One of the greatest challenges in the field of the urban planning is to overcome technical difficulties related to a more intelligent use of energy. There is a shortage of necessary tools to allow the energy component to be effectively integrated at the planning stage. Simple and useful methodologies are required to enable the energy management vector to be considered jointly with urban and socio-economic aspects, when groups of buildings, neighbourhoods or cities are planned. Achieving this integration is essential if we are to move towards truly sustainable communities.
We provide solutions for decision making and monitoring in urban energy efficiency improvements projects:
Integration of socio-economic (databases and sampling), urban, and buildings and energy systems information.
The data collection system must process and store a variety of data of different nature, which in most cases is unknown format and how will interact with the system
For this reason, the system is flexible enough to accommodate any data format and from any source.
Sistema de Información Geográfica para la Rehabilitación Energética de Edificios
The Energy Data Innovation Network (EDI-Net) will use smart energy and water meter data to accelerate the implementation of sustainable energy policy. It will do this by increasing the capacity of EU public authorities to act quickly and decisively. The capacity will be increased by the provision of just the right amount of intelligible information, by training and exchange of experiences of Public authorities and by provision of tools and support to implement and monitor their sustainable energy plans.
Energy and socio-economic diagnosis
Collection of urban environment and socio-economic information in order to determine the baseline according to the different profiles of building and inhabitants and to explore possible interventions for energy improvement.
Urban planning and energy simulation
Development and simulation of interventions aimed at the improvement of the energy performance of buildings and urban areas. We rely on online platform of visualization.
Evaluation and multi-criteria comparison of projects
Evaluation and comparison of the developed options based on a multi-dimensional set of indicators and through a multi-criteria software. The assessment is performed at the building and urban area level.
Energy management and monitoring
Definition and implementation of models and management and monitoring software.
The methodology focuses on working with real information about the place, from a basic level of city (register, urban planning) to visits, surveys, sampling in order to dispose of useful information according to the decision level (general plan, special plan, project).
Experience and collaborations
Semantic Technologies for Carbon Reduction
in Urban Planning ICT
European Project co-funded by the European Commission
within the 7th Framework Programme
SEMANCO involves 16 European partners.
The project aims to design, implement and evaluate an online platform that integrates energy information and an energy simulation toolkit.
The SEMANCO integrated platform provides access to widely dispersed energy related data about cities stored by many different organisations. In this way the project platform supports improved energy analysis based on the assessment of existing data rather than estimates. It does this using semantic data modelling that enables information stored in different formats and different places to be used to create a multi-level energy model of an urban area. That can be used to analyse the energy performance of buildings, neighbourhoods, districts and regions.
of a district of Terrassa
This project, funded by the Government of Catalonia involves 5 national partners: (CIMNE, MINUARTIA, Gassó, PICH, AIGUASOL).
The objective of the project was to elaborate a detailed analysis of the energy performance and possible improvements in 850 social housing spread over 12 buildings, including the incorporation of renewable energies and the evaluation of models of energy service companies.
Within the Project, different actions for energy improvement, monitoring of the households energy consumption and calibration of simulations were carried out. In addition, both the incorporation of renewable electricity generation micro-systems and the economic viability of different energy services business models were evaluated.
Programme for Energy Diagnosis and Simulator of Local generation of Greenhouse Effect Gas Emissions, versions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 (70 municipalities)
DESGEL is a project for the “Diputació de Barcelona” (the 2nd tier local government organisation of the Province of Barcelona) developing a software tool for evaluation of energy consumption and greenhouse effect gas emissions at the municipal level and assessment of achievement of the objectives fixed in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors Strategic Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) . The tool comprises the following applications:
- Supporting tool for the inventory base of emissions of the SEAPs
- Supporting tool for the inventory of emissions monitoring, on a regular basis
- Tool for energy diagnosis and future scenarios generation that will help local governments to adjust the structures and to implement the necessary measures
- Tools to collect inventories of several municipalities, to compare data and to share experiences
Energy Urban Plan scenarios
in Commercial Neighbourhood
Part of the European Project MARIE,
co-funded by the European Commission
within the Strategic Framework MED
The MARIE project involves 17 European partners.
The MARIE vision is to allow the countries of the Mediterranean basin to develop a common policy in relation to energy renovation of buildings by creating a socioeconomic context and more appropriate technical and financial leverage capacity. The MARIE project aims to become a permanent set of tools for the countries of the Mediterranean.
Based on an assessment of demand and supply the project aims to identify and provide the points of leverage in such a way which stimulates the market for energy efficiency technologies in connection with buildings, taking into account the climatic, socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of the Mediterranean.
The objective of the Montenegro project is to carry out an analysis of the energy performance of 53 buildings with residential and mixed use in a commercial area of Bar, Montenegro.
The Montenegro project covers the following tasks: survey on socio-economic situation of the residents of 53 buildings, technical information of buildings, energy simulation and calibration; definition and simulation of the building energy performance improvement; evaluation of the economic viability of business models for energy services and renewable energy implementation.
Energy Decision Action
Ongoing European project, co-funded by the EU Intelligent Energy Europe programme.
The Project AIDA involves 10 European partners.
The AIDA project aims to accelerate the market entry of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). Raising awareness towards nZEB among local authorities and building planners becomes a key factor. The main target group of the project is municipal representatives as they are market multipliers on the demand side. Other relevant actors include architects and master-builders on the supply side.
AIDA offers action tailored to suit each of these groups including study tours, operational success stories, presentation of existing tools, active support for municipalities and close cooperation with key actors.