The vision of the SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (FEEB&D) is to enable the reduction of the overall energy demand of the Swiss building stock by a factor of five during the next cycle of renewal of buildings by renovation or replacement without compromising on functionality, comfort or cost. The realization of this vision depends on new solutions at different levels and determines the structure of FEEB&D:
WP1 Building Materials:
Versatile high performance insulation materials based on aerogels for the retrofitting of existing buildings at a competitive cost level will reduce the energy demand for heating and improve comfort at the same time. Dynamic glazing will increase the use of daylight, foster solar gains in winter and reduce cooling loads in summer.
WP2 Building Energy Management:
Advanced predictive building control technologies will be developed in order to achieve significant efficiency gains by taking energy demand, supply from renewable sources, price fluctuations and grid services into account. Self-sufficient lighting systems will be based on optimally integrated high efficacy light sources and locally produced electricity. Thanks to building systems integration the overall efficiency of PV modules will be enhanced and the on-site use of direct current solar electricity will further improve the net balance.
WP3 Urban Dezentralized Systems:
The effective technical and economic potential of renewable resources at an urban and/or territorial level will be assessed by a geo-dependent energy database providing accurate demand and supply data, as well as methods and tools. A co-simulation platform will be developed to model urban energy systems consisting of multi-energy grids and energy hubs in order to evaluate the potential of alternative energy distribution systems. FEEB&D will set up experimental planning tools and facilities for low cost technical proof-of –concepts and on-site evaluations under realistic operating conditions.
WP4 Socio-Economic Implementation:
Economic performance and dynamics of technologies will be considered in order to assess the economic performance of selected key technologies in a dynamic and interdependent perspective. Organizational barriers to technology development and adoption will be examined in order to identify barriers and drivers to energy efficiency technology adoption by industrial firms, as well as the development and export of new products and services. Implementation of building energy efficiency technologies at large scale will be modelled and tools developed to assess different scenarios for the future development.