iNSPiRe has recently completed four important reports that will help the project deliver its effective systemic retrofit solutions to the market.

These four reports explain some of the work that has gone into validating iNSPiRe solutions. They also explain how the data produced during the project will support all stakeholders involved in buildings renovation and the reduction of energy use in older buildings in particular.

The four reports are:

Guidelines on Environmental and Cost Integrated Approach for Systemic Packages

This report looks at the iNSPiRe project’s aims to design, develop and industrialise buildings components, kits and systemic packages for deep energy renovation of buildings, both in the residential and tertiary sectors. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) methods are used to assess the sustainability of solutions being developed, in particular their benefits on primary energy savings.

Report on Auditing tool for assessment of building needs

The first step towards increased energy efficiency in buildings is to conduct an energy audit. This report looks at how audits provide a foundation for the identification of energy conservation opportunities through analysis of the building’s energy consumption. An appropriate energy conservation measure can then be chosen. Energy auditing tools can be a great support in the assessment and planning process of new and renovated building aiming to achieve high-energy efficiency.

Report on the Developed distributed Surveillance Platform

This report focuses on the design and development of the distributed surveillance platform system. The aim of this surveillance system is to inform owners, maintenance and energy managers how the energy usage levels in the building fluctuate. The energy usage levels are measured using an Energy Portal monitoring system that can handle sensors and devices that communicate through several protocols. The measurements done by the devices are transmitted to a data logger, like the FarWay (FAR Systems Gateway) or the iLON Smart Server used in the iNSPiRe project.

Training and Educational Material

The majority of the building stock in Europe is comprised of buildings with low energy performance, in this document iNSPiRe explains how it targets a primary energy demand of 50kWh/(m2y) for existing residential and office buildings, through a systemic approach to the deep retrofit of existing buildings, which includes envelope and HVAC system technologies (Energy Renovation Packages) and the development of multifunctional systems, including energy production and distribution integrated into an envelope system. This document not only functions as an explanation of how iNSPiRe renovates buildings but will also be used by iNSPiRe as training material to further disseminate its plans and objectives.