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Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020: First building-related calls on Industrial Leadership now open

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On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.

 

The new features of this Work Programme include measures to support market-creating innovation, highly integrated activities called focus areas, emphasis on better dissemination of results and a focus on open access to data. The Work Programme also includes measures to increase simplification (e.g. lump sum funding), to widen participation from less performing countries, and to address skills mismatches.

 

As stated in the Work Programme part on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP), the challenge in 2018-2020 is to develop further, demonstrate and validate key breakthrough technologies for energy-efficient buildings and districts. European added value will result from the impact, on decarbonising the EU building stock and developing affordable and integrated energy storage solutions. Implementation of the activities under EeB should comply with EU, national, regional and local regulations and legislation, in particular regarding health, safety and environmental impact. The relevant call includes several building-related calls; two of them opened on 31 October 2017:

 

LC-EEB-02-2018: Building information modelling adapted to efficient renovation (Deadline: 22 February 2018)

 

Proposals should develop advanced solutions, including all of the following:

 

  •     To harmonise and provide common data exchange formats regarding the components and equipment of a building (e.g. the type of materials and the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in relation to the most actual standards);
  •     The modelling of the building energy should include existing parameters, as well as the environmental and GIS data;
  •     Be flexible in coupling the overall BIM system with other additional types of models (e.g. buildings acoustics; including calculator for economic evaluation of various renovations scenarios);
  •     Be flexible to adapt to work planning, as-buildings documentation and procedures to process changes;
  •     Allow the development of applications to benefit from inputs of inhabitants;
  •     A close cooperation with standardisation bodies is required in order to validate the new BIM tools.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.

 

 

LC-EEB-06-2018-20: ICT enabled, sustainable and affordable residential building construction, design to end of life (Deadline: 22 February 2018)

 

Proposals should:

 

  •     Develop an advanced digitalised and industrialised construction and building process utilising smart combinations of materials/components;
  •     Assess the overall life cycle of construction, in order to deliver more efficient buildings in terms of sustainability and construction, maintenance and operation costs;
  •     Provide for fully integrated systems to be compact, exchangeable, and easy to commission and to operate and demonstrate business solutions for operating such building life-time ICT solutions.

Proposals should include Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) elements regarding public perception and acceptance of advanced building life solutions at the level of the construction sector in Europe.

 

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.