NEED4B will develop a new replicable methodological approach for designing, constructing and operating very low energy new buildings. This methodology will be validated and enriched by the experience gathered in a series of demonstration buildings to be constructed in 4 European countries. These buildings will proof the feasibility of constructing buildings with an energy consumption target lower that 60 kWh/m2 year.
The variety of typologies and uses of the buildings as well as their location in different climatic zones, contributes to the results of the project being so broadly applicable across Europe:
NEED4B establishes a close connection among these 4 demo sites in order to exchange risks, difficulties, failures and best practices.
It is expected that the measures to be undertaken in the buildings will reduce energy consumption by 50% and CO2 emissions by 60% compared to a standard building.
The project will also deliver recommendations and guidelines adapted to different types of stakeholders: investors, promoters, owner, users, architects, contractors, public authorities, standardization bodies, policy makers, SMEs, etc. By means of these project outputs, these actors will be able to adopt the developed and demonstrated innovative, cost effective and high performance techniques, concepts and solutions, contributing to boost construction of very low energy new building in Europe.
An ambitious dissemination plan has been foreseen, as the demonstrators have been carefully selected to ensure the project’s visibility and impact within the European construction sector.
In addition, exploitation plans will be developed so as to obtain new business models that overcome current market barriers and failures. Specific exploitation plans will be deployed for individual technologies to boost their market uptake.
An extensive monitoring phase lasting 2 years and a half will be deployed in order to eventually evaluate the benefits and impacts achieved in NEED4B.