Great exchange of opportunities, challenges and project ideas at TRIBE “Empowering Cities” conference

//Great exchange of opportunities, challenges and project ideas at TRIBE “Empowering Cities” conference

Great exchange of opportunities, challenges and project ideas at TRIBE “Empowering Cities” conference

The project coordinator CIRCE, under the umbrella of the TRIBE and NEED4B projects, organized an international event last 24th of January in Madrid, to gather the latest innovations in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Covering the whole life cycle of a building (design, construction, operation, user behavior, etc.), the goal of the conference was to present the developments of up to 8 European projects and exchange points of view and ideas for the establishment of new initiatives.

The conference “Empowering cities: Innovative strategies for Smart Buildings and citizens” counted with the participation of more than 70 professionals from companies, research centers, universities and public bodies from all across Europe. The opening was carried out by representatives from CIRCE and the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technology Development (CDTI). The latter presented the steps that the Spanish construction sector is taking towards a future 9th Framework Program, as well as the funding opportunities in the upcoming EU calls within Horizon2020.

Following, the conference was structured in three sessions.

The first one, named “Innovative approaches and solutions for low energy buildings” presented the achievements of NEED4B, including a new methodology for the design, construction and operation of this type of buildings.

The second session, “ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency in buildings”, was focused in the utilization of new and innovative tools to reduce the energy consumption. These applications, simulation programs, and videogames aimed to change the user behavior towards a more energy efficient attitude in several types of buildings, such us public establishments, social housing, dwellings, etc. Among them, TRIBE’s developments to enhance energy efficiency habits in public buildings were presented.

All of these presentations contributed to identify the opportunities and challenges within the construction sector, and were gathered to set the starting point of the next session: a series of parallel roundtables addressing different topics of the Horizon 2020 calls. The roundtables were grouped in the topics “Socio-economic actions towards a sustainable energy use”, “Soultions and services for building renovation” and “Assessment of energy behavior of buildings”. Grouped in these categories, both speakers and attendants were able to exchange ideas, identify synergies and make contacts that could lead to the development of new projects.

This event has been organized by NEED4B and TRIBE projects, and has received support from two TRIBE´s sister projects, EnerGAware and OrbEEt.

You can watch overview video about the event here




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