The iNSPiRe Team assemble in Madrid


Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo (EMVS), Madrid

March 7-8, 2013

Partners of the iNSPiRe project met recently in Madrid for the second gathering of the General Assembly and Steering Committee. Hosted by Spanish partner EMVS, the meeting allowed for detailed assessment of the work in the first six months of the project, discussion of what needs to take place in the next reporting period and the marking of any deliverables and milestones.

The steering committee began the two-day meeting by approving the Plan for Using and Disseminating the Foreground, presented by IPL (WP9) with some

minor amendments. The project’s General Assembly then met in full, welcomed to Madrid by the iNSPiRe project coordinator Roberto Fedrizzi.

Several issues of project organization were discussed before the main work package presentations began. Partners were updated by lead partner EURAC about information on financial reporting and the second issue of pre-financing money. Explanation was also provided about the timesheets each partner must complete to release this money.

The first six months of the iNSPiRe project have been very successful, with all work packages fully up to date with their tasks and deliverables. There have been some surprising results from research partners, while industrial partners have all reported good progress with the development of products and tools to be used in the renovation kits and packages. Each work package delivered a detailed report to the meeting about their progress.

Work Package Two – Assessment of buildings’ loads and architectural features

This work package has started its detailed building stock analysis, concentrating in the first six months on residential buildings, basing its research on data already available in the EU. The report highlighted the scarcity of good data available for office buildings.

This work package has also started work on the modeling requirements for the demo buildings, and will now concentrate on completing the criteria needed to identify the target buildings for renovation. The work will also involve assessment of climatic conditions for target buildings to ensure kits are developed for all possible climates.

Work Package Three – Buildings and envelope solutions

This is the largest work package and the work carried out in the first six months has been extensive, both in the development of the envelope solutions themselves, but also in all the sub-work packages associated with these tasks, namely heating, lighting and ventilations solutions.

Most progress has been made on the wooden envelope solution, which has been started, while the office kit has also been started. Work on a specific heat pump for installation within the kit is also progressing well, with a pre-commercial product already in place.

Discussion during this work package session focused mainly on the assessment of the best combinations of solutions for both residential and office kits, while the use of daylight solutions was also a main focus.

Work Package Four – Energy generation and distribution solutions

Energy generation work has also been substantial in the first six months of the project, with an emphasis on developing the best technology appropriate for the kits. A number of scenarios were presented at the meeting and the discussion focused very much on the best combinations of systems to be used in the kits.

The work package also reported that work on the cooling distribution kits has been started.

Work Package Five – Monitoring of Energy Management

There was a good deal of discussion surrounding the use of sensors to be used in the monitoring of demonstration buildings in order to best model the efficacy of the solutions being developed.

Discussion also focused on the monitoring hardware specification needed for each demonstration building being used in the project and how the performance figures for each demonstration case were best defined.

Work Package Seven – Demonstration

Demonstration is at an early stage, but the demonstration sites have already been identified and the elaboration of heating loads has begun. The focus of this session was very much on the auditing of data and how that should be elaborated and how heating and cooling loads should be measured. A timeline for installation was also discussed.

The installation of the monitoring systems at the three demo cases will take place in the next three months.

Work Package Nine – Dissemination

Work Package Nine presented a set of deliverables and these were all passed by the General Assembly, with some minor alterations.

The session on dissemination proved a useful platform for delivering an explanation of the overall dissemination plan and how all the partners will be involved in its successful delivery, managed by IPL.

The project website was also demonstrated for the partners as well as an explanation of the extensive work already done in establishing a large target audience and how key messages would be delivered to each sector of that audience.

Finally, a short draft film was shown to the partners for approval of the overall tone and style of the message. This was approved and IPL will now continue to develop this over the next few months.

The meeting also included a visit to the Madrid demonstration building in the Ciudad de Los Angeles city quarter. There, partners were able to see the condition of the building to be renovated using iNSPiRe solutions and talk to the architect about the building’s conditions, history and his plans for improvements. Partners also learnt about the social history of the area, its people and the climatic conditions they face. It was an extremely valuable exercise.

The meeting ended with a run through key deliverables and milestones for the next six months of the project and a decision that the next meeting will be held in September in either Verona or Stuttgart.

The building that will be used in the project