4RinEU management to implement deep renovation

In general terms, a Deep Renovation project basically consists on the implementation of a set of actions aimed to reduce the global energy consumption of an existing building, through the renovation of the heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting systems and the improvement of the energy passive features of the building envelope. It is usually a complex process which involves many stakeholders, goes through several stages, implements a wide and diverse range of technical solutions and must consider a set of technical, economic and human factors with common and ambitious objectives.

Renovation projects are usually approached not as an integral process according to the complexity required but as a service delivery indifferent to the difficulty and multiplicity of the interactions existing between the parties involved and developed activities. This approach may result in the achievement of a sub-optimal global solution, the noncompliance of the defined targets, the increase of the final costs for one or several parties or, in the worst case, the project failure.

The methodology outlined in this document offers a new way of conducting the management of deep renovation projects, defining the barriers and challenges that the building construction industry should address.

Download the report – October, 18 2019

Guidelines and technology concepts for managing building end of life

The objective of the guidelines is to define good practices to advise the manufacturers in relation to the sustainability of deconstruction processes. With this aim, specific disassembly approaches to manage the end-of-life of the buildings components, increasing the recycling rate of the construction materials for the proposed technologies, are defined.

Download the report – September, 30 2019

Fan/HVAC control strategies and integration guidelines – Confidential

This study aims at developing a smart ceiling fan with the capability of automatically adapt its rotational speed based on the temperature and relative humidity values measured in the room.

This document is confidential – For more information please contact Eurac Research

Prefabricated multifunctional façade and technical booklet – Confidential

This document describes 4RinEU’s systematic and robust approach towards deep renovation using prefabricated multifunctional timber-frame façade elements. These prefabricated elements integrate building service components that are added to existing buildings by means of the new envelope, improving energy performance.

This document is confidential – For more information please contact Gumpp & Maier

Protocol for participative deep renovation design and user motivation

4RinEU short guidelines allow to identify and lower the deep renovation barrier, as well as to increase the stakeholders’ motivation in different EU geo-clusters. The protocol includes the identification of roles, needs and interests of owners, tenants and public authority, being key elements for achieving a successful and efficient implementation, reaching the expected impact in terms of energy savings and increased renovation rate.

Download the report – October, 31 2018


Energy Audit of the deep renovation for the demo cases – Confidential

The report presents the audit methodology and the tools developed in the demo cases to reduce ‘prebound’ and ‘rebound’ effect on energy use in buildings, considering fuel poverty issue. The cost-optimal energy audit method couples surveys, measurements and modelling. It is a stand-alone service between the energy management companies and designers, in a wider framework of deep renovation.

 This document is confidential – For more information please contact R2M Solution



Identification and assessment of exploitable results

This document is the final of a series for three documents treating the subject of competence analysis and the identification and management of exploitable results (ER) in the 4RinEU project.

Market and stakeholder analysis

In this deliverable analysis about market trends, experiences and actors are presented regarding the sectors of the products and services developed in the 4RinEU project. The main sector which has been analysed is the renovation market for residential buildings. This is considered as the principal target market for the results of 4RinEU project. Therefore, trends and data about houses renovations have been presented and analysed at European level and particularly for 4 selected target countries: Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, and Italy.

Concept design and performance targets for the demos

This document describes, for each demo case, the process leading to the definition of the
4RinEU renovation concepts including:

  • The key features of the buildings
  • The renovation needs and the main drivers
  • The targets for the renovation (both specific minimum requirements provided by local laws and regulations and 4RinEu targets)
  • The procurement procedure followed by the demo owners in case of renovation
  • The Gantt of the renovation activities in the three demo cases in coordination with 4RinEU
  • The specificities of the renovation concepts

Regional adaptable financial instruments

This report gives a comprehensive summary of available financial instruments that support deep renovation of existing residential buildings on the European level, with in-depth insights to available instruments in Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Hungary and the UK and Ireland. It gives a good snapshot of the current state of the funding schemes for deep renovation of buildings in these European countries.

Risk Assessment Guidance

In this report, risk management in deep renovation projects using the technologies and methods developed in 4RinEU is described. The report is prepared for professional owners or managers of dwellings but can hopefully also be of use for building surveyors, designers and contractors as well as less professional building owners.

Deep renovation at district scale and grid interactions

The electrification of the residential sector together with the decarbonization of the electricity generation is considered as an important step to achieve the low-carbon emissions targets. In this context, buildings cannot be seen only as an individual entity and for this reason, there is a growing interest in energy communities.
This document focuses on the analysis of the adoption of photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies, harvesting solar radiation, at the district level in three demo-cases (located in The Netherlands, Spain, Norway)

Early-RENo: Early design methodology

Early-Reno stands for Early design methodology for Renewable Optimal use in building renovation process. This methodology has been included into an integrated tool, aimed to support the early decision-making process in case of renovation. The objective of the tool is to suggest the solution for maximising the exploitation of renewable energy sources available on site, while renovating a building. The main target users of the tool are designers and practitioners that have to evaluate the renewable energy potential and its exploitation while planning a renovation project.
The tool is quite flexible, but it has been developed considering the specific boundary conditions and needs of residential buildings (both single and multi family houses), according to the focus of 4Rin EU project.

Concept design and performance targets for the demos

A report will define the best technology package to be used in each demo, taking into account its own peculiarities in terms of architectural features, construction typologies, climate and social aspects, deepness of renovation intervention, kind of facilities, structure of governance and decision making process (including owner, occupant, architect, main contractor, etc.), etc. A detailed plan with concept design will be drafted, with performance targets for the deep renovation on each of the three demo cases.


Sensible Building Data Handler App

A novel tablet application for iOS, Windows and Android will be developed, able to gather data from the building. The app will allow the user to identify which systems are installed in various rooms (e.g. dimming controls for lighting in a room, room by room heating controls etc.) and ‘tag’ this information so that it can be applied to the operational model at a later date. A database of common equipment will be created, to allow the user to easily tag and to identify the location of plant and equipment that may differ from the original plans and layout of the building. The app will also contain functionality to specify sensor and meter locations in the building.