The Horizon 2020 funded DREEAM project (Demonstrating an integrated Renovation approach for Energy Efficiency At the Multi-building scale) aims to show that renovating at a larger scale opens the opportunity for a better integration of renewable energy and is generally more cost effective. The project demonstrates a multi-building and single owner renovation approach that can achieve a 75% reduction of total energy demand.
The core of DREEAM is to identify optimal combinations of technologies, which a) can deliver highest energy reduction for a set of buildings, while at the same time, b) taking into consideration building owners’ financial capacity and the preferences of tenants. The project considers interconnected energy systems including a range of energy demand reduction, renewable energy generation, energy storage and dynamic control.
DREEAM focuses on social and public housing (representing 12% of the EU building stock), whose owners manage large portfolios of residential buildings with high potential for energy performance improvements. In such environment, the economies of scale can be best validated. On the one side, many activities and technologies become cheaper per unit. On the other side, smart energy management systems work best in connected systems.
The DREEAM approach is implemented on pilot sites in the UK, Sweden and Italy. These demonstration sites are to validate the DREEAM method in different climate, cultural and institutional configurations. In parallel, DREEAM develops replicable concepts throughout Europe, focusing on large scale financing and multi-year tendering.
The DREEAM project focuses on finding cost-optimal balances between energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for multi-building renovations in social housing organisations. The project has four main lines for implementation:
- Develop multi-building renovation solutions
- Integrate Smart Energy Management Systems
- Renovate over 300 dwellings
- Support uptake across Europe
For more information visit the project's website at the link provided below.
Project duration: 2015-10-01 to 2019-09-30