On 9 December 2021, after two long years of not being able to meet in person, the EERAdata Team gathered at the premises of the Colegio de Arquitectos the Malaga in Andalusia, Spain, for the final conference of the EERAdata project.
The final conference took place as a hybrid event, with most of the EERAdata members on-site and external guests, stakeholders and presenters connected through the gathertown conference platform. Despite the event being mostly digital, new ways were investigated to create an engaging conference experience for all participants. This game-type, browser based get together allowed participants to interact with each other and, most importantly, to discover the EERAdata world almost like in reality. Items, like specially produced tutorial videos for the EERAdata Decision support tool, brochures, reports, scientific publications and more could easily be explored.
Over 40 registrants had the chance to listen to presentations, get in touch with the developers of the EERAdata Decision Support Tool (DST), connect with the team and with one another. The conference brought together key stakeholders working in the field of energy renovation of buildings to jointly address the challenges and barriers of better understanding and quantifying wider benefits of Energy Efficiency projects. Starting with a comprehensive presentation about the European Green Deal and EU policy perspectives, Project Officer from CINEA, Christophe Milin, set the basis for various perspectives on energy efficiency topics.
Alternating with project highlights presented by the EERAdata Team, experts from our three frontrunner countries, like Boštjan Krajnc, Director at Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška region or Jorge Ruiz, from the Andalusian Social housing association (AVRA), gave insights on energy efficiency projects, national policies and the future of sustainable building in the respective countries. A core element of the event was the demonstration of the EERAdata Decision Support tool and its main features as well as case study results.
The conference was closed by an interactive discussion and an impulse lecture by Susanne Hirschmann from the Bavarian Research Alliance who sketched the next steps, potential calls and opportunities to lead EERAdata into the next development stage.
If you are interested but were unable to join, you can review the Conference Briefing here, or please contact us to receive all presentations, links and information about the project and conference results. If you are interested in testing the tool, please contact our Project Coordinator Sebastian Botzler through firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847101.