Scope of the project
MaTrID aims at supporting the implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings by 2020. In this context the building design phase is of particular importance. Integrated Design (ID) in general is a valuable approach to reduce the complexity of the design process and facilitates the interactions between the members of the design team. ID allows them to provide the best solution for the whole building. It is not limited to energy efficiency and goes beyond this issue. The greatest benefits are provided only if applied in the earliest stages of the project, when changes to the design are still easy to implement. The benefit of EU collaboration is to cross-pollinate best practices among leading European countries (including clients, private industry, etc.). Knowledge transfer among Europe and various actors is the main benefit of MaTrID.
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The project has been running for 8 months. Considerable milestones have already been accomplished.
- The project team has developed an ID tool-kit, which are process guidelines. The ideas in this draft tie up with outcomes of the “Intend”-project (www.intendesign.com). It explains why ID is of particular importance and what it is in general. It highlights the ID process step by step. In doing so, special emphasis lies with “goal setting” and the clients. Moreover, it describes the interactions with certificates like BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, etc. In-depth information on the client brief, contractual models and remunerations models can be found in the appendix.
- A draft version of an evaluation tool has also been developed. This tool is crucial to keep track of recent activities. Policy recommendations will be given on this basis. They will have a sustainable impact beyond the scope of this project.
- Pilot projects will be accompanied by project partners in each respective country. Every country has already identified at least one pilot project ranging from 300 m² up to 10,000 m². Depending on the degree of involvement in the design process, the respective partner makes useful contributions. Outcomes will be documented and key findings can be disseminated.
- In cooperation with the Green Building Programme a special ID-award will be launched in May 2013 and awarded in summer 2014.
For this purpose the whole MaTrID project team is asking for active participation. Soon more details can be found on the updated project webpage www.integrateddesign.eu.
Indicative impact and recommendation on data availability
ID leads to a better energy performance compared to a conventional design process. In the case of major refurbishment of large multifamily residential buildings the quality impact is estimated to be 20% (final energy demand lower by 20%). For the case of new construction of multifamily buildings the quality impact is assumed to be 40%. For service buildings refurbishment the impact is assumed to be 30% and for new construction of service buildings we assume a quality impact of 50%. With respect to renewable energy we assume that ID leads to a better integration of renewables into the design concept of the building and thus to a higher “coverage ratio” of renewables. As refers to IEE projects aiming at the improvement of energy efficiency in the building sector, a major source of uncertainty in performance indicators calculations is the basic data on building stock and heating/cooling markets, which is not easily available for EU-27. We therefore recommend to make a basic set of statistical data available for EU-27, including among others the following data: building stock for different building segments (single family houses, multifamily houses, service buildings, potentially with further disaggregation, preferably in m²), data on construction activity (annual new construction, renovation rates, etc.), data on the average mix of energy carriers differentiated for different building segments.
The MaTrID project is supported by the European Commission in the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. The MaTrID project duration is from June 19, 2012 – December 18, 2014 (Contract Number: IEE/11/989/SI2.615952).