iNSPiRe partners gathered for the seventh official project meeting on October 13-14, held at Hochschule für Technik, part of Stuttgart University and hosted by the Centre for Applied Research at Universities of Applied Sciences – Sustainable Energy Technology, ZAFH.net.
The meeting gave all partners the opportunity to update the group on progress being made with the development and implementation of the iNSPiRe kits, with sessions focused on how the technology is currently being applied and tested at the demonstration sites in Ludwigsburg and Madrid. Partner Gumpp and Maier, for example, explained how the wooden façade has now been constructed, incorporating the micro heat pump, piping and ducts and the PV units and will be applied to the demo building in Ludwigsburg over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, renovation work has progressed well in Madrid, where radiant ceiling panels, incorporating lighting units, as well as the innovative central energy hub and PV panels have all been applied to the buildings, with little disruption to the residents inside. Work is now progressing well to finish the total renovation of the whole building, when monitoring and assessment will take place.
The meeting also involved a highly useful interactive session on business planning for the products the project has produced, with the group discussing how the wooden façade and the energy hub could be taken to market and the different approaches to marketing the retrofit systems that could be adopted. Partner ClimateWell will produce a report about this business modelling, with measures that will prove invaluable to ensuring iNSPiRe delivers real market impact.
Finally, partners were able to discuss ongoing work being undertaken as part of the project which will deliver valuable information to all stakeholders involved in the retrofitting market. These sessions included discussion about the iNSPiRe databases that are now available for public scrutiny that provide information about the impact of a variety of retrofit solutions on selected building types. Discussion also took place about the ongoing Life Cycle Analysis, which will now start delivering the evidence that iNSPiRe solutions are a cost-effective way to significantly reduce energy use in older buildings, while at the same time reducing costs and harmful emissions.
As the project enters its final year, iNSPiRe is starting to deliver some impressive results, with evidence already taking shape that the six retrofit kits, the renovation packages and the supporting data could have a significant impact in terms of the optimum integration of technology into innovative façades and retrofitting techniques.