Local communities and cities play a crucial role in the energy transition. A large proportion of energy usage can be attributed to the urban landscape, and forms a significant challenge. Therefore, new buildings, renovation projects and even entire districts must conform to high energy standards. EnergyVille develops knowledge to support the European Commission, regional and local governments and industry in the transition to an energy efficient, low carbon and sustainable urban environment. We develop new technological insights, tools and assessment methods and we support new business models.
Marlies Van Holm
Tatiana Pasquel Garcia
Building & district modelling
In the transition to a carbon-free future, a crucial role is reserved for local communities and cities. By 2050, half of the current building stock in Europe will still be in use. That is why optimizing the energy profile of our buildings and cities has become a top priority, with the right balance between energy efficiency, renewable energy and flexibility. Regardless of whether you are a public or private player, EnergyVille can support you in this transition. Our technological solutions are already being applied in over 55 urban test areas across Europe.
Building materials, buildings and energy technology life cycle evaluation
Buildings and their technologies play a crucial role in the transition towards a sustainable world. The building sector has a significant influence on climate change, energy consumption and depletion of natural resources. EnergyVille offers support to make buildings, building materials, technical installations and renewable energy systems more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Using Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) our experts calculate the environmental impact, the energy consumption and the total costs of materials, installations and buildings during their entire life (extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, installation, use phase, end-of-life treatment etc.). EnergyVille uses the results to develop new technological insights and tools, to support decision making on regional, national and European level, and to help companies during their product development and marketing strategies.
Home energy management systems
EnergyVille has a lot of experience with the control and optimisation of thermal and electrical energy installations in residential and commercial buildings. From state-of-art model predictive control techniques to advanced data-driven machine learning, there is always an optimal controller to combine the user comfort requirements with low costs, minimal emissions or for maximal integration of renewables. Algorithms and their implementation in real systems are key.
- Buildings as material banks (BAMB)
- City-zen: City Zero (carbon) ENergy
- ECODISTR-ICT: Integrated decision support tool for retrofit and renewal towards sustainable districts
- SmarThor: research platform for multi-energy systems and markets
- AmBIENCE (Active managed Buildings with Energy performaNce Contracting)