be invested in a green manner. The regulation and technical work on the green taxonomy has just been finished this spring, so no one has a long experience in providing data from the real world (such as buildings) to private sector decision makers. Perhaps this is a gap, that this project might help to close.

The Pro BONO Objectives Approach

The overall project objective is to establish to establish an open infrastructure enabling Green Building Communities (governance and financing institutions, planners, owners, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, tenants, etc.) to establish Ecosystems for the design and construction of new or retrofitting of existing buildings as zero-emission/zero-pollution, positive energy power hoses within sustainable green neighbourhoods.

Objectives

  1. Establish key attributes for classification of green buildings leveraging DGNB
  2. Provide a methodological framework and simulation-based assessment for Green Building Innovations
    1. seamless industrial construction/renovation workflows from design to eventual offsite manufacturing, installation and post-construction monitoring
    2. highly energy-efficient building designs (incorporating thermal design and orientation), adapted to local environments and climatic conditions, including activepassive solutions for the building envelope
    3. innovative zero-emission and more cost and energy efficient, Renewable energy generation in the buildings combined with urban service facilities
    4. Energy storage systems (e.g. using second life batteries from electric vehicles) with bidirectional charging functionalities
    5. Highly energy-efficient building operation at reduced maintenance costs and long-term performance with the help of digital technologies to optimise energy generation, consumption, storage and flexibility at neighbourhood scale,
  3. Establish a series of Social Innovations using Serious Games to identify new/credible incentives associated with LL communities
    1. Citizen awareness raising activities linked to green neighbourhood “living labs”
    2. “green schools” paradigm
    3. education and training for sustainability, conducive to competences and positive behaviour
  4. Establish Pro-Bono Blueprints for Green building networks
  5. Exploit and advance latest research on enhanced Green and Human-centred Building Information Models (BIM) by adapting assets and technologies to the context of Pro-Bono Blueprints for Green building by augmenting BIMs with new kinds of object classes called spatial artefacts in conjunction with logic programming reasoning engines. increase the usability, energy efficiency and secure operation of building systems and appliances, ensuring optimal comfort for users and a healthier living environment.
  6. Operational Energy Optimisation through Digital Twins utilizing the models from 5 and linking g with the IoT and data sources from the LLs
  7. Establish a series of Pro BONO Ecosystems - Living Labs to experiment and test scalability design of green, positive energy neighbourhoods well embedded in the spatial, economic, technical, environmental, regulatory and social context of the demonstration#
  8. Investigate standards and regulatory aspects to ensure operational efficiency of buildings and HVAC technologies also addressing the design-built performance gap

[1] https://www.dgnb-system.de/en/system/
[2] https://www.dk-gbc.dk/english/what-does-the-market-say-about-dgnb/

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