Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of February our topic is 'Building operation and smart buildings'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?


  • Engagement of building occupants (IT tools and approaches - dashboards, educations, etc.)
  • Smartness for increased Indoor Environmental Quality (and other co-benefits)
  • Components and systems (integration, data storage, maintenance and fault prediction)
  • New services and business models for Smart Buildings.
  • H2020 projects on Smart buildings.

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


overview.jpgOVERVIEW | 3D printing in the construction sector  3D printing, also referred as additive manufacturing (AM), is a major element of the fourth industrial revolution and has the potential to transform the construction sector as a way of introducing robotization into construction.



overview.jpgE-learning for building professionals  The building sector presents a considerable unexploited potential for cost-effective energy savings. Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) standards have become a mandatory requirement in Europe for new construction from 2020, however increasing the rate.


Expert talks


expert.jpgExpert talks – Myriam Olivier , PhD in civil engineering, Mission head at ASTUS-construction, France.  She has worked in the domains of Energy Efficiency and Building Information Management and Modelling for several years and has coordinated and worked in a number of international research projects, including the recently completed H2020 BIMplement project.



expert.jpgExpert Interview - Stijn Verbeke, senior researcher at EnergyVille/VITO and University of Antwerp  Stijn Verbeke is senior researcher at EnergyVille/VITO and University of Antwerp. He is an innovator on smart buildings and data-driven tools for improving the energy performance of buildings and districts. 




6th International Conference On Technological Innovation In Building (CITE 2021). CITE 2021 provides the perfect platform to discuss the latest developments in the field of projects and innovations in new technologies applied to building, architecture, engineering and research.




Masters of Digital 2021 – Digital as the driver for Europe’s recovery. This unique virtual edition will focus on the role of digital in strengthening Europe’s emergence from the global pandemic, and look at how deeper collaboration between business, government and civil society will deliver on the goal of a stronger digital Europe.



The International Standards Virtual Summit Spring 2021. BuildingSMART promotes international consensus among stakeholders on specific standards to accelerate implementation and uptake. buildingSMART standards cover a wide range of process and information capabilities unique to the built environment industry



Webinar | Smart buildings: meet EU innovators. The webinar is organised by the SmartBuilt4EU project, an EC-funded project that aims to support the innovation ecosystem in the smart building value chain through concrete networking and communication actions.





TripleA-reno project: Entertain and Engage with the Energy Transition Game. Turning the boring into the interesting is a key aspect of public-sector initiatives that energizes people, be it public employees or residents! Gamification can accomplish that! Games are fun — they are not always about winning or losing, but about engaging people in an idea and a process. 



“My Europe 2050” e-learning tool. My Europe in 2050 lets you choose how we will change the European "Machine" in the next decades. How we will move, live, eat and consume, how we will change the agriculture, transport, energy generation and production systems. 



Building automation and control systems requirements in the revised EPBD: how to check compliance? To support the Member States in implementing the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), eu.bac has created a compliance checklist for Building Automation and Control System requirements related to the mandatory capabilities.




original.jpgZmiana ustawy o wspieraniu termomodernizacji i remontów Na początku 2021 roku weszły w życie przepisy zmieniające ustawę o wspieraniu termomodernizacji i remontów.Ustawa przewiduje utworzenie Centralnej Ewidencji Emisyjności Budynków (CEEB), która ma służyć do zidentyfikowania źródeł emisji z budynków.



original.jpgSIEA uvoľňuje ďalšie financie na inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie obnoviteľných zdrojov energie v domácnostiach Žiadosti o poukážky z projektu Zelená domácnostiam II bude možné znovu podávať od februára 2021. Na inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie obnoviteľných zdrojov energie budú mať domácnosti naďalej päť mesiacov. 




European Building Automation Controls Association releases checklist to assess BACS compliance with EPBD requirements European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) has created a compliance checklist for Building Automation and Control System (BACS) requirements



original.jpgePANACEA Implementation of innovative certification schemes The report "Next Generation of EPCs and Quality Convergence across the EU: Implementation of Innovative Certification Schemes" aims to tackle current EPC challenges by proposing new features for implementation within existing schemes.




resalta.jpgSvart hotel in Norway: how to reach the Plus Energy target The architect firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, has designed “Svart”, the world’s first Plus Energy hotel in a Northern climate.




sykesNotarjeva vila.The house was built after the 1st world war as notary's villa in the former periphery of Tolmin where richer buildings were located.The house expresses the characteristics of secession and is listed in the Register of Slovene cultural heritage.





sykesSmart Readiness Indicator for Buildings  The 2018 revision of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to further promote smart building technologies, in particular through the establishment of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings.This indicator will allow for rating the smart readiness of buildings.



sykesIRIS project The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions, including applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions.



sykesiBECOME Project Gets Underway iBECOME is a virtual BMS platform that aims to bring intelligence, energy efficiency and comfort to all types of buildings. It offers a paradigm shift in building energy efficiency by utilising IoT big data and advanced analytics.




Get ready for March's Topic of the Month 'Low carbon construction materials​' and prepare your next publications.


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