Demonstrating TripleA-reno concepts in real environments

Oct 22 2021 | Written by C. Knubben |
WP5 (Monitoring and evaluating) was focused on the practical applications of the open gamified platform tools, apps and information and communication services, to demonstrate their usefulness, validity and practicability in real environments, impersonated by 6 demo buildings (14 dwellings) in Greece, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and the Netherlands, addressing the complete range of residential building types, characterised by different criteria: the diverse climatic conditions along Europe, the construction year of the buildings, the type of ownership or the building size class (single family, multi-family). The work was organized in 2 phases: the first phase aimed to feed the platform with real inputs from occupants’ perceptions and building data from professionals and monitoring, and the second phase was focused on evaluating and fine-tuning the platform based on the feedback provided by the users involved. For the first part of the work, extensive monitoring campaigns and ethnographic research were carried out, getting us to know the real-life conditions, need, concerns and expectation of the demo buildings occupants (very important for our user-centred approach) and the situation of the buildings they were living in (needed for evaluating the real impact of the designed renovations, but also for assessing human perceptions with objective data and find relations demonstrating the co-benefits of the energy renovation strategies, such as comfort or value). These activities ‘on the field’ were profoundly enriching for the researchers who performed them but also for the work aimed by the project, and fed Deliverables in WP2 (D2.3 on Ethnography research), WP3 (D3.4 on the Combined Labelling scheme) and WP5 (D5.2 on monitoring Data evaluation), available on our website. These findings can be divided in those which helped us better understanding the motivations and barriers faced by the stakeholders in the different geographical contexts; those which helped us visualising real performance of renovated buildings and benefits of renovation (e.g.: Slovenian building measured a 30% energy reduction only for heating, compared with the initially estimated 28% reduction for the total energy consumption); those which allowed us to recommend specific actions; and those which proofed the TripleA-reno tools could help on making a more Attractive, Acceptable and Affordable renovation process.

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