The H2020 project CRAVEzero aims to increase the viability of nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) through solutions and tools for supporting the cost reduction during the whole life cycle of the buildings. In particular, one of the backbones of the project is the CRAVEzero pinboard, a structured platform that includes all the tools and supporting materials elaborated within the project.
One of the tools available on the pinboard is the “CRAVEzero-life-cycle-tracker”. This is a shared interdisciplinary tool, which provides a framework for the organization and management of nZEB projects for all stakeholders involved in the building life cycle. It incorporates nZEB design principles, promotes integrated working between project team members, and provides the flexibility to match project-specific challenges.
The CRAVEzero-life-cycle-tracker can be used both as an editable process map and as a management tool, providing necessary actions that needs to be taken to reach the nZEB goal. It incorporates nZEB design principles, promotes integrated working between project team members, and provides the flexibility to match project-specific challenges.
The tool is a downloadable and an easy to customize spreadsheet, in Microsoft Excel format, that can be adapted to the specific needs of any practice, team or project.
It contains customizable tables allowing easy creation of the project roles, design responsibility matrix and multidisciplinary schedules of services. It consists of four phases from urban planning to renovation and more than 50 selectable key actions along the entire process. All measures necessary for a specific project to achieve the nZEB standard were defined and systematically selected with the interest groups involved. The ability to turn specific actions on or off and vary the content of others provides a modular structure to create a targeted and tailor-made practice or project-specific version.
As output the tool provides an overview of the individual implementation phases and which actions should be taken and when. In addition, it shows correlations between the individual actions in chronological order, allowing to create a comprehensive mapping of the overall design and construction process.