Sustainable buildings and smart cities – getting started for the energy transition in cities

Technical and economic studies to design and manage the renovation of urban areas

RETHINKING HABITATS

40 to 45% of Europe’s energy consumption (and two thirds of the CO2 emissions) comes from buildings. Achieving a low-carbon economy therefore requires to renovate existing urban districts and build new ones that are highly energy efficient, which brings forward a number of challenges:

  • Which are the technologies to be implemented in order to reach an optimum cost / energy efficiency?
  • How to finance efficiently and fairly deep refurbishments at European scale?
  • Which business models should be developed to accelerate the renovation pace? (today only 1.2% while it should be around 2-3% to meet the EU objectives)
  • How to verify and guarantee that the obtained performances are the expected ones?

TECHNOFI helps its clients (industrials, construction companies, and local energy utilities, municipalities) to design and evaluate different long-term refurbishment plans. These major operations call for new business models: TECHNOFI provides support to validate their consistency and ambition.

Our solution

SINFONIA: development of a decision-support tool for the long-term planning of urban district refurbishment. The tool will enable the user to define scenarios and compare their impact (cost, benefits) to plan the next 30 years and beyond.

Missions / projects

SINFONIA

The SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale integrated energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. An integrated set of measures combining the retrofitting of more than 100,000m² of living surface, optimisation of the electricity grid, and solutions for district heating and cooling will be deployed in two pilot districts in Innsbruck and Bolzano.

TECHNOFI is in charge of developing a decision-support tool for the planning of long-term refurbishment at city scale, using the concept of scalable and replicable district templates.
TECHNOFI is also involved in the assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of the demonstrations.

BRESAER

The overall objective of BRESAER project is to design, develop and demonstrate an innovative, cost-effective, adaptable and industrialized envelope system for buildings refurbishment including combined active and passive pre-fabricated solutions integrated in a versatile lightweight structural mesh. A demonstration will be performed in an education building in Turkey.

TECHNOFI is in charge of the exploitation activities, i.e. designing the exploitation plan and IPR strategy for all projects results as well as developing business plans for key project results having the highest exploitation potential.

MeeFS

The MeeFS project aims to develop, evaluate and demonstrate an innovative multifunctional façade system for drastically improving the energy efficiency of retrofitting geared towards the residential building sector across Europe. The team will work collaboratively on the façade development (architectural, energetic, passive and active breakthrough technologies, energy management system, installation, and structural material) and façade demonstration (in real life building in Spain).

TECHNOFI is in charge of the exploitation activities, i.e. designing the exploitation plan and IPR strategy for all projects results as well as developing business plans for key project results having the highest exploitation potential.

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