AMANAC Roadmaps for technology adoption

AMANAC Roadmaps for technology adoption

Recommendations for promoting the market uptake of innovative products and services in the Construction and Building Sector

 Introduction

With the support of the AMANAC Cluster, the BRIMEE and ECO-BINDER European Projects organised the Expert Workshop entitled “Bridging the gap between Research and Market Uptake: Innovative Energy Efficiency Building Solutions” dedicated to presenting a general overview of innovative solutions, technological opportunities and initiatives for building sustainability. The workshop took place in Milan, on the 23rd November 2016. 41 European experts from 10 different countries participated in the event.

The event included a roadmapping session with the strategic goal to develop jointly a set of recommendations specifically targeting European stakeholders and policy makers in order to promote the market uptake of innovative products and services in the Construction and Building Sector.

The specific objectives of the roadmap exercise were:

  • to identify future European actions to be taken in order to overcome the existing barriers to the market uptake of innovative products and services. Such actions may be seen as future topics of the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (H2020 and FP9). The roadmap exercise focused on high Technology Readiness Levels (i.e. TRL 5-8, from technology validated in a relevant environment to system completed and qualified);
  • to estimate the timeline of such actions (2017-2025);
  • to estimate the required economic resources to develop each action, which may require private and public funding;
  • to cluster the actions by type:
    • Regulation and standardization;
    • HSE and LCA;
    • Technology and process upscaling and demonstration;
    • Business planning, marketing, communication and education.

Organization and Methodology

Experts were divided into groups based on the group number received during registration (from 1 to 4).

There were four posters in the room, each one focused on one theme of interest:

  • Regulation and standardization;
  • Heath, Safety and Environmental issues (HSE) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA);
  • Technology and process upscaling and demonstration;
  • Business planning, marketing, communication and education.

Expert groups moved to the different posters, spending approximately 10 minutes at each of them. Each poster session was facilitated by a Poster Chair, from the Ecobinder and Brimee projects.

The posters included different columns for different timelines: short-term (2017-2019), medium-term (2020-2022) and long-term (2023-2025).

Figure 1 – Stickers for the posters

Each expert had stickers (Figure 1) to be filled in and attached to posters. Stickers included the title of the action, the timeline (short-, medium- or long-term), the required resources, which were estimated for a single project in the range less than 50,000€ to over 5 Million€. Finally, the theme of the action was also displayed.

 

The list of recent or ongoing EEB topics of the current H2020 Work Programme (2016-2017) was provided as background material, in order to get an overview of the actions already performed/planned and therefore avoid duplication.

The brainstorming session ended with a wrap up plenary session: each Poster chair gave an overview of the stickers collected on his/her posters.

Concluding remarks and next steps, including a provisional timeline for release of the Roadmap, were given at the end of the session.

Results

All posters were filled in with many stickers (77 in total): Figure 2 shows examples of resulting posters.

Figure 2 – Examples of Roadmap posters on business planning, marketing communication and education (left panel) and on technology upscaling and demonstration (right panel)

The recommendations were revised and clustered when needed, leading to the following tables which list the collected suggestions, grouped by topic and with details of timeline and required resources.

Table 1: Collected recommendations on Heath, Safety and Environmental issues (HSE) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Table 2: Collected recommendations on regulation and standardisation

Table 3: Collected recommendations on technology and process upscaling and demonstration

Table 4: Collected recommendations on business planning, marketing, communication and education

Discussion and conclusion

Most of the suggestions are for short to medium term actions, aligned with the end of H2020 and the beginning of FP9 Framework Programmes. Even though the suggested actions are very diverse in terms of focus (some general and others on specific technical aspects), some key recommendations may be summarised for each area.

In the area of HSE and LCA there is need for:

  • Unified approaches considering many of the following aspects: LCA, LCCA, HSE parameters, Internet of Things aspects. Such approach should consider the whole value and supply chain, with a major focus on industrial factors.
  • Monitoring tools and building management systems especially for retrofitted buildings and IEQ assessment.
  • Technical solutions leading to high LCA and HSE improvements, for instance focusing on new IAQ technologies or CO2 storage and CO2 activated materials.

In the area of regulation and standardisation there is need for:

  • New standards and certifications for: systems with limited validity time, building retrofitting (e.g. structural panels for facades, NZEB existing buildings, historical buildings), IAQ standards for emission labeling of materials.
  • Upgrading and integration at a national level of the EU regulation and standardisation regarding IAQ, IEQ, energy and building management etc.

In the area of technology and industrial upscaling and demonstration there is need for:

  • Investment for upscaling, industrial production and commercialisation, with focus on long-term monitoring in demonstrators, data integration and management and mechanisation.
  • Other potential mechanisms for result upscaling and promoting the market uptake of research results such as funding cluster initiatives for demonstration and royalty based follow-up research for high-level results of selected projects

In the area of business planning, marketing, communication and education there is need for:

  • Dissemination, communication and outreach, education and marketing in energy efficient building and selected topics such as use of natural/local resources, high efficiency storage, near zero energy buildings, indoor air and environmental quality.
  • Mentoring networks and coordination and support actions for supporting SMEs and start-ups.
  • Finding other financial opportunities for follow up/follow on of demonstration projects (potentially initiated by a restricted release of consortium business plan).

 

The reported roadmapping exercise gave the opportunity to develop the described set of recommendations in a joint exercise with European stakeholders. The recommendations will be publicly disseminated through different channels, especially targeting European policy makers.

 

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