Research and Innovation | News | 25 August 2020
HYPERTECH Energy Labs have been awarded a new R&D contract from the European Commission (Project: D^2EPC: Next-generation Dynamic Digital EPCs for Enhanced Quality and User Awareness)
D^2EPC aims to set the grounds for the next generation of dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The proposed framework sets its foundations on the smart-readiness level of the buildings and the corresponding data collection infrastructure and management systems. It is fed by operational data and adopts the ‘digital twin’ concept to advance Building Information Modelling, calculates a novel set of energy, environmental, financial and human comfort/ wellbeing indicators, and through them the EPC classification of the building in question. To accomplish the above aims and objectives, the D2EPC framework will be demonstrated in 6 sites, while its 12 partners coming from 7 European countries will collaborate and provide their expertise and resources within the 36 months of the project’s lifetime.
HYPERTECH Energy Labs are leading the activities in relation to the elicitation of indicators that impact the overall dynamic building performance from the user’s comfort and wellbeing point of view and for the deploying the entire IoT framework that is responsible for information collection from the building towards dynamic EPCs through a non-intrusive performance measurement and monitoring, leveraging on its existing HYP Gateway. Further to that, HYPERTECH Energy Labs undertake the activities for extending the D2EPC digital platform with the performance benchmarking tool and verification and credibility tool under one integrated toolkit.
D^2EPC is a project co-funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme/ Topic: LC-SC3-EE-5-2018-2019-2020. The project has officially been launched on September 1st 2020, its duration is 36 months and it has a total budget of €2.9M.
The implementation of the proposed project is also anticipated to foster the energy saving consciousness of buildings’ users, through their regular information on the actual energy performance of their buildings and suitable incentivisation. The proposed D^2EPC scheme is expected to transform EPCs into a user-friendly, reliable and cost-effective informative tool for both the wide public (building users, occupants, owners, etc.) and professionals (building managers, engineers, designers, etc.), as well as to establish the grounds for turning EPCs registries into consistent policy feeding mechanisms.