Affordable and user-friendly renovation concepts

News - 19 December 2019 - Communication BK

The new consortium IEBB stands for integrated energy transition for existing buildings and has received a 13,8 million euro grant to develop affordable and user-friendly renovation concepts in the coming years. Researchers from the faculties of Architecture and the Built Environment, Industrial Design Engineering and Applied Sciences at TU Delft are developing the necessary knowledge for, amongst others, innovative renovation concepts, digitisation of the renovation process, optimisation of heat pumps and energy performance of buildings, chain innovation and implementation.

TU Delft receives a total of 1,87 million euro from the larger grant. The subsidy was awarded in the context of the Multi-year Mission-driven Innovation Programs (MMIPs). With the additional program size of 21,4 million euro, the renovation concepts will help to achieve a rate of 200.000 renovated homes per year in the coming years. The IEBB partnership was initiated by the Building and Technology Innovation Center (BTIC). In total, IEBB consists of more than 125 participating parties from knowledge institutions, the construction industry, the technology and design sector, governments, homeowners and residents. This includes the Delft University of Technology, the Technical University Eindhoven, the Technical University Twente and the Wageningen University, who participate in the consortium within the 4TU Bouw-alliance.

The consortium applies a new way of collaborating between requesting and offering parties and knowledge institutions. Thus, the usual fragmentation and competition in the sector is converted into a long-term cooperation. Knowledge and new technologies are developed with an integrated approach on the basis of a joint development agenda. The consortium focuses on innovative solutions for heat conversion and storage, digitisation, industrialisation concepts, chain integration, and forms of cooperation.

Feasible, scalable and affordable renovation solutions
At present, available solutions are too expensive, labour-intensive and do not meet the expectations and needs of residents. Making renovation solutions feasible, scalable and affordable is therefore an important objective. TU Delft makes a major contribution to this by developing specific knowledge within the various faculties, under the leadership of Professor of Housing Quality and Process Innovation Henk Visscher. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment works together with the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering on data-driven optimisation of the energy performance of buildings. The faculties of Applied Sciences and Industrial Design Engineering work together on heat pump innovations. Researchers at the Architectural Engineering and Technology department of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment pay attention to the development of innovative renovation concepts and the digitisation of the renovation process. From the point of view of Management in the Built Environment, obstacles to housing owners, a decision model for housing associations and chain innovation are examined.

Multi-year Mission-driven Innovation Programs
The MMIPs are part of the Climate Agreement. A first Call was issued this year by RVO and focused on achieving a CO2-free built environment. The overarching goal is to arrive at a situation in 2025 in which good-functioning climate-neutral energy systems are available for virtually all building types in the built environment, producible on a large scale. In addition to IEBB, the WarmingUP programme has also been awarded funding, in which TU Delft is also actively participating.

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Henk Visscher

IEBB consortium