EERAdata launch symposium: why the future of the project highly depends on collaboration with end-users ​

The EERAdata decision support tool will help to gather evidence on the benefits of the energy-efficient building stock and to promote local municipalities to upgrade older building stock.

Therefore, it is paramount that the EERAdata consortium work with local municipalities across the EU, enabling a successful collaboration to develop an adaptable and engaging decision-making tool.

This was the main message received by the 40 stakeholders who attended the EERAdata launch symposium which took place on the 18th October 2019 in Munich, Germany.

EERAdata is an EU funded climate change initiative that will work with several municipalities to identify old building stock that can be upgraded to be more energy efficient.

The project aims at developing a decision-support tool via a software application capable of merging data from various sources, formats and fields, which will then model and assess the impact of energy efficiency investment in buildings.

Hosted by the Technical University Munich TUM, the symposium provided the perfect setting for the consortium to work with their audience in developing the perfect energy-saving solution.

During the event, many academic and professional institutions from across the EU gathered to hear about the benefits of EERAdata and the importance of the project.

Partners were given time to present their ideas and industry findings to the audience, demonstrating the importance of a project like EERAdata. Concepts discussed included data security, management, socio-economic benefits and how they would fit into the broader proposition of the project.

A panel of guests from Ireland and continental Europe shared their views on the collection of the building stock data and how the information collected needs to have a purpose.

Following this, all stakeholders in attendance took part in workshops helping the consortium to find out what stakeholders are looking for and what areas need to be addressed.

During the afternoon session, attendees were split into groups with one consortium member/workshop leader to each group discussing the methodology, technical and practical specifications of EERAdata.

“Having this launch event sets the framework for the EERAdata project. Together with stakeholders from municipalities, regions, ministries, science or private companies we assure that, in the next years, we will develop a tool that will not be forgotten, but be helpful, user-friendly and help to steer decision processes towards the sustainable transformation of the building stock,” said Project Co-ordinator Sebastian Botzler.

Drawing on a mix of academic and industry expertise, following the workshop, the consortium drafted a document allowing them to gain a better understanding of what EERAdata can bring to the market and to move onto the next phases of the project.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847101